Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Hey everybody! Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

If you have to drive through the neighborhood, drive a little slower. The little ones have a habit of dashing across the street to get to the houses with the best goodies.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cabin fever! Already?

I can't believe it! We've been doing BBQ contest every two to three weeks during the summer. Now, we have some time off and we can't wait to get back on the road.

Pat suggested that we just get away every couple of weeks so we don't get out of suitcase packing practice. LOL It is strange, when you go on the road, you can't wait to get home, and when you're home, you can't wait to get back on the road.

How do you explain it?

The above picture is from a couple of Februaries ago when we did the Winter Burn. Although we complain about cold weather we are somewhat ready for it!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I'll live!!

As mentioned earlier, Pat and I had a doctor's appointment today (10/17/09). After spending two and a half hours in the office.. we were pronounced healthy. I think.

Granted Pat and I are both overweight and diabetic our doctor is convinced we are really sick but she can't figure out with what. Whenever we mention this pain or that ache, we get sent to a specialist almost immediately. The specialist tells us we are healthy.

Almost immediately except when we have a real problem. Then we have to wait 4 to 6 months. I don't think you want to read about when I had an ear ache and had to bully my way to see and ear doctor.

I know you don't want to hear about my health problems but BBQ season is over and I gotta talk about something. LOL The email addy is to the right. Drop me a line and I'll answer your questions here.

Da Dude

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Libertyville Illinois

If you are going to be near Libertyville this weekend (Oct 16th & 17th), stop by Lamb's Farm right off of IL294. The Barn Burner BBQ contest will be taking place. Friday evening (16th) will have a People's Choice Chili contest, a hot chili eating contest and lots more. Wanna talk BBQ? Friday evening is the time to talk to different teams and look at different BBQ cookers. It for a good cause, so stop by a spend a little money.

Saturday starting at noon will be turn ins. I'm sure there will be samples given out to interested spectators.

Unfortunately the Dudette and I have Doctor's appointment Saturday so we can't cook or even judge. Darn it!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

All good things...

must come to an end. For me the 2009 BBQ Competition season ended with the Arthur IL. contest. I got an 8th place call for ribs and Pat got a 2nd place call in "sides" contest. Pat made a squash salad in her parmesan bowls.

The Arthur contest is a hard contest to win anything in. It sits between the American Royal contest and the Jack Daniels (aka The Jack) Invitational contest. A lot of these teams are nationally ranked, making last minute tweaks to their recipes to try and wow the judges at The Jack. Congratulations to Florida Skin & Bones for being Grand Champion and Quau for being Reserve Grand Champion.

Also, there were several teams fighting for the Illinois Team of the Year Trophy. In order to win that trophy you have to cook at least 6 contests in Illinois and be from Illinois. If you cook more than 6 contests they take the scores from your 6 highest. The Arthur contest is included for the current year so teams try to win, or at least get the highest score they can. Congratulations to Smokey Joel / Cubby Bear for being Illinois Team of the Year.

This was a good year for us. We got a "call" in every contest. Most contests 2 calls and some 3 calls in the regular KCBS categories. Pat had several calls in the "sides" categories at several contests. We got rained on, sun & heat on, we also froze at some contests. All in all it was a fun year!

I can't wait until next year! Pat thinks I'm crazy.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Count down to Arthur..

One week from today we'll be in Arthur Illinois cooking in the Central Illinois Bragging Rights contest. Sadly, this will be the last contest of the year for us.

Our contest year started in Wamac Illinois in some cold wet weather and it looks like our year will end in cold wet weather. We've done 7 contests so far and averaged 2 awards a contest. We've had 3 top ten finishes in the KCBS part of the contests. Pat has won several awards for her side dishes and desserts.  We cooked in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. It has been a fun year BBQwise. We also made a little money.. very little.

Sadly, we hate to see it end for this year. Then again, it will give us a whole winter to try out new recipes and techniques. We'll take a look at the contents of the trailer and get rid of the stuff we never used. When spring comes we'll hit the ground running, maybe. If our retirement goes as planned we'll have the summer to travel and do more contest in different states.

I can't wait till next year!

Da Dude