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April 13-14, 2007

BBQ Cook-Off Pictures & Write-Up

Team "Sug's Shack" - Adrian Salazar, Charles Myles, & Alex Rendori

Grand Champion:   Sug's Shack

 Don Grissom & Derek Mueler   

Reserve Grand Champion:
  Dueling Bubba's
  Overall Rankings
Chicken Rankings Rib Rankings
Pork Rankings
Brisket Rankings
  Southwest, Anything Butt
Dessert Rankings

  Rick Streiff & Dan Cannon, Team BBQbyDan
Receiving 2nd Place for Pork Butt



Team BBQbyDan
Dan & Barbara Cannon, Rick & Karen Streiff, & Jessica Streiff up behind doing all the work !
Team BBQbyDan placed 4th Overall

Various venue pictures
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Tom Emery, CBBQA President
Arlie Brag, Event Organizer/Promoter
Glen Stanley, participant / volunteer
Dueling Bubba's
Don Grissom & Derek Mueler
2007 Autry Reserve Champions
Vic Sessions,
Team "Asleep at the Grill"
Bill & Dan,
Team "Tropical Heat"
I'm on the right just visiting
Brent Walton,
Team "QN4U"
hanging out with the competition
Gene Goycochea
Team "Out of this World BBQ"
Elvin and Gary Tackett
Team "Best in the West"
Team "Sug's Shack"
Charles Myles & team
2007 Autry Grand Champions

Team "Mojave Hot Stuff"
Tom Chilton and son Phillip
Team "All Hogs Go to Heaven"
Steve, Ardith, Ted, & Vince
Team "The Pit Stop"
Pam Gram and Pete
Team "Santa Yanez BBQ"
Robert Santoro
Journalist (Eva Buskas, right) and photographer (Maja Flink, left) following Team BBQbyDan for a Swedish newspaper called Aftonbladet.
Rick doing the Southwest entry and Maja photographing
Maja, John Hopkins & Eva
John and Lew Miller were the KCBS representative overseeing the competition.   Eva was interviewing John 
Kim, Randy, Jessica's school mates, Jessica, and Rick
 Team BBQbyDan (Rick & Karen) , All Hogs to to Heaven (Steve), and Sug's Shack (Charles) exchanging secret BBQ information
  Eva is capturing to paper, photographers Pat & Maja with camera
Rick & Jessica Streiff, & myself BBQbyDan Dessert entry  
BBQbyDan Southwest entry
(on the right)
BBQbyDan Southwest entry
(this is a bit blurred)

BBQ n' at the Autry, Los Angeles (Griffith Park) California, 13-14-April-2007

By Dan Cannon, Team BBQbyDan, 



This year was even better than last year!  We were fortunate enough to have scored 4th place overall out of 32 teams !!!  Not quite the same as Reserve Grand Champion (2nd place) like last year but we were happy.  The Autry venue, facilitation, and turnout, was better than ever.  Upon arrival everything was in perfect order.  Our reserved cooking spot and team parking (from last year) was promptly made available for quick and easy access.  So, team arrival, setup, and trailer layout, was accomplished in a quick and easy manner. 

I arrived just prior to noon and many teams appeared to be set up already.  Several teams had arrived early to meet Gayle Anderson and her team from KTLA (channel 5) Morning news.  They had 3 segments starting around 08:00 till 10:00 on local broadcast on TV.  The interviewed teams prepared Butt, Brisket, and other items for the TV crew to view, sample, and comment on. 


It had been very windy the day before (Thursday) but that pretty much tapered off just after noon Friday.  Both Friday and Saturday turned out to be a beautiful warm day. Rick and I had a chance to visit other BBQ teams and relax a bit before the late afternoon rigors of the meat preparation and Southwest "Anything But" turn-in later that evening.
Just after noon we were met by a journalist (Eva Buskas) and a photographer (Maja Flink) working for a Swedish newspaper called Aftonbladet (  Eva, who had contacted me a month earlier via email, explained that BBQ has become very popular in Sweden in recent years and they were going to do a magazine type insert for the Aftonbladet.  They were looking to do a story on the American way of BBQ'ing which differs a bit from the Swedish way.  Eva wanted to follow one of the BBQ teams during the contest. Since our team was the Reserve Champion last year they felt it would be fun and exciting to do the article about our team.  We happily agreed. To make the introductions easier and more comfortable for all we arranged to meet at my place in Agua Dulce California a few weeks prior to the event.  All the team members (Barbara, myself, Rick, Karen, & Jessica) spent the afternoon chit-chatting with Eva and Maja about BBQ, looking at and understanding my BBQ equipment, and eating BBQ meats and side dishes prepared the way we do it. I think it was a great afternoon and educational for all. We even sent the left-over's back with them to their local residence (I think they liked the BBQ beans as much as the meats).   Of course the expectation of such an agreement is we do well at the upcoming event!  So, everybody keeps their fingers crossed (or pressed together) that at least the chosen and scrutinized team (us) will hopefully provide a respectable showing (like even make it to the presentation stage at least once !!!).  I gave the Swedish news crew a heads-up that I / we would do our best for a good showing but no guarantees.  Fortunately, not too far from end of the award presentations (whew) we got called for a 2nd place award for Pork Butt, Maja got at least one good picture (she gave me a big smile and thumbs up), and the heat was off.  The team could all relax.  Anyway, it was a great experience and their participation and involvement made it much more special and enjoyable for everybody on the team.


Rick and Karen Streiff (BBQbyDan team members) arrived about noon as well and setup their camper adjacent to our cooking site.  They had to get to the business of preparing and assembling the “Southwest Anything Butt” entry for the evening.  It was King Crab Enchiladas with Margaritas on the side (pictured below).  There was lots of chopping of peppers and cheese grating to obtain the required indigenous Southwest Mexican flair and taste. The Dessert entry was scheduled for the the next day, Saturday at 02:00 pm.  Arlie said he was doing a separate Dessert dish so that the Southwest entry would be geared more towards a meat or dinner entry versus a Southwest dessert.  And, by having the Dessert entry the next day the taste buds of the judges would not be impacted by the Friday evening Southwest turn-ins.


Rick and I had lots of pork ribs, beef briskets, pork butts, and chicken to trim, season, and prepare for quick entry into the pit later that evening and the next morning.  We had our work cut out for us.


This was the fourth BBQ Contest that Arlie Bragg has organized that I have attended and they are always very nicely planned out, well organized, and "Team-Friendly" in their approach and attitude. Arlie is always at the venue location bright and early (07:00 am) on opening day providing easy and organized entry, access, and setup.  Vehicle and space requirements are always nicely provided for making it easy to arrive and get setup. Electrical, water, ice, and required facilities are always abundantly available.  All the teams were provided water and ice both Friday and Saturday.  It is nice to be catered to.



Saturday was a beautiful day (no wind as many had predicted), many spectators, and much going on. Unlike any other BBQ Contest I have seen in California over the last 10 years this event has been well publicized through the media (KTLA morning news, Gayle Anderson, channel 5).  That brought a lot of curious folks that might not have known anything was happening.  Since the advent of BBQ Contests presented on the Food Network, the print media, and local television coverage, the participating  public  has  become  much  more  aware of BBQ Cook-Offs and activities.  Many passing folks told us that there were long lines of cars waiting to enter and exit the event.  Not to mention long lines for the BBQ vendors feeding the public.  Hopefully everybody was rewarded and satiated in the end.


Finally turn-in time arrived and we did skillfully what we have done so many times before.  Perfectly  (hopefully) prepared our greens, did our best to pick the best pieces of meat or chicken for final turn-in, and got everything to the judges building by the specified turn-in time.  All turn-in's were complete by 02:00 pm.


Awards presentation commenced at 04:15 pm.    BBQ at the Autry organizers thanked all the sponsors and attendees for their attendance.  

- Sug's Shack, The great BBQ Team of Charles Myles & crew, took the “Grand Champion”
- Dueling Bubba's, Long-time competitors Don Grissom & Derek Mueler, took "Reserve Champion"

- QN4U, Many-Grand-Champ-Team, Brent & Kim Walton, took "3rd Place Overall"

The venue maxed and sold out with 32 participating paid BBQ teams by December 2006. 

Our team, BBQbyDan, was pleasantly surprised to be called to the stage for 2nd in Pork Butt, and was fortunate enough to capture 4th Place Overall for the "BBQ'n at the Autry" 2007 State BBQ contest.
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Our team was  very  excited and honored to be selected by the judges out of so many (32  participating) long-time  and  experienced award  winning teams.  A moment like that can never be taken for granted or expected. 


We had fully packed up our camp-site and equipment for departure prior to the awards ceremony at 04:15 pm Saturday.   But I was going to spend the night at the event site to celebrate our great success with Team QN4U and whoever else decided to stay as well.  As it turned out we had a nice relaxing evening with BBQ Team QN4U, the Pit Stop who stayed for a while, Pat Brandon the Photographer (707-425-4268), and some team sponsors who hung out a bit into the evening.  Kim Walton brought in some pizzas and we got to have a nice non-meat (traditional after a BBQ contest) dinner.  Kim and I were the last to finally call it an evening about midnight.  Then, everybody woke up to the pitter-patter of rain about 04:00 am.  I, Brent Walton, and Pat got up to survey the surroundings and unpacked equipment for its moisture content.  Brent and Pat started packing his equipment.  I chose to say my good-by's and hit the road.  I was home, warm, dry, and in bed before 07:00 am.


Part of the attraction and enjoyment of these events is the ability to sit down after an event, relax around a campfire or heater, and chit-chat with the other teams.  We discuss how the contest went, what we did wrong or right, and finally to relish and appreciate the awards we may, or may not, have obtained.  The participating BBQ teams through the years have come to know each other very well, are good friends, and feel like family while on the circuit. The evening after a contest is looked forward to as much as the contest itself.    At many contests, if allowed,  many teams and participants will stay the night after the event, stay up late visiting with good friends, and relax after a weekend of schedules and stress.

Thanks again to Arlie and all the sponsors, volunteers, participants, and BBQ teams that make these events so special.



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