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Beachfront BBQ State Cook-Off
Imperial Beach California
Comments below were extracted from the CBBQA
Yahoogroups email string
(pictures at bottom thanks to Bentley Meredith)
In CBBQA@yahoogroups.com, Del
It was a great event. We had 11 teams, below is their winning positions:
1. Holy Smoke
2. Smoke N Mirrors
3. Out Of This World
4. Bar B Que'n Fools
5. A Taste Of Texas BBQ
7. Palms Springs BBQ
8. Gourmet Grills
9. Stealth BBQ
10. Smoke Rings Circus
11. Burbank Bad Boys BBQ
All the teams were having a good time. If you ever get a chance to set up
next to those Bad Boys do it they will help you stay awake all night.
Great people. I gave them a sample of the BBQ'n Fools new super Hot BBQ
sauce with out telling them it was kind of hot. Man what a show it was
worth the price of gas just to watch that. All and all those that missed
it you lost out on some great fellowship with other Q'ers. Congrats
to Carl for such a great job taking Grand Champion. Gene did a great Job
there were a lot of people walking around the event both days many
expressed interest in the CBBQA. He even got the local press down to cover
Kristin Meredith, wrote:
First, congratulations to Holy Smoke for taking Grand Champions!!
They are great competitors and truly supportive of our California
events. I hope Bentley can get his photos online because he has a
nice picture of Carl and Verna by their winning site.
Second, thanks to Gene for setting up the event. It was a beautiful
day, great location and a nice turnout. I know there was a constant
line of folks buying BBQ from Gene's charity organization and I hope
that he was able to raise a lot of funds for the Boys and Girls
Club. It is nice to think that we, as a group, provided a little bit
of a background for that charitable activity to take place.
Third (and I know since I was judging yesterday that this statement
is somewhat self-serving), I think that all the judges should be
thanked. There were 11 teams and 13 certified judges, so this meant
that we had table captains who were CBJ's. Judges came from some
distance -- I know that at my table, we had a person who had traveled
from Thousand Oaks. That is a 300 mile round trip just to judge. I
think that more people who are certified are feeling that they should
come judge if they can't compete and we, as a group, should applaud
and support those efforts since it will strengthen our competitions and
raise our credibility.
In CBBQA@yahoogroups.com, Kaun
Thanks to Gene for the fine event (and the tri-tip dinner), John and
Lynn Ross for the excellent and beyond-the-call competition, John
Hopkins for repping the event, and to everyone who has been so generous
with their congratulations.
Tom Chilton asked if I would give some hints about my success. I'm
unsure whether to share dumping a brisket into the water pan, or
steaming some ribs. At least my pit didn't catch fire, not to name
names :-). Maybe I'll share what I think John Ross's chicken secret
is - he grills them. But I guess there might be more to it than
that. The more I think about it, why should I be the one
giving hints? I didn't take first in a single category. The
category winners should be giving the tips.
Actually, I didn't do anything especially different, except with
chicken. I did frenched buffalo legs for chicken. My tasters
compared them with some more traditional thighs, and unanimously
voted the legs for turn-in. They were pretty zesty, so there's maybe
something to be learned there.
I did cook as good a brisket as I know how to, and it only took a 4th.
<sigh> What do I do now?
It was nice to see everyone there - Kim and Brent, Del, Scott Williams,
Grant, Ken and Shara, Alvin and Carol, Kristin, Bentley, and all.
Also mista neil and beautiful significant other. I'd love to see you at
the next one.
In CBBQA@yahoogroups.com, Randy
The only thing comforting about being last is not having to look back to
see whether anyone is coming up from behind! We'll be back but we'd
like to offer our anchor position to someone else!
Thanks to all for making us feel mighty welcome! Despite Del saying we
kept him up all night, he is a fun guy to have right across the street.
He entertained us from dusk to dawn with his stories and jokes. We
discovered he takes it as well as he gives it.
Burbank Bad Boys BBQ
CBBQA@yahoogroups.com, Gene Goycochea, wrote:
Hello everyone, just wanted to say that I enjoyed having everyone who
attended this year's Beachfront BBQ event.
The teams, the judges, our contest rep (john Hopkins who always does a
great job for us.....
This years event was judges by 100% KCBS certified judges and table
captains.... (good to see)
I want to congratulate Carl Kaun (Holy Smoke) a San Diego team who
was the Grand Champion of this years event and John Ross (Smoke & Mirrors)
a Kansas City team for Reserve Champion..... I hear that all of the food
was pretty good from the judges that I talked too........
I for one had a nice time seeing all of the teams and being around the
nice smell of smoke for the couple of days.....
Just wanted to say Thank You,
In CBBQA@yahoogroups.com, Grant
It was tough getting there late in the evening, first time doing that,
ouch. Somehow the brisket flat got push through and took 3rd. It did
taste good and was tender, so that helped. It was the second time
that BBQ'n Fools has been with the new scoring system it will likely
take awhile to understand what the Judges are thinking. The next
event I believe Tom will be doing on his own, one we have a couple of
these scores we can get a better feel as to what is happening on the
Judges tables. I will likely be judging myself at Follows Camp if
they need some extra Judges.
It was great to see all of my BBQ Friend's and share barbecue
thoughts with some of the new first time teams. We also were able to
talk to interested people in CBBQA and give out some fliers. I wish I
could have dedicated more time to the CBBQA booth, but with some help
we did make some contacts. I keep working on new places to get the
info out about CBBQA.
As for the one hand tied behind my back, will I would just like to
say to those cooking chicken at this event, Great Job! Looks like we
may have some new chicken champion rising in the ranks of BBQ, love
to see it, and taste it too!
Wishing you all the best in BBQ.
Grant Ford, VP CBBQA.
BBQ'n Fools Cooking Team
(pictures thanks to
Holy Smoke, Carl & Verna Kaun
Smoke n Mirrors, John & Lynn
QN4U, Brent & Kim Walton
John Hopkins at the Judging
Team Groumet Grills
Kent & Charla from Arizona
Street view of Event
BBQnFools, Grant Ford and Tom
Team Stealth BBQ, Scott Williams
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