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The Meet, 2006
Blues - Brews - Barbeque
41 Teams

Grand Champion
Reserve Champion

: All Hogs go to Heaven
: Asleep at the Grill
: Jerry King Midland Texas
: BBQbyDan



Overall Chicken Pork Ribs Pork Butt
Brisket Desert
Grand Champions
Team All Hogs go to Heaven,
Steve Madaule, Ardith Richardson, Vince Madaule, Ted Richardson.

Reserve Grand Champions
Team Asleep at the Grill,
Vic Sessions & Dan
1st in Pork,
Team BBQbyDan


1st in Brisket,
Team Blque
4th in Ribs
Team BBQbyDan
2nd in Dessert
Team BBQbyDan
Gina Hayes came up with idea and implemented...
Our Dessert entry at the Judging Booth Jerry King, Midland Texas
Tom Brohamer, BBQ'n Fools, 2nd in Pork
George & Donna Baroody,
KCBS Contest Representatives

(picture by Tom Chilton)

Banner above the Judges booth

Brent Walton,
Team QN4U
Frank Boyer,
Team Sweet Time BBQ

Team BBQbyDan Cooker

Team BBQbyDan,
Dan Cannon, Dean & Gina Hayes

The Modesto Sports Stadium

The Modesto Sports Stadium

Save Mart Supermarkets
Just one of our many sponsors and the event organizer. They treated us the best.  Providing supermarket taxi's, ice, great facilitation, an overall team-friendly & perfect BBQ Cook-Off !!!

I arrived Friday at 09:00 and found a bunch of BBQ teams and participants parked and waiting for the venue street to be closed. By 09:30 that had happened and the teams were being placed in their pre-assigned spots and starting to get setup. As usual Save Mart (Sharon Blakely, Don Bean, and many assistants) had everything ready and prepared for the arriving teams. Of course Sharon had no idea how large the rigs, RV’s, and Cookers, would be so of course a lot of accommodations and adjustments needed to be made. But, that is what an organizer thrives on and enjoys!

As usual the “team-friendly” amenities were provided upon arrival or soon after. Ice, electrical power (albeit true later in the day), ash and trash cans, and water were made available to all at no additional charge. And, all space and configuration requirements were handled with a smile. Nobody does it quite as nicely as Sharon and her team.

Literally the entire street was dedicated to the setup of BBQ Competition teams, vendors, and equipment requirements. Of course this is really a Modesto Sporting event “The Meet” so much of the facilitation was dedicated to providing for the attendees and participants of that event. The BBQ activities are a secondary draw activity (I think).

The KCBS representatives were George & Donna Baroody who always do a great job and event. Meat inspections were performed in a timely fashion. The CBBQA was getting setup to vend BBQ product. CBBQA BBQ vending participants and volunteers were Grant & Jenny Ford, Pete Weaver & Pam Gram, Brent & Kim Walton, Linda Burke, Joe Miles, Kelly & Kathleen, and too many others to mention.

As usual the arrival and equipment setup ends up being somewhat of a reunion with friends and competitors. Sometimes we only get to see each other on rare occasions and events we happen to be competing in together. For example Team Lakeside BBQ (Dean & Gina Hayes and Bill Brugeama (Gina’s brother) were a part of Team BBQbyDan. Lakeside BBQ was competing and winning back when I did my first contest in May of 1998 and were one of my many mentors from the old days using the old school BBQ techniques. We get together about once a year so it was nice to visit and do a BBQ contest again with them. Not to mention Jerry King of Midland Texas who traveled quite a distance to participate (and maybe do some fishing) who always does well and is a great representative of the BBQ circuit. Overall it was quite a turn-out and lots of BBQ discussions and salutations were occurring throughout Friday.

After initial equipment and material setup was finished in late afternoon a Mexican dinner was catered to all teams. It was distributed and setup in the stage / band area. It is always a welcome treat to have the organizers provide such a perk. I can tell you there was a day in years past that that would never have occurred.

There was a 05:30 pm turn-in for BBQ Sauce that was setup as a winner-take-all prize. Every team participating contributed $10 and there would be only one team called for the pot. I think it was around $250 - $280. Team Otis and the Bird took the sauce category. There was an additional dessert category (which Otis & the Bird also took) for this contest but it was not due until after the Brisket turn-in on Saturday. The cooks meeting went off as normal and finally the day and evening tasks and requirements were about complete. All that was left was to put the meat on and wait till the next day.

Saturday went as it does in all contests. That is to say you get up early to put your ribs on, check your brisket and butt, prep and prepare your chicken, and try and ensure you have not missed any necessary tasks.

Turn-in’s were at the normal times. The routine is almost always the same. From 11:15 through the final turn-in it is a bit rushed, sometimes a bit nerve-racking (not anymore for me however), and there is little time for visitors or distractions.

Sharon Blakely started the awards presentation at 04:00 pm and it went pretty quickly. That is always appreciated by all teams. Nice laser cut and emblem attached cutting boards along with prize checks were given out to the winners. And as usual, all teams enjoyed the victories of the day. The scores and winners can be viewed above.

One of the nicest things about the Modesto event is they have a very nice and very private large parking lot area behind the event venue where teams can go and park, relax, stay the night, and socialize and visit after the contest. This is always an important part of all contests. Part of every event is the party after the awards. One can then get to congratulate their friends and competitors on a job well done. The ability to relax, not rush home after a long weekend, chit-chat, visit with friends, and get a good nights sleep, before starting what might be a long drive home is something I look forward to at each event.

We, Fish Heads BBQ (Kurt, Steve, & Dan?), BBQbyDan (myself, Dean, & Gina Hayes), All Hogs go to Heaven (the Grand Champions, Steve & Vince Madaule), BBQ’n Fool’s (Tom Brohamer), QN4U (Brent & Kim Walton), The Pit Stop (Pete & Pam Gram), Grant & Jenny Ford, BBQ Joe Miles, and some others commenced to sit around a heater, chit-chat, recall the old days, eat terrific stuffed blue cheese mushrooms (yes, I did learn how to make a great snack), blue cheese garlic bread, salami slices (provided by Fish Head BBQ), cheeses, and other snacks throughout the night. Finally a Texas Hold’em poker game was proposed by the Grand Champions and commenced. After I went all-in and left the game I believe Grant ended up taking all the winnings afterwards. Shortly after that most folks started retiring for the evening.

Sunday we got up a bit after 06:00 am, policed the site, packed up the evenings party furniture, and most were on the road by 07:00 am. I got home at 12:00, ate lunch, and went right to bed.

Overall another GREAT event that was put together by Save Mart (Sharon Blakely & Don Bean, and others), the city of Modesto, all the rest of the helpers and volunteers that do all the behind the scenes and activities to make it comfortable and fun for everybody. Also, the KCBS representatives (George & Donna Baroody), and the CBBQA event and vending participants and volunteers (Grant & Jenny Ford, Pete Weaver & Pam Gram, Brent & Kim Walton, and many I am not aware of). Don’t let me forget to mention that Kelly and Kathleen were there also working the vending booth and taking pictures of the event for all of us to enjoy later.

Thanks to all those mentioned above (and all the others I missed) who put on such a GREAT event. As in the past, it was enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Dan Cannon

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