Moorpark BBQ Contest,
Organized by the Moorpark Chamber
and the IBCA contest facilitated by Thom Emery of the California BBQ
This BBQ Cook-Off was nicely organized, well executed, and came out
perfect. Thanks to the dedication of the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce,
the involvement of the CBBQA, and all the volunteers that
participated as judges, facilities setup, and all the functions it takes
to make an event happen. Sharon Conte and Lisa Mascotti (Moorpark
Chamber of Commerce) were the folks that I knew by name and helped me so
much in advance of the event. I know there were many other volunteers
and staff members that helped and sorry I don’t have your names.
From the CBBQA there was the direct involvement and on-site planning by
Thom Emery and Bill Keyes.
Most of the teams arrived and were setup by the evening. I arrived with
Todd Eves, and his assistant Noel, of Team OU8BBQ. Neil & Sylvie of
Team 4Q, John & Sharen Scott of Papa’s Smokehouse, and Bill & Dan of
Tropical Heat were already in place and pretty much setup. Pete & Pam
of Pit Stop BBQ arrived just a bit later.
What a great place! A Walnut
orchard, on green grass, under shade, with a cool breeze blowing nicely
all evening and all day Saturday. It was definitely a perfect
temperature. Not hot like last weekend. However, I did work with folks
that live in Moorpark and they said on Sunday is was up to 90 degrees.
We had power, porta-potties, and spots all ready upon arrival. The
chamber folks were on hand to direct us to our spots and provide for any
need we had. Vendors were setting up their booths for sales the next
day. It is nice when it all works out nicely like that.
Thom Emery arrived somewhere after
09:00 pm and finally most folks in attendance were relaxing. It was a
great get-together and party from my perspective and I had a great time
Friday night visiting folks.
I finally started prepping the meats
later in the evening. Put the briskets and butts on soon afterwards,
got the fire up to temperature, setup for the long-burn till morning,
and everything was going great.
Got up at 06:00 and adjusted the
fire, prepared the chicken and ribs for cooking, and had breakfast with
Todd and Noel of OU8BBQ.
Barb (my wife) arrived about 10:00
and started the final preparations and turn-in chores. The last
10 years I have just done KCBS contest. This was my first IBCA
(International. Barbeque Cookers Association) and I had to learn how
to work in a different way. Specifically:
Half Chicken turn-in.
Can’t be cut up
7 Ribs, stacked
horizontally (no more)
7 Brisket slices,
stacked horizontally (no more & no point/deckle allowed)
Pulled Pork, stacked
We used Texas Greens (tin-foil) in the turn-in trays. That made
Turn-in on the hours
(noon= Chicken, 1:00= Ribs, 2:00= Butt, 3:00= Brisket) with a 10 minute
window before and after the hour.
It was definitely much more relaxed
than a KCBS contest. Overall I liked it and had a great time.
Thom did a fantastic job organizing
the judging booth, judges, and all that goes with the responsibility of
making an event successful. Awards went off like clockwork at
4:00. We had all been told we would need to vacate the premises
after awards so many were ready to leave right after awards. I
went around and congratulated who I could fine then pulled out right
after Todd by 4:30. Too bad we missed being able to attend the
after-contest-celebration by all the teams. That is always a nice
relaxing way to wrap up a weekend and get to socialize a bit more.
Congratulations to all the teams and
thanks to all that made the event happen. Overall it was a great
event and am looking forward to next year’s.