Monday, August 27, 2007


Over the weekend, I started reflecting on the last two competitions we entered, Harpoon and New Paltz. While we did pretty well overall at Harpoon, we tanked royally in BBQ at New Paltz. While it would be easy to blame the judges and move on, I know in my heart that I took the fun aspect of the competitions a little more seriously than I took the cooking part, and it showed.

This has me rededicated to the cooking, practicing and overall improvement of the team going forward. This started Saturday, when I spent hours cleaning my WSM's, which were beat to hell after five competitions in eight weeks. Here's the end result below.

They're almost like new again! For a point of reference, here is what they looked like last week in New Paltz.

Leaning towards the Battle of the BBQ Brethren in Sayville, Long Island, NY for our next event. Haven't ruled Dover out completely though, but I really want to support the Brethren event if possible. I have made some great friends on the BBQ Brethren forum, and really want to try and make the contest. We'll see.


Anonymous said...

Go to Dover. It's a better event.

lunchlady said...

sometimes its really REALLY hard to figure out the 'fun to focus' ratio... you guys do a great job so don't beat yerself up over having a good time. That's what it's all about.

lunchlady said...

I forgot to say...those shiny WSM's made me feel SO guilty, so I busted out the degreaser and made ours all shiny too. I hope they still work right... heheh.

The BBQ Guy said...

Thanks for the inspirational pictures of the sparkling clean WSM's. Those pictures reminded me that mine needs a good cleaning.

Have you noticed any kind of taste variation from the cleaner you used? I've always been afraid to use anything but basic soap and water.

Ted Lorson said...

I used a spray grill cleaner, but I rinced the heck out of them with water once I was done scrubbing. I didn't notice anything unusual.