A week from tomorrow, I will be heading to Merrimack, New Hampshire for the Rock-n-Ribfest. It has been a looong time since our last KCBS contest, which was Westport in September. Wow, that's almost 9 months ago. Sheila could have cranked out another kid in that time.
So with all that time off, I really will have no excuse for not being ready. That is combined with the fact that I started working from home almost two weeks ago. rather than going out into downtown Hartford and getting panhandled on my lunch break, I can go down and organize my spices, cooking utensils and other competition stuff.
Later I will be heading over to the trailer and start getting things ready. Tomorrow I'll head over to my brisket guy, and Ill be set.
The good news is that I have pretty much all of the rubs and sauces I will need for this contest. I personally will not be cooking the grilling contest at all, so I don't even need to worry about that.
I'm really looking forward to 2009. I plan on having a cleaner, leaner operation this year, with the plan being to cut down on trailer weight, along with set up and break down time.
While it helps to prepare in advance, the most important thing is executing on game day. We've had some success at this contest in the past, hopefully the good karma will continue.