Friday, June 26, 2009
We also had a great potluck dinner Friday, which was highlighted by Mighty Swine Dining BBQ's paella.
Saturday was the grilling contest, which was supposed to be very easy for me. The plan was for four of my family members to each cook one category, and I was going to hang out with Max. However, my Mom forgot a key ingredient to her dish, so I had to run off to the supermarket, which entailed a mile walk to the car and a mile walk back. Usually it is me sending someone to the store to get something that I forgot, so I guess this was a taste of my own medicine.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Got back from Merrimack Sunday night. A bittersweet contest for me, as my good friends Mike and Kris Boisvert of Lakeside Smokers won their first grand championship, but I did really poorly in the BBQ contest. I'm so happy for them, it was truly a great moment. Congrats Mike, I told you it would happen!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Unlike 2006, we have the camper now, so if it really gets bad we at least have somewhere to ride it out in comfort.
We will also have Max with us, I can't wait to see how he reacts to being at a contest now, I think he will love it!
I'll also be trying to send updates and/or pictures from my Blackberry during the weekend.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
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.