Sunday, February 24, 2008

Jiminy Peak Contest Moved

The BBQ competition scheduled for this coming weekend at the Jiminy Peak Ski Area has been Moved to the Maynard Rod and Gun Club in Maynard, MA.

The explanation we have been given is that since they are having such a good ski season, they don't want to sacrifice parking space and other resources for the weekend.

We apologize to all our family in the Albany area who had planned to come, along with other family and friends who made plans to come that have now been forced to change with so little notice.

Anyway, I guess the good news is that the contest is still on. Logistically, it is actually a lot better for me with the new location, as the place the camper is stored is right along the way. Hopefully this will be the last change and the event will go off as planned.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Nothing's Cooking

On the smoker, that is.

But in three weeks, that should all be changing with the Freeze Your Butt Off BBQ contest that is being held March 1st and 2nd at the Jiminy Peak ski area in Western Massachusetts. It looks like the summer cooking season is going to be pretty much lost this year, with Sheila due July 22nd. So all I have to look forward to competition wise is a couple of early season events.

Hopefully the FYBO will happen. But there are only nine teams signed up so far, and they need at least 12. When the contest was first announced, tons of people on the message boards said "count me in!" Then, of course, they started dropping like flies, probably worried about the cold temperatures.

I'm sure all the hardcore New Englanders will be there. I Smell Smoke!!!!!, Lunchmeat, iQue, and Transformer BBQ will all be there. Q Ball is coming too. I hope a few other teams get off the fence and sign up. it would be a bummer to see this contest get cancelled.

I believe 16 teams came out last January for the Winter Sizzler in New Hampshire. It was cold, it snowed, and we all had a great time. I'm sure this one will be fun too. I hope it happens.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Giants Win!!!!

Unbelievable...the Giants did it, knocking off the undefeated and supposedly unbeatable Patriots.

To all my friends in Massachusetts...sorry about that!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Super Bowl Smoke

No better excuse than the Giants being in the Super Bowl to fire up the smoker. Also, I have a contest in less than a month, and I need to stay focused and practice.

Cooked up some ABT's and some wings. ABT's look a little burnt, but they just got his with too much smoke. Still learning that you don't need to use that much wood with the Backwoods!
Made these with pulled pork. I really do prefer ABT's with Italian sausage. But they were still pretty good.
Also smoked up some wings, marinated, hit with some Plowboy's Yardbird Rub, smoked around three hours, then hit em with a little sauce. Came out great!

Go Giants!!!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday has arrived! I will be watching the game with Sheila at home. As a Giant fan, I want to see the game with no distractions. I'll also be firing up the smoker, but for an easy cook. I will be making smoked BBQ wings and ABT's with pulled pork for the pre-game feast. If anything comes out looking good I will post pictures.

Go Giants!