Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tom and Jen Duncan on Chopped

Our friends, Tomm and Jennifer Duncan appeared on the 1st night's Chopped: Grillmasters mini series.  We're honored to say they are friends.  Together, they own Whiskey Ranch BBQ and Catering Company in Gilbert, AZ.  They both also compete in competition barbeque contests. Tommy competes under the Whiskey Ranch brand, while Jen has her own team...Smoked to the Bone.  Last year they began organizing their barbeque contests...and they put on a first class event.  We love attending them.
Be sure to check out their personal bio pages. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cassy's birthday

Cassy is 6 today! 
  She is the greatest companion we've ever had. 
She's not only our mascot,
she's so much more.  Life just wouldn't be the same without her. 
We love her so much!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Northern Ariozona BBQ Festival

Mid-June we headed south to Williams, AZ for what was our first contest in 2010.  It's such a great place...small town America...nostalgia and all that stuff. 
The town of Williams put in lots of work before we all arrived.  They paved the rest of the area, added electrical outlets, water, and a stage.  It looked great and served us all well.  It was nice to get water close to our site. 
Our neighbors were another Nevada team...ZomBQue.  I love those guys.  Oh, and Richard got himself a nice new (well almost new) Ford F-350....soooo pretty.   
Cassy was the most awesome mascot ever.  She is so well behaved, and always impresses.  About 5am she was looking for a soft place to sleep and tried to curl up on the end of my sleeping bag.  I felt bad and invited her onto the whole sleeping bag with me.  She quickly accepted and got comfy quick.
Little Miss BBQ (Scott and Bekke) brought Vivian to her first contest.  Seriously, I don't know how they had a chance to cook with all the attention she got.  They were golden that weekend, with 2 first place, a third place, and grand champion overall....and won the raffle for a free space next year.  Rythm-n-Que took RGC.  Our best call was 5th in chicken.  We finished 12th overall. 
We stayed Saturday night in a KOA Kamping Kabin a few miles outside of Williams.  It was kinda cool, and I enjoyed it.  Cassy slept on the bottom bunk on our towels and was so happy to be there.  I enjoyed the swing on the front porch, it was quite relaxing and quiet.  The stars were gorgous and the crickets snag us to sleep.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beef Ribs

 It's the 4th of July and Timm has been dying to cook some beef ribs.  We bought some beef short ribs at Costco after trying to find them at several locations.  We trimmed them up, marinated them, rubbed them down and threw them into the pit.  They were wrapped part way though the cook.  About 30 minutes before removing them from the pit, they were unwrapped and given a sauce mop.

I gotta admit, for our first time cooking beef ribs they were mighty tasty and tender. 
They did shrink quite a bit...much more than pork.  Everyone enjoyed the heck out of them...including the dogs.  They have been eagerly gnawing away on the bones.  It's made a great distraction for the noise from fireworks. 
I hope you have enjoyed your Independence Day.