Sunday, March 31, 2013

Spring BBQ-Crystal's 50th

Normally, we try to have the Harvest BBQ but time just didn't allow it last a Spring BBQ it is!  We wanted to celebrate our success at the Sam's Club National BBQ Tour Finals in Bentonville AR last October and Crystal's 50th birthday.  Hey, any reason is good reason to cook a pig...right.  
You have to have more than just the ribs on the how about 12 more.
We cooked 40 pounds of chicken and 5 briskets as well.
Dad was in charge of the "pig distribution services"...does that sound all official or what. 
Throw in some sides, and seating for 100 or so friends and family, a gorgeous day and you've got a great celebration.  
Thanks to everyone who came to share in the festivities, to our family that always goes above and beyond when it comes to helping out and lending a hand.  We love you guys!  Thanks to Shawn at Advanced Pro...he sponsored the pig!
Scott's co-worker, Jimmy wanted to learn more about barbecue and did he ever!  He came over Saturday afternoon for all the meat trimming, got his hands dirty in the pig, and watched the pits until 5am when the briskets went in.  Then he was back before the party started and stayed to help clean up too.  What a trooper...we love ya man!
Those that didn't make it, we missed you.  We hope you can come join us at the next one.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

BBQ Class with Jen Duncan

Timm and I had the pleasure to take a BBQ class from Jennifer Duncan of Smoked to the Bone over the weekend.  She and her hubby, Tommy (Whiskey Ranch BBQ) came up from Phoenix and taught at Galaxy Outdoor here in Vegas.  
We've had the honor of knowing these two for a while now.  In fact, we met them at our first contest we ever participated in.  They were extremely helpful and kind to our tiny first time team.  They made us feel welcome and helped us tremendously.  
When we all arrived on Friday evening, they had been cooking all day so we could taste several types of meats including brisket, prime rib roast, and even a ham.  Everything was tasty.
This class was geared towards competition so we reviewed all four categories and the began trimming process.  She also explained what we should be looking for.  We learned something new in each category. 
Saturday morning we dove right back in at 6am.  It was a great opportunity for all of us.  We got to be hands on, trying every aspect of the process. 
We cooked on the Kamado Rockets and Jen's Jambo pit.  
Normally, Jen has her assisitant, Chuck to help out on many things.  He was busy with Tommy's grilling class so Timm got to step in throughout the made his day for sure. 
Tommy's class was something I'd like to take as well.  These guys got to do grilling and the food was delicious and overwhelming with the variety they whipped up...from appetizer, main course, pizza, dessert.  You name it, I think they cooked it. 
We learned so much, I can't wait to try my hand at what I learned. It was worth every penny for sure. 
I look forward to their next class I attend.