Thursday, June 20, 2013

Northern Arizona BBQ Festival 2013

Another great weekend in Williams at the Northern Arizona BBQ Festival is in the books.  The weather was a real treat with highs in the mid 80's and lows near 50 at night, especially after the extreme heat we cooked in the weekend before at home in Vegas. 
We got there early on Friday morning and set up while it was still cool...even at that, Cassy still seeks out shade. 
Sin City Smokers came back again this year. 
VooDoo ZomBQue came back to compete again this year as well.  We enjoyed having them as our neighbors again this year.  (Love the new wrap on their trailer)
Little Miss BBQ herself, Vivian is now 14 months old.  Bekke and Scott are proud they should be. 
Timm working on ribs.
Crystal working on chicken. 
P.S.  We love our trailer. It's works really well for us. 
Prepping box for pork turn-in.
Cherry cheese cake dessert turn-in.
Waiting for awards...why can't they start on time. 
Our first time to win a 1st any category.  We received it in dessert...woohoo...cherry cheese cake. To make it even received a perfect score of 180....and paid $600. 
We finished in the 11th spot, tying with 10th on total score...however, the first tie breaker (brisket) had our score just a bit lower, bringing us to 11th overall. 
Other placements we received...
chicken, 11th
ribs, 7th
pork, 18
brisket, 16
Congrats to Little Miss BBQ for their repeat performance of Grand Champion and Rhythm'nQue for Reserve Grand Champion.    
We had the pleasure of meeting several great people including some guys from Great Britain.  They were interested in the smoker and how it works, they came back on Saturday for samples and were super excited to taste the food.  We were talking with another gal we gave samples to about Operation BBQ Relief...she and her husband lost their home in Joplin MO and actually received meals from OBR.  What a small world it really is.  We sent a box of meat home for her hubby, we received a really nice and sincere email from them. We gave the rest of our prepared meats to folks from Camp Civitan.  They operate a special needs camp in the area and were super excited to receive the donation.  They assured us the campers were going to be very happy to enjoy great bbq.  It's a blessing to be able to share with such wonderful people. 
We stuck around a few extra days to enjoy the area.  It's a great place to explore.  We didn't go into Grand Canyon knees just weren't up to a whole lot of walking.  But we did drive through Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, and took Cassy swimming in Dogtown Lake and White Horse Lake.  We also visited Bearizona.  You can see photos from those adventures at our other blog, Trailhound Adventures.

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