Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hitting the BBQ Trail

It's official!  We signed up for the 1st round of events for the Sam's Club National BBQ Tour.  Salt Lake City will be our destination in April to compete in the local event.  We've been wanting to get up there for quite some time now to see friends, visit their new restaurant, etc.  
Last year, we didn't register for the whole Sam's Club thing.  In 2012, we made it all the way to the finals in Bentonville, Arkansas and were blessed to finish 6th in brisket and 6th overall.  It would be awesome if that were the case again this year.  We'll see.  There are so many variables that come into play.  It will be an adventure we look forward to.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A long over due post update

Holy cow!  I can't believe it's been so long since I posted anything on this blog.  It's not like we've been up to nothing...we've been busy.

In August, we participated in a Kid's Que burger contest at St. Jude's Ranch for Kids in Boulder City.  The kids were so excited to team up with our BBQ teams to cook the best burgers they could.  They all had a great time.  Thankfully, we had an overcast, cool day for August which we were all grateful for.  
There have been several practice cooks. 
We both took a BBQ class from Jennifer Duncan (Smoked to the Bone).
We know Tommy and Jen and it was a pleasure to take the class and spend time with them.  Timm got to be her assistant for much of the class.  
Timm organized and ran the Thrill of the Grill contest in November.  It was held at Bass Pro Shops once again.  They have been really good to us, giving us prime space, ads on the marquee and more. 
The team's entries were creative and tasty.  
Timm inputs all the scores.

In December, NVBBQA hosted the Downtown Throw Down on Fremont Street.  It was a fabulous success with teams representing 6 states.  Steve did most of the organizing for this event.  On the grounds of the event Doug, Timm, and Paul, along with Steve pulled it off.  It was a ton of work, we learned a bunch and look forward to doing it again.
In October, I had both my knees replaced.  It's been a long time coming...a 15 year process for me.  This kept me down so there were no contests for us the last part of the year.  
We did however cater several events including a 50th anniversary, a HOA community barbecue, a topping off party for Martin Harris...we fed almost 400 construction workers and staff for that one.