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2012 Contest Reports
Smokin' Brew BBQ - Parker, CO PDF Print E-mail

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This was their 4th year, and our 4th year competing, at the Smokin' Brew BBQ competition in Parker, CO over Labor Day weekend. The organizers do an amazing job and it just gets better every year. This year 53 teams showed up to compete for bragging rights and prize money, including four first time competitors. As the defending champions from last year there was no pressure at all as people kept stopping by asking if we were going to do a repeat. But you cook the best you can and the rest is in the hands of the judges. The judges favored us again this year. We finished 10th in chicken, 4th in ribs, 10th in pork and 5th in brisket to take the Grand Champion honors again this year. This was a back to back win with our last contest in Red River, NM.

Congratulations to all those who got a call, especially Stars & Stripes BBQ for taking Reserve and Backdraft BBQ for winning People's Choice for the 4th year in a row.

Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights - Red River, NM - Aug 18 PDF Print E-mail


On August 28 we competed in the Lone Star BBQ Society sanctioned cookoff in Red River, NM. Red River is in the northern part of the state northeast of Taos. It is a picturesque ski town nestled at 9,000 feet elevation in the Sangre de Christo mountains. It is a beautiful setting for a BBQ contest.

We squared off agains 30 other teams in the "Texas rules" cookoff. We usually cook in Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contests. The LSBS rules are different, scoring and judging are different, and there are only 3 meat categories instead of the four seen at KCBS contests. In Texas contests there is no pork shoulder category, only chicken, spare ribs and beef brisket. Out of the 31 teams competing only 3 were from New Mexico. Most were from Texas and a few from Oklahoma.

This was our third year competing at this event and our Pitmaker BBQ Vault smoker came through for us again. The previous two years we finished third overall. This year we were 6th in chicken, 5th in ribs, 1st in brisket (for the second year in a row) and took the Grand Champion honors. Grand prize was a discada cooking stand from DISC-IT in Albuquerque. Congratulations to Wayne Ratliff, Ready Yet, for Reserve Champion. We were the only two who finished in the top 10 in all 3 categories.

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