April 2, 2015

Slap Yo Daddy recycled PC grill – Revenge of the IT Grill Nerds

    Among folks in the competition barbecue circuit, I’m well known for my continuing tongue-in-cheek adventures and mis-adventures to cook on smaller and cheaper pits. Whether I’m using a tamale pot on top of a Smokey Joe

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March 18, 2015

Spring Fever contest in Austin, Part 5

Spring Fever contest in Austin, Part 5 By Donna Fong   In 2009, I was transitioning from being a BBQ judge to becoming a BBQ competition cook. I just didn’t know it yet. It took me two years to

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March 6, 2015

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Part 4

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Part 4 By Donna Fong Cindy’s BBQ team, Die Freundliche Schweine   Cindy and I went over the meats she purchased and then she showed me the Snake River Farms brisket that showed up

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February 26, 2015

Guinea Pig 2 Contest, Rancho Mirage, California, February 21, 2015

  It doesn’t take a financial whiz to figure that being a barbecue competitor can get expensive. With entry fees on the West Coast pushing $350 and a high-dollar brisket edging past $200 with shipping, not to mention the

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February 26, 2015

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Part 3

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Part 3 By Donna Fong The “Chilly” Chili & BBQ contest is in its 26th year and sponsored by the Capital City Post No. 8787, Veterans of Foreign Wars in northern Austin. To get

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February 19, 2015

Spring Fever Contest in Austin, Texas Part 2

Spring Fever in Texas Part 2 By Donna Fong  If you have ever flown in or out of San Francisco on a sunny day, there is no denying its beauty. Between the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and

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February 12, 2015

Spring Contest Fever in Austin, Texas Part 1

Donna my sweetheart and headcook of Butchers Daughter BBQ has always wanted to complete her bucket list to cook a sanctioned contest in Texas. That opportunity came in February 2015 when her homie Cindy of Da Fraulein Swine BBQ

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November 26, 2014

Something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving  

By Donna Fong In my family, Thanksgiving is about food. There are families that love music, love to hike, love to drink, love to gamble, love to joke, love sports or some combination of everything.  My family, we love

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October 27, 2014

The Lancaster Challenge Blazin’ BBQ Throwdown by Donna Fong

In August, I judged my 30th KCBS BBQ contest and passed my online exam. After 11 years, I finally became a Master CBJ.   It was time to go back to cooking and I found myself at Dana Point at

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October 8, 2014

4th Annual Dana Point BBQ Championship by Donna Fong

For the 4th year in a row, Harry and I participated in the Dana Point championships in southern California. Without a doubt, Dana Point is known as one of California’s premier contests and for good reason. It’s got

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