Tag: competition

February 26, 2016

Barbecue Shape

by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ, Alameda, CA It’s been four months since my last barbecue competition. And it’ll be another month and a half before my next one. It’s enough time to tune up my chicken before

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June 15, 2015

Alumni Mike Brady of Smoke Hound BBQ

Intro by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ Two years ago, at a separate BBQ class in SoCal, one of the instructors had asked the students present, how many of them had taken Harry’s BBQ 101 class.  About 60% of

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May 21, 2015

SYD Alumni Paul Murray’s rookie team takes two back-to-back 1st place Brisket wins

BIG Congrats to Slap Yo Daddy alumni Paul Murray’s rookie team for two 1st place back-to-back brisket awards! Intro by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ – In early April 2015, one of our Slap Yo’ Daddy students from 2013

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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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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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August 31, 2014

You might be a competition pitmaster if …

  Once you have a few years of competition cooking under your belt, you’ll notice that you’ve developed some unusual habits. That is, these behaviors will seem normal to you but very odd to your family and friends. Here’s a list

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July 7, 2014

Competition Barbecue – A journey of inspiration and reconciliation

  Competition Barbecue – A journey of inspiration and reconciliation   Forward by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ Harry is fond of saying that why you barbecue is more important than how and what you barbecue. For many of us

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April 28, 2014

Judging Competition BBQ – Part 3 by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ

  Teams in backyard contest listening in during open judging. Photo by Brenda Magee Photography   <Part 1>, <Part 2> BBQ judges have to travel many miles to get to contests and all at their own expense. Judges are not

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