Tag: Contest

August 3, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters, Part XI – Epilogue

  Episode 3 Dessert Round Battle between Leslie Roark Scott and Harry   As I write this epilogue blog a week after Episode 3 aired on July 28, 2015, I have been processing, in my head, the many emails, text

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July 6, 2015

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters Part I – The California BBQ Couple

In 2008, my IT coworkers got me to compete in a barbecue contest as a Bucket List stretch goal. Since that win, I’ve been on an amazing international journey of barbecue exploration and travels. One bucket list item I

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June 24, 2015

Q’ing and Brew’ing BBQ Competition and BeerFest

Q’ing and Brew’ing BBQ Competition and BeerFest, June 20, 2015.  By Donna Fong Grand Champion Royce Armstrong of I’ll Be Good To You BBQ   When Harry said that Steve Botkin had the idea of holding his next Slap Yo’ Daddy

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June 8, 2015

BBQ-OHOLIC!!! – Alumni Dan Ronchetti of BC Smokers

Intro by Donna Fong, Butchers Daughter BBQ If you are a former student of the Slap Yo’ Daddy 101 BBQ class, you may have heard Harry describe one of his most enthusiastic former students.  Harry likes to share his

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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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September 29, 2014

My Father, a butcher in Oakland (Part 5), by Donna Fong, Butcher’s Daughter BBQ Team

Retired butchers, Lisa Fong and Donald Fong   Now that my Dad is older, I listen to his stories with more attention than I did in the past. Dates and names seem more important, though I’m not sure why.

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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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