What a pleasant surprise, I received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly for representing our state in the Great American BBQ throw-down in Bonner Springs, Kansas, from May 21 to 22.
We finished 26th Overall amid 192 teams in the Open contest. Kansas City is tough. Despite scoring a bunch of 8′s and 9′s from the judges (9 is perfect), we only finished 37 out of 49 teams in the Great American BBQ Invitational where only Grand Champion teams were invited. It was also quite an adventure flying in and cooking on loaned equipment. We want to express our heart-felt thanks to Phil Hopkins from Smokin Guns BBQ and Barb Frank from Mad Hogs and an Englishman for helping out with all the WSM, tables, canopies, etc. we needed. Thanks also go out to Todd Clevenger from Piggin N Swiggin for swapping spots so we could be next to the teams who loaned us equipment.
I also got to hang out and do a TV segment with Mike Thomson from Fox-4. Mike is a funny guy and passionate about BBQ and several charities he supports.
It was great to be able to hang out with so many old and new friends.
A big thanks goes to Tracy Satterfield, officials, volunteers, judges, and helpers. We’d like to thank our terrific Sponsors: Rocks BBQ System for our Stoker temperature control system, T&H Meat and Sausages for our meat products, TheSlabs.com for our rub products, Cajun Grill for our Weber stainless replacement doors, Smokin’ Guns for our rubs, Butcher BBQ for our injections, and Snake River Farms for our Wagyu meat products.