Benny and I won Reserve Grand Champion, 1st Pork, 2nd Chicken, 17 Ribs, and 27 Brisket, amid 57 teams in the Que’n for Kids State California State Championship in Costa Mesa, Orange County. Thanks to Patrick Carlson, our team logo designer, our new Slap Yo Daddy BBQ banner for 2010 made their debut at this event. The flames in the background add a nice touch. Lots more room for our sponsor’s banners too.
What a crazy weekend at Orange County. We were swamped by visitors, TV crew from China TV, hordes of people wanting pictures, and serving 700 BBQ samples to the public! CA-TV send a two-person crew to interview us for a news segment anticipated to reach 1.3 billion viewers in China and Asia. We’ve definitely put American Q in the country with the world largest population!
I continue having fun making bacon-weave fatties (Jimmy Dean sausage covered in a bacon weave and smoked with rub and BBQ sauce). This time, I made a bacon millipede to accompany the bacon turtle I made for the KTLA-5 segment on June 9. The China TV crew loved it and so did everyone at the Friday potluck. I also made my classic Seared Ahi Tuna w Maui Onion dressing which also went fast.
We really enjoyed ourselves at this event. It’s for a great cause and this is our third year at Que’n for Kids. We love doing it to support Kelleigh Strobel who organized this event for Kristie’s Foundation which provides assistance, support and cherished moments to critically ill children and their families. We donated ten Slap Yo Daddy tees for this cause and cooked and served almost 700 samples to the public who showed up in droves for this event in sunny Orange County. The number of teams seem to double each year! The funds raised will be used in programs that help families with a critically ill child, with all their special needs. Kristie’s provide Family Support programs for local families and a Wish assist Program for families traveling to the Southern California area on their child’s wish trip. And due to an urgent need, they are expanding and raising money to open Kristie’s Place, the first children’s end-of-life care facility in Southern California.
Part of our winnings and proceeds from this event (people’s choice, team tees, etc.) will be donated to two charities we support: Operation Homefront for our troops, their families, and veterans; and Save The Children. We feel privileged to be able to enjoy BBQ and help others. Our team motto is: Live, Laugh, Love, and Give.
Congrats go out to Larry Schroeder of Rib Ticklers BBQ for Grand Champion (long time coming and well deserved) and to all who competed. A big thanks goes to Kelleigh Strobel, Kelly and Kathleen Macintosh as 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.