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Sunday, July 27, 2008

2008 State BB-Q Cook-off....





Well once again, the big day is over, and once again, I'm glad of it! It is a tremendous amount of work for what is supposed to be a hobby! The weather was great, we had a good location, and for the most part we did manage to have some fun. 40 teams competed, again from 5 different states. The teams that do many of these KCBS sanctioned cook-offs are quite good, and dominate the contest in the main categories.
The results: Well, we didn't get skunked this year! We managed to get a 2nd place in the Potato category, giving us 1 more ribbon- and no prize money! The potato recipe was, as follows:
6 medium sized red skinned potatoes
Wrap in aluminum foil, bake for 1 hour in approx. 350F oven(or grill!)until soft.
Cut in half. Carefully (reserving skins intact) scoop out cooked potato, mix w/1/4 cup sour cream, salt and pepper.
Pack potato/sour cream mix back into reserved skins.
Top with sharp cheddar cheese, shredded.
Top cheese w/cooked bits of bacon
Reheat until cheese is melted, but not browning
Top with sour cream, sprinkled w/ fresh chopped chives.
Serve while still hot, or at least warm!
I won't kid you, we scored low this year in almost everything else- which puzzled us a little... Our ribs were bad. Our brisket was so-so. Our pulled pork was so good, we didn't put any sauce on it- big mistake! Our chicken was tasty, but the skin was sub par.
More and more, this is becoming a hobby for serious competitors, who will buy a trailer grill worth thousands, a motor home, etc. I'm glad our goal is to just not get skunked! I have a few pictures, as we got a little busy to take alot of quality photos...
Today is unpack and cleanup- and I'm so whipped it's going to take a long time...

30 comments:

Dana said...

Buff, where's the pic of those winning potatoes?? Everything looks so yummy, but I know the competition is CRAZY!

doggybloggy said...

Show me the tater! Or at least describe it.

buffalodickdy said...

Dana & DogB- I know dang well I took a picture of the potato, but when I checked later- no picture. I just posted, so I'll go back and edit,and add a description of the spud!

Beth said...

those potatoes sound scrump!!!

but everything else sucked? I don't believe it...I simply refuse. I think those people are nuts.

buffalodickdy said...

beth- You are kind, but the judges aren't! The wedding you had looked like the way I want to see them- with fun, love, and affection. How cool was that? Your Bud, the Buff..

Jen said...

mmmm that looks good, any leftovers for today's lunch?

Anndi said...

I NEED the potatoes.. I do!

That and pulled pork.

Odat said...

Those pictures don't look sub-par to me!!! And Congrats on the potatoes!!
They sound delish!!!!
Peace

DutchBitch said...

Sheesh! Me wanna BBQ weather over here! And YOU to BBQ for me!

deb said...

what a blast. i'm sure your food was tasty. congrats on the spud award!

buffalodickdy said...

jen- many left-overs, but I give them all away!
anndi- Spuds were good- and easy..
odat- These competitions are the best food ever- if you blink, you lose!
DutchBabe- Wishing you good weather, and if I'm ever in the NL, I'll cook for you gladly!
deb- It was, but you can't win 'em all!

Queenie said...

Hard luck Buff, you know you'd be first with me. Those spuds look delicious, and I'm sure taste the same.

Finn said...

Those potatoes sound delish! I'm sorry everything else didn't work out -- we all have our bad days.

Urban Vegan said...

2nd place in the POTATO category? That's my kinda BBQ.

Congrats! Bummer abotu no prize money, but hey--2nd place is nothing to sneeze at.

buffalodickdy said...

Queenie- The food we made was over the top for most folks- but a State cook-off over here... you really gotta be on your game!
Finn- Irish chicks and potato lovers from all walks of life, I think might have enjoyed these.. Thanks, sweetheart.
Vegan.. I should have checked in with you on this one- I know and respect you when it comes to these tubers... :) 1st place paid money!

HAR said...

Yeah for another red ribbon. I wish we were neighbors. I would figure out how to get me some of that BBQ primo food.

Roger said...

What kind of potato's did ya use Michigan or Idaho?

Dragonfly Dreaming said...

Potatoes rule. Congratulations Buf! You rock!!!!!! You can come cook for me ANY day. (Just leave the meat home!)

TavoLini said...

man, those potatoes sound great! I'm sorry you didn't get more ribbons--the pics look great, though. I think the judges were biased ;)

buffalodickdy said...

har- Thanks! I do share with all who eat...
rog- Idaho I think...pretty smug, aren't you....
claudia- I'll cook for you, but I'll have to bring my meat- it's attached... :)
Tavolini- Thanks, but I'll blame the judges next year- I've done better...

Bina said...

Ah Dog. I do know people who travel and BBQ with those big ole grill trailer things. And sorry your food wasn't as good as you wanted it to be, but I'm sure it was still DELICIOUS! And I've been wanting a good recipe for those potatoes so I will definitely try those!

Casdok said...

Well done on the potatoes!
Your a true winner in my book :)

Michelle Ann said...

Wow! Everything looks awesome. Congrats on the ribbon.

And thanks for the comment on my post...I wear glasses for the "sexy librarian" look. Ha ha

leezee52 said...

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buffalodickdy said...

bina- Taters are easy and good.. Thanks for the other comments, but we have to do better!
Casdok- I think it's time for you to start enjoying this stuff-I hope you do...
Michelle- You are a beautiful woman! You know I always thought you were pretty special..
Lee- I'll be there!

leezee52 said...

Congrats on winning a ribbon in the BB-Q Cook Off. Sounds like so much fun! Wish I was there!

G-Man said...

Hey Buff...
Congrats!!!!
We have a small market chain called VG's in our area, and they have briskit on sale this week for 3.56 a pound!!!!
I pd 5.79 last week...Grrrrrrrrrr

buffalodickdy said...

Lee- Thanks! We always have enough left over to share with folks like you..
G-man, We had a 12 pounder, and a 9 pounder- paid about 80 bucks..

Sornie said...

That potato recipe sounds great, if you have any others, feel free to share them as I'm thinking about firing up my smoker this weekend.

buffalodickdy said...

sornie- ask what you will- Minnesota needs you to bring them into the BB-Q age! Chili too! You will be scorned and probably blasphemed, but if you stay with me on this, you will win! Let me know you what you need....