Oxford Roundup

This past weekend we were invited, nay encouraged to participate in the Oxford Roundup BBQ contest. This is a small, second year backyard style contest that has hopes of becoming a KCBS sanctioned event. It was held in Napawalla Park in Oxford, Kansas. Napawalla Park is a neat little small town park with plenty to offer. It has a shelter house, 2 nice restrooms buildings, lots of trees for shade and about 30 electric hook-ups. Facilities like this are very popular with most KCBS competitors. There were 5 teams entered, at least one of which said this was their first ever contest. We had somewhat of an advantage as far as contest experience goes.

The categories followed KCBS guidelines of chicken, pork ribs, pork butt or shoulder, and brisket. Check-in was at 6am and the first turn in was at 5pm so our timing had to change significantly. We, or I should say I, looked at it as practice and left the pellet cookers at home much to Kristi’s chagrin. I did have a reason though; if we ever do another event like Las Vegas I’ve thought of just using the Weber’s which would mean some 600 pounds less weight in the trailer. I cooked the briskets in the UDS, butts in the 18″ WSM and ribs in the 22″ WSM. The mini was used for the burnt ends.

WSMs and UDS smokers


Once the butts were wrapped the 18″ was used for the chicken. Since it was a backyard contest, we forgo the *#@^ chicken thighs and all the prep work they normally require and did whole chickens. The turn-in containers were interesting, as they were divided Styrofoam containers. We don’t normally publish pictures of our turn in boxes but since the judges will never see anything like this at a KCBS competition, here is our chicken:

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It was fun to be able to do a whole chicken and turn in slices of breast and pulled dark meat. The other interesting and somewhat challenging part was turn ins were 15 minutes apart instead of the usual 30 minutes. But we got them all in and 45 minutes later the People’s Choice began. We had cooked 2 extra pork butts for that plus we gave away all of our contest leftovers. We had lots of good comments on the food and hoped we were collecting enough votes to win. Although Zoey didn’t really have a vote, I’m pretty sure she would have voted for us if she could have.

Zoey and her rib bone

During the People’s Choice portion there was a small 2 man blues band playing at the shelter house called The Kentucky Gentlemen. They are out of Wichita Kansas and are pretty damn good! We enjoyed their music and even bought a t-shirt to help them out. They are on Facebook so check them out and give them a like:  https://www.facebook.com/KYGblues?fref=ts

Shout out to Brian & MaryAnn and Mel for helping serve for the People’s Choice event. Also to John, Candice and her family, and to Brian, Robin and their family for coming out to support us.

When the judges scores were tallied and the People’s Choice votes counted, we had made a clean sweep of the contest taking 1st place in all 4 meat categories plus winning  People’s Choice. Our prize was a really nice laser engraved marble tile.

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I really do hope they get this to be a KCBS sanctioned contest as I doubt they will invite us back next year if it isn’t. I wish them the best and hope to be there again next year.

Ol’ Glory BBQ Bash

This past weekend we had the pleasure of competing at the Ol’ Glory BBQ Bash in Fredonia Kansas. Dale does a wonderful job organizing the event and takes good care of the cooks.
One of the unique things about this contest is the sponsored sites. People in the community have the opportunity to sponsor a team in exchange for a meal Friday evening. For their part, the teams get a discount on their entry fee. Our group was Allen and Linda and their guests from the Fredonia Hospital.
Our Sponsors
We had a good time visiting and comparing hospital stories. They certainly enjoyed their supper which consisted of bracon for the appetizer. The main course was smoked pork loin, baked potato and ears of roasted corn. For dessert they were treated to cobbler and home made ice cream. Allen and Linda stopped by Saturday morning as well to wish us luck.
A little later in the evening we joined some of our barbecue friends and celebrated the birthday of our friend Walt with cake and ice cream. He was surprised and quite grateful. That’s one thing about the BBQ community, we’re friendly even though were are competing against one another.

Kristi got to spend some time Friday evening on a play date with her friends Brett and Cole from Caveman Cuisine. We really enjoy getting to spend some time with them. As a reward for keeping Kristi busy, the boys got some home made ice cream.

Brett and Cole enjoying some ice cream

The cook went well and we were pleased with our food, turn ins were going like clockwork until pork. About that time the word was spread that a thunderstorm was on its way with 60 mph winds and nickel sized hail. We quickly tore down our EZ UP because we know what happens to them in the wind. The storm arrived a few minutes later, luckily no hail but we did get rain driven by winds I estimated to be 40 mph.
The storm arrives
We got the brisket turned in on time and thought about starting to load out, but the wind was a rockin’ the trailer and when I did try to go out it was all I could do to hang on to the door.
was a little windy
We rode out the storm in the trailer which, as it turns out, was a much better option that trying to make it through in the porta-pot.
a victim of the storm
I had listened to the weatherman who said hot and sunny all weekend and had left the rain gear at home so by the time we got loaded we were both soaked to the bone.
Come time for awards, we placed 15th in chicken, 9th in ribs, 14th in pork, and 8th in brisket which was good enough for 5th place overall so not a bad finish to the weekend.
It felt kind of wrong to have the heater running in the truck on the way home but that rain was cold!
We’ll be taking some time off from competing, not by choice but there is just nothing close to us until mid July.
Congratulations to Roughnecks BBQ for repeating as Grand Champion and to JP Custom Smoke for their 180 in ribs and Reserve Champion. A special shout out to our friends Smoke N Hogs BBQ for their first place in pork and Pinkie’s BBQ for first place brisket!

Valley Center Spring Fling

This past weekend we competed at the Valley Center Spring Fling. On Friday evening our oldest son, his wife and children joined us for the Kid’s Q event. We also had our niece with us for the afternoon. All the kids got some hamburger to cook and when the smoke cleared our grandson Ethan took first place in the under 7 division.

Winner of the under 7 Kid's Q at Valley Center Spring Fling

Winner of the under 7 Kid’s Q at Valley Center Spring Fling

Our niece Elisa took first in the 8-12 division, and our granddaughter Emily came in 3rd in the 13 to 17 division. I’d say it was a pretty good showing for our first Kid’s Q event. Shout out to JP Custom Smoke for his rubs, they are pretty good on hamburgers too!
We hoped the Kid’s Q results were a sign of things to come in the KCBS event, but it turned out to be the highlight of the weekend. We got 2 calls, taking 9th place in both pork and brisket. Our chicken was decent but the judges hated our ribs. Maybe Kristi should have gotten me a Batman apron too!
Congratulations to JP Custom Smoke for Grand Champion and Pok-in-Da-Ribs for Reserve Champion!

Our next event is in Fredonia and one we really look forward to.