This past weekend we tried to get in over our head, again.
We had a wedding to cater in the Kansas City area so we thought it would be helpful to cook a contest in Abilene too. After all, it was on the way, kind of. We loaded up the trailer and away we went. We reserved the FEC 100 for the contest meats but had taken along all 3 sizes of WSMs and a UDS to cook the meats for the wedding. It was a learning experience when, after I had just dumped hot coals in the Webers, I decided I should move them a little farther from the trailer. Kneeling on a hot coal that had missed its mark left a large mark on my knee.
It actually worked out well and we had all that meat pulled and cooled by midnight. In the meantime we had to get the competition meats seasoned and in the FEC 100. The little Davy Crockett was used for the dessert category.
We took first in dessert with a S’Mores cake, then were pleasantly surprised by getting a call for 5th place chicken. The surprises continued as we won the rib category with a perfect score! We had received some 180 scores in dessert before but this was our first in a meat category.
We followed that up with a 7th place pork;
I was really happy with our brisket but we didn’t get a call. As they started counting down the top ten overall we started wondering if our brisket was so bad it really pulled us down or just missed a call. Well, it was 11th and we ended up being Grand Champions!
The weather had held off until the middle of awards when it started pouring rain. Fortunately we had everything packed but still had to drive from Abilene to just east of Lawrence in the rain and wind. We got to Kansas City, parked the trailer, and made it to the rehearsal dinner in time for dessert. Luckily we were just guests for that.
On Sunday we reheated the meat and cooked the sides for some 160 wedding guests. I know several made more than one trip through the line which is always a good sign. We were too busy to get any pictures but everything went well. It was about 10pm by the time we were finished, so back to the Edwardsville PD where we left the trailer again.
The next morning we stopped and visited with my sister, picked up the Bobeque and headed for home. Luckily the Kansas wind was only gusting to 23mph going through the Flint Hills.
A busy, but very successful weekend. A special THANK YOU to the Edwardsvilled PD for letting us park our trailer there. (They were well compensated, comp leftovers ya know)
Congratulations to Ian and Amber Elder!!