Eureka BBQ Bash

The past weekend we were in Eureka Kansas for the Eureka BBQ Bash. It was a first year contest, but not the first contest for the organizer. Dale Fritz organized the contest in Fredonia before moving to Eureka last year so it was like going to an established event. He also had a great right-hand man this weekend in his son Brady who appears about ready to organize his own contest!
The location was just below the dam of Eureka Lake and was on grass with some shade. It was a primitive site so we used generator power all weekend but there is plans to upgrade the area.

Panoramic view of the sites looking west

Panoramic view of the sites looking west

A panoramic view of the cook sites from the dam.

A panoramic view of the cook sites from the dam.

On the other side of the dam was Eureka Lake, a pretty little Flint Hills body of water with nice houses around it and a swimming beach. Too bad we didn’t take advantage of that!

A panoramic view of the Eureka Lake. I was near the middle of the dam.

A panoramic view of the Eureka Lake. I was near the middle of the dam.

It was also our first contest with the new toy hauler. We realized we had forgotten a few things and that we would have to do a few things different, but for the most part it worked out well. It was much more comfortable and roomy than our old camper so I think it will be worth the investment.

Our "new" toyhauler; a 2007 Jayco Octane

Our “new” toyhauler; a 2007 Jayco Octane

We’ve been hearing about the 17 year cicadas for several weeks but had not seen any, until this weekend. They were friendly little fellows, always happy to land on you so you could check them out. They are brown and smaller than the normal cicadas we see in this area.

The cicadas were out, they were smaller and a different color than the ones we usually see

The cicadas were out, they were smaller and a different color than the ones we usually see

In Dale’s usual fashion, we had a sponsor dinner Friday night. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures, but we had 18 sponsors who enjoyed a supper of smoked pork and chicken, barbecue beans, coleslaw salad, apple cobble and home made ice cream. We had an enjoyable evening visiting with them.

Saturday morning started out with delicious Bloody Marys from  JPCustom Smoke, thanks John!

Saturday morning Bloody Mary, compliments of JPCustom Smoke

Saturday morning Bloody Mary, compliments of JPCustom Smoke

Our cook went pretty well and we were happy with our product, but the judges not so much. We got skunked all the way around finishing 24th in chicken, 12th in ribs, 11th pork, 14th brisket and 19th overall out of 27 teams.  Maybe the next time Kelly from 4 Legs Up https://www.facebook.com/pages/4-Legs-Up-BBQ/51311598018?fref=ts  puts on an impromptu judges class on Friday evening we should go. After we get done licking our wounds we’ll be back in action in Hutchinson.

There was a group from Haysville that put on skiing demonstrations Saturday afternoon. I’m sure the 20mph winds and choppy waves made things more difficult but the show went on. We watched them do some jumps, pyramids and other tricks before heading for home. The wind was not fun to drive in but we made it OK.

We had to make one stop, anytime we go home through Augusta we have to stop at Miller’s Five Drive In https://www.facebook.com/pages/Millers-Five-Drive-In/116718778366004?fref=ts for some ice cream. If you’re ever in the area stop in and have some!

Until next time, stay safe and remember; cooking outside will save on your air conditioning bill.