KC Chiefs vs Tennessee Titans; thanks AR!

As most barbecue people know, The American Royal World Series of BBQ is moving the event to Arrowhead Stadium this year. One of the first differences to come up is the way the team passes are handled. In the past the AR would mail out parking passes and wristbands a couple weeks in advance but with the move to Arrowhead they will be using the KC Chiefs/Ticketmaster system of electronic ticketing. To acclimate us to the new system the Royal and the Chiefs offered the teams a parking pass and 2 tickets to the Chiefs vs Titans preseason game.

Before the game Kim Palmer did an informational presentation about the upcoming Royal. We were just a little late finding the place

Welcome to the American Royal presentation

Welcome to the American Royal presentation

and missed the welcome speech from the Chiefs organization but did get the information we came for. Load in will start at 8 AM on Wednesday and all teams must be in place by noon Friday when the gates close. All teams must vacate the parking lot by 10 PM Sunday, I’m guessing they are planning on the Royals having a playoff game Monday. Services such as ice, water, and charcoal will stay pretty much the same as they were before. They are still working out the grey water situation, on which we shared our thoughts, but they promised to have something in place. This is a slide showing turn in locations

Screenshot showing the turn in locations.

Screenshot showing the turn in locations.

as well as the on site grocery store presented by Hy-Vee. Lots C & D will turn in at the SE corner and lots F & G will turn in at the SW corner. Judges will be in between in a nice, climate controlled area. The Budweiser Pavilion and the outdoor stage will also be located next to the stadium.

I have not been to a Chiefs game in 40 years and Kristi has never gotten to see one so we jumped at the chance. This was the view from our assigned seats:

This was our view before the game started, really good seats!

This was our view before the game started, really good seats!

Some friends of ours were telling us just how good the seats were so I checked ticket prices for the Denver game coming up in a couple weeks and they under estimated just how good they were. For the Denver game the seats sell for $364.50 each! Plus the $30 parking pass meant the evening was a very nice gesture from the Royal and the Chiefs. I think this shows how serious they are in their effort to make the move mean a bigger and better American Royal.

Since it was a preseason game it was not a packed house, which turned out to be a good thing for us. By kickoff this was our view:

And this was our view at kickoff :(

And this was our view at kickoff :(

Fortunately we were able to move up and over several seats so we could see, otherwise she might have fallen. Or something. Not that she wasn’t entertaining but we did want to see at least part of the game.

Several times they advertised the upcoming Royal on the video banner

They put this on the video banner several times during the game.

They put this on the video banner several times during the game.

along with the headline act for Saturday night:

We are looking forward to this!!

We are looking forward to this!!

We have been told there will be local and regional bands Friday evening and Saturday afternoon as well as other activities and there will be fireworks following the Big & Rich concert.

The starters played most of the first half and Kansas City was looking pretty good. As we enjoyed the game we did keep one eye on the weather and at one point we could see some thunderheads over the video board.

These storm clouds were to the north and would miss the stadium

These storm clouds were to the north and would miss the stadium

These were up by St Joe and would miss us but our luck didn’t hold out quite long enough

And the rains came down

And the rains came down

We were mostly protected by the upper level overhang but you could tell the wind was really blowing down on the field. A few minutes after the rain started the game was suspended due to lightning in the area and they ended up cancelling the last few minutes. We made it to the car during a lull in the rain but just barely and ended up driving out of the parking lot and to our motel in the rain.

We spend Saturday just hanging out with my sister, helping her run errands and get her new house ready. It was good to get to spend some time with her before we headed home late Saturday night. All in all we had a great time but now it’s time to turn our attention towards our next competition.

If you are going to be in the Kansas City area the first weekend of October be sure to come by and check out the American Royal. Tickets are available on their website using the link above. We’ll be in spot G335 so stop by and say howdy!!

Smokin’ on the Smokey

This past weekend we were in Salina Kansas for the Smokin’ on the Smokey BBQ competition. They was their 3rd year for the contest, but their first year as a KCBS sanctioned competition. On top of the usual first year challenges, the organizer took a different job just a couple months ago. If you’ve been involved in organizing a BBQ competition you know it is a long process but Darren had it dumped in his lap with a short time to learn and he did an admirable job!

The event was presented by by Rocking M Media benefiting MDA and was held in Kenwood Park in Salina. Kenwood Park is a beautiful park with playgrounds, flower gardens, statuary, lots of shade and located next to the aquatic center and fairgrounds.

We were glad we took some time to walk around and enjoy the scenery.

A Statue of Liberty replica welcomes visitors to Kenwood Park.

A Statue of Liberty replica welcomes visitors to Kenwood Park.

Some of the other sculptures and flower gardens

Another sculpture in one of the beautiful flower gardens in Kenwood Park.

Another sculpture in one of the beautiful flower gardens in Kenwood Park.

Some beautiful flowers in Kenwood Park

Some beautiful flowers in Kenwood Park

One of the flower gardens in Kenwood Park, Salina Kansas

One of the flower gardens in Kenwood Park, Salina Kansas

One of the sculptures in Kenwood Park

One of the sculptures in Kenwood Park

As I mentioned earlier, there were also several playgrounds in the park one of which was right next to our site.

Cher was set up on the street running through the park as were many of the teams. There was more playground equipment of lots of shade.

Cher was set up on the street running through the park as were many of the teams. There was more playground equipment of lots of shade.

One of the many playgrounds in Kenwood Park, Salina Kansas

One of the many playgrounds in Kenwood Park, Salina Kansas

Also in the park is Union Pacific Engine #477. This locomotive was built in the 1920’s if I remember correctly and moved to it’s present location in 1955.

Union Pacific Engine 477

Union Pacific Engine 477

Just across the road from Engine 477 is the aquatic center which is only a couple years old and if you’re into water slides you definitely need to check this out!

The water slides at the aquatic park that was just a short walk from the cook sites. Hint hint Nicole!

The water slides at the aquatic park that was just a short walk from the cook sites.
Hint hint Nicole!

Friday was a special day in the BBQ world as it was the day that bungs would be drawn for the Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ Contest. Teams that have won a qualifying contest get their name written on a barrel bung and placed in for a chance to be “drawn” for the invitation only contest. If you click on the link above and scroll down through some of the posts you’ll see it’s a BIG DEAL in barbecue! So what else could we do at the moment the draw began but to have a good luck shot of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey with some of our friends.

A shot for luck at the beginning of the drawing of the bungs for the Jack Daniels Invitational

A shot for luck at the beginning of the drawing of the bungs for the Jack Daniels Invitational

Friday evening we enjoyed supper with our friends Doug and Ron from Lucky D’s BBQ

Here’s what they had to say about the evening:

Thanks to all of our friends and family that shared Lucky D’s BBQ camp and dinner on Friday evening. We hope that a good time was had by all. Special thanks to Mark Ritter at Crown Distributors and Steve Sperling at Bogey’s whose generous contributions helped make this gathering possible. A shout out to Greg and Kristi from the Naughty Nurses BBQ team for their wonderful homemade ice cream that made our dessert complete. Doug, Kim and I are truly blessed to have such good friends. We hope to see you all again next year

Friday evening entertainment was by The Buckner Creek Band who we enjoyed very much. They played mostly modern country and were quite good!

Friday evening entertainment by The Buckner Creek Band. The performed mostly modern country music and we enjoyed listening to them

Friday evening entertainment by The Buckner Creek Band. The performed mostly modern country music and we enjoyed listening to them

After stuffing ourselves at supper and enjoying some good music we decided to take a walk across the road to the Tri-Rivers Fair We got there just as they started cleaning up from one heat at the Demolition Derby to get ready for the next round.

Cleaning up the arena after one of the Demolition Derby heats

Cleaning up the arena after one of the Demolition Derby heats

There was also rides and from the looks of the crowd they were not lacking for riders

The Tri-County Fair was in progress, lots of people waiting to ride one of the many rides.

The Tri-County Fair was in progress, lots of people waiting to ride one of the many rides.

Then it was time to light the fire and get the big meats on, then to bed we went. Saturday was cooking as usual for us but there were more activities in the park. There was a Mustang car show sponsored by Long McArthur, more live music, a beer garden, some crafts and several bounce houses for the kids.  Unfortunately we didn’t have time to check them out as we were busy with our competition meats.

Once again we thought we had a good product but the judges didn’t think it was good enough. We placed 16th in chicken, 17th in ribs, 7th in pork and 12th in brisket for 11th overall out of 33 teams. And we didn’t get drawn for the Jack either. So we headed home with a 15 mph headwind adding insult to injury. But we did stop at Dairy Queen on the way home so Greg could have a Rolo Blizzard which made everything all better.

We’re taking some time off but will be back when something interesting happens.

The tip this week is EXPERIMENT! Anything that can be cooked in your oven can be cooked in a grill or smoker if you know how to manage your fire. We’ve even made cheesecakes several times as well as other types of desserts. And there are some who think our cinnamon rolls from the grill are out of this world!

SMOKIN’ ON ROUTE 66

This past weekend we competed in the Smokin’ on Route 66 BBQ contest in Miami Oklahoma. The event was held on their fairgrounds on the southwest side of Miami along the banks of the Neosho River.

Across the river is the City of Miami Water Park which holds the distinction of being the largest municipal swimming pool in Oklahoma. Knowing that, next year we’ll take a swimming suit! Miami takes great pride in the fact that the infamous Route 66 runs through town;

Sign reminding drivers that they are on historic Route 66

Sign reminding drivers that they are on historic Route 66

The downtown is really well preserved compared to many towns with several unique shops and reminders of days gone by. One of these is a motorcycle museum. Although we didn’t have time to stop in, it sure looks like something that would be worth the time to visit.

Motorcycle Museum

Motorcycle Museum

Motorcycle museam

Motorcycle museum

Motorcycle museem

Motorcycle museum

For supper Friday evening we ate at the Mother Road Grill: It really had nothing to do with the “Mother Road” other than the name, however it was home cooked food at a reasonable price. It was decorated in Southwestern Style and they played music from the 70’s and service was good.

The Mother Road Grill

The Mother Road Grill

After supper we made some home made ice cream, but instead of making the mix from scratch as Kristi normally does she tried some Highland Dairy soft serve chocolate ice cream mix. A gallon of mix made 6 quarts of ice cream. Even the tried and true White Mountain freezer could not get it hard enough to stop the motor, but when we did stop it the check the ice cream was a perfect soft serve consistency. I’m sure we’ll use it again.

Back to the contest, we were set up next to an old horse race track that didn’t look like it gets much use anymore although there was a few horses around and some signs indicating some local horse owners did use it some. Quarters were a little tight but we each had a power pedestal with 20 amp and 50 amp power and a shared water hydrant.

RV hookups with power and water

RV hookups with power and water

The last few times out we had been unable to pick up any stations with the over-the-air antennae even though we weren’t all that far from stations. I had read on a RV forum that one could use an old satellite dish and the receiver out of your house to watch TV on the road.  A co-worker had the old dish, I had a receiver and some old coax. Unfortunately the coax would not carry the signal so a quick trip to Wal Mart for some RG6 coax was in order. With the new cable and some adjustments to the receiver we were able to get lots of channels. This will come in handy later in the year when football season starts!

Friday night was a Blue Moon but there was just enough cloud cover to prevent good pictures.

Blue Moon over Miami

Blue Moon over Miami

After the results of the last few contests we thought we’d do some experimenting this time, some worked and some didn’t. One of the new things we tried was meat from Costco. We really liked their ribs, but the butts were boneless and we knew the dogs would be disappointed when we got home. Fortunately our neighbors, Dirt Road BBQ, were dog lovers and donated their pork bones to us. The cook went without any issues and by awards time we were pretty much packed and ready to hit the road. Awards were held in an old stone building with no air conditioning so we made sure we sat where we could get some benefit from one of the fans they had going. Then we had a team set between the fan and us and the unmistakable odor hit us; whoever they were they need to change their team name to 4:20 Que. Sure am glad I had plenty of leftovers to munch on.

There were only 17 teams, but there was some very good teams there. We finished 7th in chicken, 10th in ribs, 11th in pork and 3rd in brisket for 6th overall. They paid cash for the top 10 and the top 5 all got plagues;

Greg accepts the award for 3rd place brisket.

Greg accepts the award for 3rd place brisket.

Plague for 3rd place brisket

Plague for 3rd place brisket

We got enough money to pay for gas and a little more so all in all it was a good contest for us. Congratulations to Fire Dancer BBQ for Grand Champion and to Dirt Road BBQ for Reserve GC!

We have one more contest coming up soon then we will have some down time.

With the heat indexes over 100° lately, today’s tip is stay hydrated! Water is good, drinks containing electrolytes such as Gatorade or Powerade are better. Though alcohol may taste good on a hot day, it can actually speed up the dehydration process and make things worse, so save that for the cooler hours.