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.