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!