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Swinetastic BBQ Competition 2011

Chicken turn in box from Swinetastic 2011

Swinetastic was our first full KCBS barbecue competition for 2011.  This was also the first year for Swinetastic and it was a well organized competition held at the Frederick, Maryland fairgrounds.  We had an absolute blast meeting new people and seeing teams we hadn’t crossed paths with since the fall of 2010.  The true fun in competing like this is the comradery and the friends you make along the way.  Like all KCBS competitions, we cooked four meat categories: Chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder, and beef brisket.  This time the ancillary category was seafood.  Ancillary categories are more for fun as they are not factored into the overall competition score and they are completely optional.  We always enter these because it’s just another chance to show off some creativity and get a professional judge’s opinion on a new recipe.  So far we’ve usually placed in the top ten in this ‘extra’ category.  Our overall scores improved when compared to last years competitions, but many other teams came with their game face on as we still placed middle of the pack in a couple categories, and my overcooked ribs put them toward the bottom of the pack!  Luckily, Erin’s seafood recipe allowed us to walk away with some pride!  After three days of little sleep, and spurts of 60 mph winds and hail, we still left with a smile and can’t wait to go back to Frederick, MD next June to do it all over again. Now we have July and August to improve on our techniques and recipes and we’ll test them out against the best in West Virginia next September.

Grilled Sausage Oysters 'Best in seafood' category.

Rib turn in box from Swinetastic 2011

Pork turn in box from Swinetastic 2011

Brisket turn in box from Swinetastic 2011

July 7, 2011  |  Brisket, Chicken, Events, KCBS Competition, Pork, Ribs  |  No Comments  |  Share