Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Carnivore's Dilemma: Which One Tastes the Best?

Yesterday was a big day for the whole Jujyfruit gang -- we participated in a Backyard Grill Competition that was part of our downtown summer festival.

We've been testing recipes, browsing cookbooks, and tweaking sauces for a couple weeks now, and had our game plan ready.

Our game plan did not include this weather, however! Of all the luck, the ONE day...But we forged ahead; there was meat to be grilled! (and after several frantic phone calls, a canopy to be borrowed.)

My husband and son started out early in the morning, setting up and getting the charcoal started. The meats were slowly cooking, and there was just a whole lot of waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
We walked around and checked out the Pro Division. For the first time, our local grill-out included the big dogs, which meant Kansas City Barbecue Circuit certified judges, and lots of rules, and some hard core grill teams around, like these guys...

Guess if we ever do this again, we'll need to come up with a catchy name, eh?

So eventually the waiting was over, and it was time to turn in our entries. First there was Spicy Blackberry-Glazed Barbecue Chicken.
Then came the Plum-Glazed Asian-Style Baby Back Ribs. (I forgot to take the final photo, but picture them cut and glazed with sticky goodness.)

Third was Big Daddy's Big 'Ol Pork(y) Butt Carolina-Style Pulled Pork, which was the kids' favorite entry (and the one I had the most fun naming...although the entire family vetoed my suggestion).
Finally, we had Ben's Braised Barbecue Beef Brisket (aka B-5).
Then came more waiting, while we gave the judges time to tally up the scores...

I am pleased to announce that our little team took 1st Place in the Ribs category! (I will even share our super-secret recipe with all of you, Pioneer Woman style, with detailed directions and photos in an upcoming post...)
We took home a trophy, the sun came out, and we ate some delicious meat. See ya next year, grillers!

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