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Friday, August 24, 2012

2012 Hudson Valley Ribfest

Team Three Dogs BBQ loaded up the trailer and drove to New Paltz, NY last weekend to compete in the Hudson Valley Ribfest.  Saturday we competed in the New England Barbecue Society grilling contest and on Sunday, we entered the KCBS contest.

It was a great weekend and we had lots of fun catching up with old friends and meeting new friends.  We would like to give a big shout out to Doug, Wendy, and the rest of the folks over at Ribs Within.  They walked away with best in ribs, pork, and brisket to win the Grand Championship.  Good people and fun to be around.  We would also like to say thanks to Chris with Beer me BBQ and Keith, Connor, and Stella with KC and the Smokeshack Band for a great time.  Kudos to Chris for the great showing the first time out.  It should be a great time next year.  Finally, special thanks to our friends Shawn, Steve, Kris, and Katie for stopping by and lending a hand.  The extra hands really do help out!

Now, on to the pictures and results...

In the NEBS, we finished 3rd in chicken wings, 12th in pizza and salmon, and 13th in apple dessert for a 10th overall finish.

Here are the happy winners with our chicken wing trophy...

In KCBS, we finished 14th in chicken, an improvement of 3 spots over last year; 24th in pork, an improvement of 12 spots over last year; 44th in ribs, a drop of 8 spots, and 45th in brisket, the same as last year.  This gave us an overall finish of 40th.  As for the ribs, they were a bit on the over done side, plus we need to get away from the Memphis flavors.  Sweet and spicy is how the judges like their ribs. As for the brisket, it was done in 4 hours, which I have never had happen.  Therefore, it sat in the cooler for 6 hours.  Not much I can do about that...

Some random pics...

The "Traditional" 10:30 Shot to kick off preparation for turn ins...

Current World Champions, Smoking Hoggz BBQ...

Third place wings... ;)

Our improved pork box...

A bird crapped on his shirt...;)

Grand Champions Ribs Within.  Congrats!

Here are the rest of the pics...  Hudson Valley Ribfest Slideshow

Thanks for stopping by...



  1. Great job Bill!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun, got in some BBQing and competition and overall improved your standings. But the most important was that you were able to hang out with a bunch of folk that were doing the same thing you were doing. Can't replace those experiences. Do more if you can. It's loads of fun I'm sure.

    Love your pics.

    Rueben from Guam

    1. Thanks Rueben. It really is a ton of fun. To get better, we just need to forget what we like about BBQ and do what the judges like: sweet with a bit of spice for pork. I still haven't figured out what they like for brisket flavor yet.

      When are you going to start entering some contests in Guam? I am sure you would do well!

      Have a good weekend,