This time, we loaded up the trailer and headed to Harrisburg, PA for the Keystone Classic BBQ State Championship. This is one of our favorite competitions all year long. Why? Farm show food and milkshakes and plenty of horses.
The competition is held in conjunction with the states annual livestock show, billed as the largest east of the Mississippi.
They have show horses that get all dressed up and pull wagons.
Or, they have big Belgian Draft horses that take part in the horse powered version of a tractor pull. I named this one Pouty.
Some can even be caught dreaming of BBQ at 5 am. Amazing how they can sleep standing up. Don't you wish you could do that?
So, lets quit horsing around and review the weekend. Shall we?
First, we felt like we were back in New York. Why? Rain. Lots. Twelve hours worth. Enough to create Lake Three Dogs BBQ, right next to our site.
But, the rain moved and the sun came out from behind the clouds in time for turn ins at noon.
Here were our scores.
And here were the boxes.
Our chicken box came through as always. This entry scored us a 170.2628, good enough for ninth place out of 53 teams.
Our rib box fell into the tasted better than it looked category. This box scored us a 162.2856, good for 22nd place. In our opinion, it was our best tasting, most tender rib effort of the year.
Our pork box was a milestone for Three Dogs BBQ. This was the first box that Hope ever built. 888899 in appearance proves she did a good job. We scored 165.7028, good enough for 15th place.
Finally, our brisket box.
Not out best effort of the year and the scores reflected our feelings. 151.3944 was the score and a 39th place. Our brisket was slightly over done. A comment card or two would have been nice, but the scores were not low enough to warrant comments. This will be a focal point for practice over the year.
Overall, our total score was 649.6456, 20th out of 53. This was our second best point total of the year. So, ending the year on a high note, check!
We would like to thank the contest organizers and the KCBS reps for running a contest without any problems. Congrats go out to our Grand Champion Pig Pen BBQ and our Reserve Grand Champion Big Ugly's BBQ. Big Ugly's also won the MABA Cup for 2014, so an extra shout out as well.
We would also like to thank those who have supported and helped us over the years and in 2014 as well. It wouldn't be fun and we couldn't do it without you.
So, before we put an "end" to the 2014 season, just a reminder to everyone to check back for more recipes and BBQ adventures in the off season. Any suggestions or ideas for recipes are greatly appreciated.
Thanks for stopping by,