The festival is held at the Anne Arundle County Fairgrounds and features the BBQ competition, food vendors, bands, and a judging class on Sunday. In all 64 teams were competing for awards and bragging rights for the year. The contest was also a opportunity for us to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Here are some pictures from the weekend.
The highlight of the weekend was being able to sign the banner honoring our late friend, Bill Allen, who passed away earlier this year at a BBQ competition.
If you are competing in the MABA region this year, look for this banner at the Smokin Foolz cook site and stop by to sign. Smokin Foolz will present the banner to Kathi Allen, Bill's wife, at the end of the season.
As for our cook, we did not get off to the start that we wanted to this season, ending up 47th out of 64 teams. Here were the pictures of our turn in boxes.
Our timing was off from the start, the skin pulled back on the legs, the ribs were slightly over done, the brisket was slightly under done. Not a good weekend at all. But, we'll learn from the weekend and move forward. We can only go up from here.
Thanks to Doreen Vavrek (a Pittsburgh girl!) for putting together another great competition. Congrats also go out to 3Eyz BBQ on their back to back Grand Championships at Naptown and to Chix, Swine & Bovine BBQ, our Reserve Grand Champion.
We hit the road next in two weeks at the Salt City BBQ Festival in Syracuse, NY. If you are in the area, stop on by and say hi.
Thanks for stopping by,