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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I Love BBQ and Music Festival - Lake Placid, NY

Over the Fourth of July weekend, half of the Three Dogs BBQ crew hi the road to compete in the I Love BBQ and Music Festival all the way up in Lake Placid, NY.  Hope had to stay home to tend to one of the dogs, but I had very capable help in the form of Sandy, Jason, and Dave from Locked N Loaded BBQ.

As you may have heard, the 1980 Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid.  The BBQ competition itself took place on the infield of the speed skating oval.

The historical significance of this speed skating venue was not lost upon me.  The 1980 Winter Games were my first exposure to the Olympic games.  On this very track, Eric Heiden won five gold medals for the USA at distances ranging from 500 to 10,000 meters.  Unheard of today with the specialization seen between sprinters and distance skaters.  If it wasn't for the Miracle that took place in the hockey rink next door, Eric Heiden would have been the face on the Wheeties box that winter.

The weekend is a long one.  Friday is the New England Barbecue Society competition as well as the People Choice Pulled Pork competition.  In NEBS, the categories were strip steak, chicken, fattie, and pizza.  Twelve total teams competed.  Our steak came in 9th place, chicken came in 3rd, the fattie in 4th place, and the pizza in 10th.

The Locked N Loaded crew were in charge of the chicken (stuffed with spinach and cheese) and the fattie (buffalo chicken stuffed sausage, wrapped in bacon).  I took care of the steak and the pizza (Brisket Cheesesteak).  We came in 9th overall.  Congrats go out to The Basic BBQ Team, our Grand Champions and to Buckner Brothers Barbecue, our Reserve Grand Champions.

But, the highlight of the day was winning the Peoples Choice Pulled Pork contest. No one was more shocked than I.

Day two was The Best Ribs in the East competition.  Three Dogs came in a respectable seventh place.  Also on Saturday, the Locked N Loaded kids competed in the Youth Division of the Kids Q as Hot Shot BBQ.

In their first time out, Hot Shot BBQ won the Grand Championship with a strong showing in the categories of steak, chicken, pork ribs, and dessert.  Good job guys!

The final day at Lake Placid brought the KCBS competition.  This event is so competitive that the art of shigging has been elevated to new technological heights.

If you look hard enough, you can see a drone under that tent
Here are our entries:

The chicken, ribs, and pork were respectable, finishing 12th, 17th, and 10th respectively.  The brisket as not so good, coming in 26th place.  These entries were good for 16th out of 31 total teams.  Average defined!  Not our best showing, but far from our worst.  

Congrats to out to Smokin Hoggz BBQ, our Grand Champion and to Quau, our Reserve Grand Champion.  I would also like to thank Dmitry and his staff for putting on a first class event.  Three Dogs will be back next year for sure.  

We are now in the middle of our mid summer break.  Next up is the Hudson Valley Ribfest in August.  See you then!

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Thanks for the report and pictures Bill.
    Your boxes look great!