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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Competition Schedule

Roc City Rib Fest

Rochester, NY
Starts: 05/26/2012
Ends: 05/27/2012

Boston Hills BBQ Fest

Boston, NY
Starts: 06/24/2011
Ends: 06/25/2011

Hudson Valley Ribfest

New Paltz, NY
Starts: 08/20/2011
Ends: 08/21/2011

Plus one other competition in Sept/Oct...

Hope to see you at one of the above...


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Practice Chicken

Even when it is not competition season, you always try different flavors to see if you can improve on what your go-to recipe is at that time.  We finished 17th out of 60 last year in a category that is recognized as the hardest in KCBS.  So, why try something different?  Well, just so everyone doesn't pass you by...

So, since I wanted to try some different flavor profiles on chicken and I also wanted to look for a way to get pulled chicken in my box.  If you can get tender breast meat in a turn in box, you have hit a home run.  So, here it goes...

I marinaded breasts, thighs, and legs in Stubbs Chicken.  I also injected about a half of a bottle of the Stubbs in the breast of a chicken.  Everything got about 5 hours of happy time in the frig.

The beer can mix was 1/2 Yuengling, 1/4 bottle of Stubbs Chicken, 1 Tbsp of Montreal Chicken.  Placed the chicken on its throne and dusted outside with the same rub.

Pieces got a nice dusting of the Montreal Chicken rub.

I wanted to use peach and hickory rub, but I still had Stubbs Oak/Apple/Hickory in the chute from my bacon, so I went with that.

1 hour at 250.  Glazed with Butchers BBQ/honey mix.  30 minutes while ramping the Baby up to 350.

As you can see, the Montreal rub imparts a dark color to the chicken that might not sit well with judges.  Flavor was great.  But, I don't think it is better than using the Butchers Honey Rub.

As for the pulled chicken...

I used straight breast meat and pulled it like pork.  I put fine ground Montreal rub, 2 pinches, and about a quarter cup of sauce/honey mix on the chicken and mixed well.

Nice, tender, juicy.  Good stuff.  I will mix some thigh meat in next time for some of the fat factor and will also try the honey rub.  Also, the longer it sits, the better it gets.  This would make a killer sandwich!




Welcome everyone to our blog dedicated to our BBQ competition team, Three Dogs BBQ.  Our first competition last year was at the Hudson Valley Rib Festival in New Paltz, NY.  We came in 40th out of 60 teams.  But, most importantly, we fell in love with the whole experience and have decided to practice, practice, practice and see if we cannot get better.

We are going to enter 4 contests this year and hopefully, along with some fun, we will bring home a few trophies and ribbons.

Please check back as this blog grows.  We will be posting pics, recipes, and just general updates.  I might even post a few things about our other passion, Pitt Panther Football.


Bill and Hope