The contest started Friday evening with a potluck. Forty six teams were present Saturday afternoon to turn in chicken and pork ribs. Ms. Goofy and I arrived Sunday to judge the turn in of brisket and pork. We have brought our judging uniforms and large appetites.
This event was an informal competition for the California BBQ Association. This contest was a tune-up for later barbeque events. In normal competition, the judging is blind. This means the judges do not know whose meat they taste and the competitors do not witness the actual judging. The judges table was turned around and bbq teams watched us sample their entries. The meat would be scored and then we gave a critique and explanation for the marks we gave. The barbeque teams would learn what, we, the judges were looking for. We judged for three criteria: Presentation, Taste, and Texture. This was a great learning experience for all involved.
We had a wonderful time at this gathering of barbeque enthusiasts. I always get a kick out of checking out all of the different barbeque rigs. There was everything from ‘Weber Bullets’ to fancy custom rigs.
There were a lot of humorous BBQ team names. This was one of my favorites. It struck my funny bone.
The overall winner of the competition was the Team of “Bart’s Blazin Q”. I think everybody took away some new knowledge and experience from this event. The “1st Annual Hangtown Winter fest” was a success and got everybody excited about the BBQ season to come. I took home a ‘Meat baby”!