It is a tough job but somebody has to do it. There were 65 barbeque teams that traveled to Morgan Hill California to do the competition dance at the ‘Morgan Hill No Bull BBQ Cookoff this last Saturday. A lot of time, money, smoke and pride were involved. These teams would stay up all night cooking brisket and pork shoulder. The next morning ribs and chicken would be prepared in hopes of convincing the judges to give them high scores. The three amigos; Ms. Goofy, Reverend Biggles and I donned our judge’s badges and rolled into town to taste and score some of the best BBQ in the nation.
I always enjoy seeing all of the different bbq cooking rigs. The Weber Smoky Mountain cooker is the most popular cooking vessel with the Green Egg as a close second. You will see all types and styles from a recycled 50 gallon barrel to a custom built and painted rig that is attached to a trailer. Christmas may be 7 months away but Ms. Goofy must be getting all sorts of ideas.
There was a good showing of Morgan Hill residents attending this festive event. They were able to purchase tickets to taste and vote on delicious smoked and barbequed meats prepared by the competitors. Their votes would be tabulated at the end of the day and a ‘Peoples Choice’ award would be determined. Music groups and craft vendors entertained the public as they strolled and ate their way through the event. We missed most of the music because we had a serious job to do. We were hunkered down in the judging hall stuffing our faces and marking our scores.
Harry Soo of ‘Slap Yo Daddy BBQ’ team was victorious as the overall Grand Champion. Our friend Donna of ‘Butcher Daughter BBQ’ is a rookie, competing in her first year of competition. When you win an award there is a bbq slang term that you are; “Taking the Walk”. Well Donna Fong got to ‘Take the Walk”. She took third place in the pork category. We are so proud. She also placed 16 out of 65 in the overall scores. Congratulation to all the competitors for making this a wonderful and successful event.