It is a beautiful day in Santa Rosa, California. The weather is perfect to enjoy barbeque and a glass of local wine. Ms. Goofy and I will partake in the grape but will have to wait till after our judging duties. Today there are 26 teams competing in the KCBS sanctioned contest. The four meat categories will be represented but there will be two auxiliary categories. This will be lamb and pork belly. Did somebody mention pork belly? Now this will be my kind of category. The pork belly turn in at our table included a crostini covered with “BLT” toppings with a cheese stuffed pepper, braised belly, and a pizza with spicy Asian flavored pork belly. This was very tough to judge because I loved them all.
Wine Country Big Q is held at a private High School in the foothills of
Santa Rosa. This venue
is beautiful with a view of the valley. There is plenty of room to browse the
different booths offering wine and food. Local vintners have booths set up to
sample their different offerings of wine.
A custom chuck wagon made for a unique and fun grill. ‘Vic Chicks’ were offering Tri-tip cooked in a custom smoker that originated from “Trader Vic’s”. The ‘Clampers’ were even represented today. I never associated E. Clampus Vitus with wine but what do I know.
Today’s Grand Champion was the team of ‘R & R’ barbeque. Congratulation! This was another great day of barbeque. A couple of glasses of fermented grape was the icing on the cake. Thanks to Judy Groverman Walker for putting together a wonderful event. We are looking forward to next year.
‘AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT”
‘The Bacon Takedown’ will be held today at 2:00 pm in San Francisco at the Public Works. This will be an opportunity for you to be a judge in a cooking competition. Bacon is the main ingredient. Bacon tamales, bacon candy, bacon sushi and anything you can imagine will be offered. Your admission ticket will allow you to sample all the entries. You know Ms. Goofy and I will be there.
161 Erie St.
San Francisco, Ca. 94102