Douglas, GA BBQ Contest Results

                                                                                                                                  November 2008


Well, I've been very busy cooking BBQ the past couple of weekends. Last weekend I spent Friday and Saturday cooking for the Roundhouse Blues & BBQ Festival in Savannah. I helped my brother-in-law Lee Sweat who now competes under the name Slabba-Dabba-Q and David and Michael Carter of the Arsonists BBQ Team cook a ton of BBQ.

roundhouse bbq festival

Before that was the Douglas, GA contest... while it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot, I didn't do too well at all. For some reason, my chicken sdouglas bbq contestkin turned out rubbery. I have tested and used that chicken recipe many times now and the skin always turns out tender and "bite through". But for some unknown reason, it turned out rubbery this time. I only have two guesses why it happened - 1) it may have been that Perdue chicken I bought or 2) the weather was a little on the cool side and maybe that had an effect on my cooking temperature. Anyway... my brisket got done way ahead of time and I foiled it, let it cool down, and put it on ice for a few hours. I re-heated the slices before turn in. It turned out a little crumbly and on the dry side. Too bad - I had really been practicing my brisket. I thought my ribs were pretty good, but the judges did not think so.

chicken turn in box

brisket turn in box

ribs turn in box

I'll figure these competitions out and let you know when I do. Next one will probably be next year. Remember... even though I sell a BBQ book, I am fairly new on the competition BBQ circuit as the head pit boss. I was always just the assistant. I really didn't think it would be this hard, but when you consider who I am competing against, I can understand why I am not winning. These BBQ teams are extremely good and have 10-20 years experience on me. They have their techniques down to a science. Me winning my first contest would be like a high school quarterback thinking he could win the super bowl. But I'm not going to give up yet!

The new color version of the book "Competition BBQ Secrets" is now available in our BBQ Store. Sorry I can't give any discounts or give away free copies to all past buyers because of the way the publishing company does business. I wish I could, but the cost of printing the new color version is prohibitive. The content is basically the same as in previous versions. It would make a nice gift for your BBQ friends though. To buy directly from our BBQ Store, click on the link below...

The eBook version is still available in our BBQ Store too along with some great BBQ gift ideas... thermometers, cookbooks, rubs, etc. Just click on the link below to go to our store...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bill Anderson
Chatham Artillery BBQ



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