Wagyu Beef

and a report on the Barnesville, GA BBQ Contest

                                                                                                  May 2009

Dear BBQ Friends:

     Well... we're smack dab right in the middle of BBQ season and things are getting busy on the BBQ competition circuit. The Chatham Artillery BBQ Team has already won it's first Grand Championship and Laura & Lee did a great job taking 5th place overall in Barnsville, GA last weekend with a respectable 2nd place in brisket. Congratulations to Joe and his Bethel Smokers team with an impressive 1st place brisket and a great score of 197.83. I know he is proud of that. Congratulations to Rub at Swamp Boys for winning the Grand Championship and Forrest's Fine Foods for Reserve. Here's some miscellaneous pictures from the contest...


     Our next competition is in Waynesboro, GA at the Boss Hog cookoff on May 8-9. This is a KCBS event and some of the best teams in the country will be there. Memorial Day is right around the corner, so you backyarders should be going full speed ahead too. Just because you are cooking in your back yard, doesn't mean you should settle for anything less than "competition quality" BBQ. And remember... May is National BBQ Month, so make sure you are smoking the best BBQ possible. We're here to help, so email me with any questions you may have. And don't forget about our BBQ Blog where you'll find all the questions and answers that are sent in to me. Feel free to make suggestions about future newsletter subjects too.

     Speaking of help... if you are like me in Savannah, your meat selection may be pretty bad. The big grocery chains took over years ago and drove the small meat shops out of business. Now all we have to choose from is select beef which is usually tough as shoe leather. It has been over 10 years since I bought a steak at a grocery store. Sam's does carry choice briskets but even those are only average. Most of the time they only have flats available. Piggly Wiggly carries Certified Angus Beef (CAB), but it is just the flat - they never carry the whole briskets.

     So what is one left to do?... The answer may be American Kobe or what they call Wagyu beef. It's supposed to be better than prime beef. Now, I'll tell you right up front, this is not for everybody. The briskets are not that expensive, but the shipping will cost you just about as much as the brisket. So if you want a little better meat for your next contest or for your Memorial Day cookout, maybe try some Wagyu beef. I'm not even going to try to tell you all about Wagu beef because I have a newsletter by David Rosengarten which explains it all in fine detail including several places where you can order some... to open the pdf file, just click on the link: wagyu.pdf

Bill Anderson
Chatham Artillery BBQ Team


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