Friday, January 28, 2011

Todd's Dirt

Just wanted to say thanks to Todd from Todd's Dirt for sending me a bottle of The Original Todd's Dirt and The Bayou Dirt. They both look and smell awesome! I can't wait to try them.

Thanks DIRT Man!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

How to make a MOINK Ball

What is a MOINK Ball?


+ Bacon

= MOINK Ball

Here is my recipe for MOINK Balls:

1 pound of 80/20 ground beef chop meat
1 egg
1 cup of bread crumbs
1/2 cup of pecorino romano grated cheese
2 tablespoons of Tony Chachere's Creole season

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Mix all ingredients until thoroughly absorbed by meat
Roll meat into balls called meatballs
Wrap 1 slice of bacon around each meatball
Insert tooth pick into moink ball to hold bacon in place
Dust moink balls with your favorite bbq rub

Place moink balls on smoker and cook for about 1 hour
After 1 hour flip moink balls over, cook 1 more hour
After 2nd hour remove moink balls from smoker
Dip moink balls in your favorite bbq sauce
Place moink balls back on smoker and cook for another half hour
After 2 and a half hours remove moink balls from smoker
Remove tooth picks and serve


Saturday, January 22, 2011

We're now on Twitter!

Follow the OFFICIAL Twitter page for The Smoke 'N Barrel Competition BBQ Team. @thesmokenbarrel

Friday, January 21, 2011

2011 BBQ Contest Schedule

Grillin On The Bay (NEBS) March 26th, 2011

Willie-Pallooza (Non-sanctioned) April 16th & 17th, 2011

Roc City Ribfest (KCBS) May 28th & 29th, 2011

Boston Hills BBQ Fest (KCBS) June 24th & 25th, 2011

I Love BBQ & Music Festival (KCBS) July 2nd – 4th, 2011

Troy Pig Out (KCBS) July 16th & 17th, 2011

Brockport BBQ & Music Festival (KCBS) July 30th & 31st, 2011

The Battle of the BBQ Brethren (KCBS) August 6th & 7th, 2011

Hudson Valley Ribfest (KCBS) August 20th & 21st, 2011

Sam's Club BBQ Competition (Local) (KCBS) September 23rd & 24th, 2011

* Sam's Club BBQ Competition (Regional) (KCBS) September 30th & October 1st, 2011 (Invitation Only)

* Sam's Club BBQ Competition (National) (KCBS) October 14th & 15th, 2011 (Invitation Only)

A Taste of Tanger (September) (Non-sanctioned) Dates TBD

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Practice makes perfect

I have to be honest and admit that my smokers have not seen a source of heat since the final competition of the 2010 bbq season last September. It has been a long, cold winter here on Long Island and the smokers are all lined up against the back of the house with a foot of fresh snow piled on top of them. It's tough to get myself motivated to fire up a smoker and do a low and slow cook when it's 25 degrees outside. However, the 2011 competition bbq season will be here before I know it and I need to practice if I want to take home a Grand Championship this season.
This past Tuesday they were calling for a big snowstorm here on Wednesday and I knew if they were right, I would have the day off from work. I figured having a day off in the middle of the week would be the perfect time to dig out one of the smokers and get in some practice, so I stopped on the way home from work on Tuesday night and picked up a 10 pound pork butt. When I got home I pulled one of my Weber Smokey Mountain smokers under the awning, filled it with fuel, got it ready for the morning, then covered it back up.
When I woke up Wednesday morning, sure enough, there was a foot of snow on the ground and still snowing. Snow day baby! I went out and lit the smoker, came back in and prepped the butt and bundled up for a long day of smoking. For some reason, the pulled pork tasted a little better this time around.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011 BBQ Season

It is officially 2011 and the competition bbq season is right around the corner and I can't wait to compete. I'll be stepping up my game this season thanks to a few new tools in my arsenal. I built a UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker), I got 4 kick ass knives and a set of Bear Paws for Christmas and John Boos Co. donated a beautiful wooden cutting board to the team. The goal for 2011 is to win our first Grand Championship.
I plan on entering the team into at least 8 of the 11 NYS bbq competitions this season and would like to rank in the Empire State BBQ Championship. I am also hoping to obtain sponsorship to help pay some of the costs that are associated with competing. Hopefully my next post will be to let you know that we got a team sponsor. But for now, I will be out in my backyard, practicing in the cold and snow, and thinking about the upcoming season.