Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Great American BBQ Tour

KCBS has announced the 2011 Great American BBQ Tour schedule.
Festival Dates Event Location
4/8/11 - 4/9/11 Grillin' On The River Columbus, MS
4/15/11 - 4/16/11 Rock'n Ribs Springfield, MO
4/30/11 - 5/1/11 Stagecoach Music Fest BBQ Champ Indio, CA
5/6/11 - 5/7/11 Run for the Ribs Louisville, KY
5/12/11-5/14/11 Memphis in May Memphis, TN
5/20/11 - 5/22/11 Great American Barbecue Festival Kansas City, KS
5/26/11 - 5/28/11 Food Lion Speed Street Harrisburg, NC
6/11/11-6/12/11 The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party New York, NY
6/25/11 - 6/26/11 Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle Washington, DC
7/1/11-7/4/11 Naperville Exchange Club's Ribfest Naperville, IL
7/8/10 - 7/10/10 New Jersey State BBQ Championship North Wildwood, NJ
7/22/10 - 7/24/10 Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest Columbus, OH
8/4/11 - 8/7/11 Wisconsin State Fair West Allis, WI
8/12/11 - 8/13/11 BBQ at the Summit Dillon, CO
8/19/11 - 8/20/11 Wyoming State BBQ Championship Worland, WY
8/31/11-9/5/11 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off Sparks, NV
9/16/11 - 9/17/11 Decatur Jaycees17th Annual Riverfest Decatur, AL
9/22/11-9/24/11 Praise the Lard Murphysboro, IL
9/30/11 - 10/2/11 American Royal Barbecue Kansas City, MO
10/14/11-10/15/11 Sam's Club National BBQ Championship Bentonville, AR
10/22/11 Jack Daniel's World Championship Lynchburg, TN

The Smoke 'N Barrel will be at The Big Apple BBQ Block Party in NYC as a spectator, possibly competing in the NJ State BBQ Championship, and if all goes well in the Sam's Club Local and Regional events, we will be competing in the Sam's Club National BBQ Championship.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Meat the family

It was 65* here on Long Island today in the middle of February. So I took advantage of the beautiful weather and did a little cleaning of the barbecues. The Weber Kettle and Weber Smokey Mountains haven't been cleaned since September. And although they were well seasoned, they were a mess. Fungus was growing on the grills and in the waterpan in one of the WSM's and the inside of it just stunk. Bottom line, they were gross!
Here they are after a nice cleaning.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Smoke 'N Barrel Competition BBQ Class

The Smoke 'N Barrel Competition BBQ Class has been added to the KCBS list of monthly cooking classes in the month of April and will also be listed in the March and April edition of the Bullsheet.
Cick here to see the listing on the KCBS website.
If you haven't signed up yet, do it soon because the class is filling up and seating is limited.

Friday, February 11, 2011

2011 Empire State Barbecue Championship

Attention all NY area competition barbeque teams, the 2011 Empire State Barbecue Championship has been announced at

Here is a list of the competitions, locations, dates and websites for each of the contests.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Team Lists available on KCBS

KCBS has added a list of teams that are currently signed up for each of the 2011 Sam's Club BBQ Series & National Championship local competitions on the KCBS website. Click here to see the list of teams.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sam's Club BBQ Series

The Smoke 'N Barrel Competition BBQ Team has successfully registered for the 2011 Sam's Club BBQ Series & National Championship in Region 5 being held in Pittsburgh, PA at Pittsburgh Sam's Club #6575 on 9/23/11 & 9/24/11.
Wish us luck, we're gonna need it!

The Kingsford Points Chase is back!

The Kingsford Points Chase is back … and it’s bigger and better.

In 2010, Kingsford fired up the world of barbeque by hosting a points chase for competitive BBQ teams that cooked with Kingsford Charcoal. The Kingsford Points Chase included 17 KCBS-sanctioned events and awarded more than $40,000 in prize money.

In 2011, Kingsford is expanding the Kingsford Points Chase to include 25 barbeque contests. The Kingsford Points Chase will again include all KCBS-sanctioned events on the Great American BBQ Tour but this year it will also include Memphis in May and 10 other KCBS events.

“The inaugural Kingsford Points Chase was a fantastic opportunity for us to elevate the sport of BBQ, support the KCBS and reward the barbeque teams,” said Kimberly Dillon, Associate Marketing Manager at Kingsford Charcoal. “For 2011, we are excited to expand the program and reward even more teams.”

To qualify for the Kingsford Points Chase this year, teams must use a minimum of 20 lbs. (approximately two bags) of Kingsford Charcoal throughout the duration of the contest. Complete rules and the registration form will be posted on the KCBS website during the month of February.

The Kingsford Points Chase will kick off in Hammond, LA at the Hammond Blues & BBQ Challenge and will culminate at one of BBQ’s most heralded events, The Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. The 2011 Kingsford Points Chase schedule is below. Kingsford and KCBS look forward to expanding this new competitive BBQ tradition.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cimmaron Doc's Rub

Just wanted to say thanks to Bob Brogdon from Cimmaron Doc's for sending me a bottle of their Sweet Rib Rub & BBQ Seasoning.
I decided to try out the rub by using it on the wings that I was making for the Super Bowl. I sprinkled a generous portion of the rub onto the wings, then placed them on my Weber Kettle. I turned the wings a few times, each time adding a little more of the rub to the wings. I finished the wings by dipping them into a mixture of home made bbq sauce consisting of a mixture of Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce, honey and maple syrup. I used my Thermpen to make sure that the wings had reached an internal temp of 165* before removing them from the barbecue.
Let me tell you, they came out amazing! Cimmaron Doc's rub is awesome and I plan on trying it on pork, beef and ribs.
Here are a few pics of the wings in progress:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

2011 Sam's Club BBQ Series & National Championship

The 2011 Sam's Club BBQ Series & National Championship line has been announced on the KCBS website.

KCBS and Sam's Club are excited to announce the Sam's Club BBQ Series! With over $400,000 in prize money and major bragging rights, this is one series you won't want to miss!

The 2011 Sam's Club BBQ Series will feature 20 local events, five Regional events and one National Championship in Bentonville, Ark.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for all local events will occur from this page and be open on Feb. 8, 2011 at Noon EST and will close on Feb. 11, 2011 at Noon EST. During this 72-hour window, teams will be allowed to register one (1) time for one (1) local event.

Once a team registers online, the team must pay the $250 entry fee in full to the KCBS office. This can not be done prior to the registration period. Contest registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For all rules pertaining to the Sam's Club BBQ Series, click here.

From all of us at The Smoke 'N Barrel, KCBS and Sam's Club, good luck to all teams!!

Sam's Club BBQ Competition Schedule

Region 1 - Las Vegas, NV
Date Event Club Address City ST
4/8/11 - 4/9/11 Sam's Club 6605 1225 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert AZ (Local)
4/15/11 - 4/16/11 Sam's Club 6623 3360 El Camino Ave. Sacramento CA (Local)
4/22/11 - 4/23/11 Sam's Club 6408 4201 Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe NM (Local)
4/30/11 - 5/1/11 Sam's Club 8147 1200 E. Eisenhower Loveland CO (Local)
5/6/11 - 5/7/11 Sam's Club 4974 2650 E. Craig Road Las Vegas NV (Regional)

Region 2 - Fort Worth, TX
Date Event Club Address City ST
5/13/11 - 5/14/11 Sam's Club 4720 4970 Hwy. 290 W. Austin TX (Local)
5/20/11 - 5/21/11 Sam's Club 6421 2000 Westview Blvd. Conroe TX (Local)
7/1/11 - 7/2/11 Sam's Club 4707 8300 W. 135 St. Lenxa KS (Local)
7/8/11 - 7/9/11 Sam's Club 8241 6521 S.E. 29th St. Midwest City OK (Local)
7/15/11 - 7/16/11 Sam's Club 4742 4400 Bryant Irvin Rd. Fort Worth TX (Regional)

Region 3 - Jackson, TN
Date Event Club Address City ST
5/27/11 - 5/28/11 Sam's Club 6527 10444 N. Mall Dr. Baton Rouge LA (Local)
7/22/11 - 7/21/11 Sam's Club 6256 7475 Winchester Rd. Memphis TN (Local)
8/5/11 - 8/6/11 Sam's Club 8102 5940 Trussville Crossings Blvd. Birmingham AL (Local)
8/19/11 - 8/20/11 Sam's Club 6646 150 Cobb Pkwy S. Marietta GA (Local)
8/26/11 - 8/27/11 Sam's Club 8290 9498 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando FL (Local)
10/7/11 - 10/8/11 Sam's Club 6507 2120 Emporium Dr. Jackson TN (Regional)

Region 4 - Indianapolis, IN
Date Event Club Address City ST
6/3/11 - 6/4/11 Sam's Club 6349 9400 Southwestern Ave. Evergreen Park IL (Local)
6/10/11 - 6/11/11 Sam's Club 6419 2401 U.S. 31 S. Traverse City MI (Local)
6/17/11 - 6/18/11 Sam's Club 8255 7050 Watts Rd. Madison WI (Local)
6/24/11 - 6/25/11 Sam's Club 6312 9925 Hudson Rd. Woodbury MN (Local)
8/12/11 - 8/13/11 Sam's Club 6301 10859 E. Washington St. Indianapolis IN (Regional)

Region 5 - Medford, NY
Date Event Club Address City ST
9/9/11 - 9/10/11 Sam's Club 6402 4418 W. Wendover Ave. Greensboro NC (Local)
9/16/11 - 9/17/11 Sam's Club 4710 2444 Chesapeake SQ Ring Rd. Chesapeake VA (Local)
9/23/11 - 9/24/11 Sam's Club 6575 249 Summit Park Dr. Pittsburgh PA (Local)
9/30/11 - 10/1/11 Sam's Club 6428 2950 Horse Bock Rd. Medford NY (Regional)

Sam's Club National BBQ Championship
Date Event Club Address City ST
10/14/11 - 10/15/11 Sam's Club 4969 3500 S.E. Club Blvd. Bentonville AR (National)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Salt Lick BBQ

Just wanted to say thanks to The Salt Lick BBQ for sending me a bottle of Original and a bottle of Spicy BBQ Sauce and a bottle of Dry Rub and Garlic Rub. Thanks @SaltLickBBQ.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Learn How To BBQ Like A Pro!

The pitmaster of The Smoke ‘N Barrel Competition BBQ Team is offering a class that will teach you how to barbecue like a pro.
I will be using my Weber Smokey Mountains that I use for personal use and in barbecue competitions to teach you how to slow cook the best barbeque you will ever taste.
The skills that you learn in this class will also help you when competing in barbecue competitions.

Here are some of the topics that we will cover:
Introduction to the Weber Smokey Mountain
Starting the Smoker
Preparing Ribs
Preparing Pork Butt
Preparing Beef Brisket
Preparing Chicken
Making Injection
Making Rub
Making BBQ Sauce
Smoking the Meat
Knowing When the Meat is Done
Letting the Meat Rest
Slicing the Meat
Presenting the Meat

The food that we cook during the day will be served for dinner after the class.
The class is being held on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at my house in Seaford, Long Island, NY.
The price of the class is $125.00 per person.
Seating is limited to 10 students so sign up before the class is full.