We had a great time in Des Moines at the Qlossal. The event is very well organized and well run. I field was amazingly tough this week and it was fun to cook in the same event as several folks I've seen on the Food Network :)
As I mentioned the categories were different this week....lets just say I like the regular categories better. I will never complain about prepping chicken ever again!
Or turn ins were just sort of OK and the judges agreed (out of 59 teams):
Ribs 39th 158.86
Pork 12th 168.57
Loin 35th 153.14
This was our first Iowa competition of the year, so it was also our first crack at Iowa Barbecue Society team of the year points in Ribs and Pork. One good and one bad. Actually, that is our best pork score ever...a good way to start. The IBS takes a teams top 4 scores and averages them together to determine the TOY. We are doing 5 contests in Iowa so it will be fun to see how we stack up against some of the big boys in Iowa at the end of the year.
Overall, it was a good weekend and I think we found a pork recipe to replicate the rest of the year.