We cooked the event in Mason City last week and had a great time. The Bash is held in East Park and it is a great setting for a BBQ contest. We had some issues with power early on Friday but we got those resolved and all went well from there. Being so close to home and work we had many visitors and it all went by very quickly. Our turn-ins were very consistent; nothing great in my mind, but nothing terrible either. The judges agreed and we were very happy to finish 7th overall and 3rd in Brisket in this extermely tough field. In fact, our total score in Mason City was only 1 point shy of our Grand Championship score in Owatonna in May.
Up in Smoke BBQ - Mason City, IA
Out of 65 Teams
7th Place - OVERALL
29th Place - CHICKEN
20th Place - RIBS
21th Place - PORK
3rd Place - BRISKET
On a side note, I keep bragging about the competition we've faced this year so I thought I better put some facts behind it. KCBS just released the updated Team of the Year standings for 2009. We have competed against 13 of the top 25 teams in the country to this point (and most of them several times).