Friday, May 28, 2010

TippyQ For Sale

We have decided to sell our 5th Wheel ToyHauler that we have converted for BBQ competitions.
Up for sale is my 5th wheel camper toyhauler that has been setup for BBQ competitions. I am only selling due to a change in plans, I will consider trades or partial trades for a Class C Motorhome or a vending/competition trailer. Here are the details:

2007 BayHauler BH 3360. 37' long, 10' seperate garage in rear with ramp door. Garage converted to a kitchen with 3 bay sink, stainless steel work table, small refridgerator, cabinets, and countertop. The garage also has room and tie downs for smokers in the middle. We haul a couple of Backwoods around, but it could accomodate a wide variety of smokers (FEC-100's, superiors, stumps, BGE's, JAMBO enclosed model, etc). The front of the camper is equiped like a standard 5th wheel, with a Queen bed, sofa sleeper, dinettte, kitchen, shower, and toilet. See the link below for floorplan. As you can see in the attachment the trailer is light for its size and pulls well. I pull it with a 2006 Chevy 2500 Duramax Diesel (that is also for sale, I will make you a heck of a deal on the package )


This is the perfect trailer for competitions. Compete in style with all the comforts of home!

$25,500 and I will help deliver almost anywhere(I said almost ) Email or Facebook message for more details.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Capital City Cookoff Recap

Contest number two of 2010 is in the books! Brian, Matt, and I made the seven hour trip to Jefferson City Missouri last weekend. We cooked very well, had a great time, and managed to return home unharmed.

This contest is well known for having a big purse ($26,000 total), for attracting some of the best teams in the country, and for being very cook friendly. Bruce Ring and his group of volunteers came through on all counts.

Unlike our cook in Little Rock, everything seemed to click in Jefferson City. The Backwoods Smoker's performed flawlessly and we hit our marks consistently. We aren't in mid season form by any means, and it still seems like we are working too hard at this, however, we are getting closer :). After turn in's we began the clean up and I think we all felt pretty good about what we had turned out. We made an adjustment to a couple of flavor items on chicken and the chicken was much improved over Little Rock. We were also trying out a new rib supplier and switched up the rub used on them. Like the chicken the ribs were far improved over the last couple of attempts.

As we headed into awards I think we all had high hopes for the day. As it turned out we were not to be disappointed:

Chicken 3rd
Ribs 5th
Pork 6th
Brisket 35th
Overall 3rd

We finished just over a point out of 2nd - Iowa's Smokey D's, and over 12 points out of first - Great Grills O' Fire. As it turned out we could have finished 4th in Brisket and still not finished better than 2nd. Needless to say, Becky and Mark with Great Grills O' Fire cooked their butts off and earned that victory! Our Friends Ryan and Sonya of Big T'z Q Cru finished in a strong 5th position to make it three Iowa teams in the top five!

All in all, we had a great time, filled the BBQ account for the next several contests, and really feel good about how we are cooking heading into the meat of our schedule. The long drives are over for a while and we are looking forward to contests a little closer to home. Next up is the Minnesota in May event held at the Mower County Fairgrounds in Austin on May 14th and 15th.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

USA Barbecue Championship Recap

The first one is in the books. It appears as though North Little Rock and the team survived the event. Although we didn't finish as well as we had hoped, we had a great time and enjoyed cooking against the best of the best.
I left Wednesday morning for the trek down the the trailer and made it all the way to Joplin Missouri before calling it a night. I found a lovely Super 8 that was a bit dirty and a little scary looking, however, for $39.99 I couldn't complain. I killed a little time Thursday morning in Joplin, bought some ribs, had some breakfast and was on to the final leg to North Little Rock. The rest of the ride was uneventful and I arrived unscathed at about 2:30.

Matt and Brian were driving separate and wouldn't be arriving until Friday afternoon, so I was on my own for setup. Check in at the event went fairly smoothly, especially considering the number of teams they were trying to direct. I found my spot and spent the afternoon setting up. A group of us from the BBQ-Brethren went to supper at The Flying Fish, I ate way too much and was fast asleep by 11pm.

Friday morning it was finally time to go into official contest mode and the day went fast trimming and prepping. It was at the cooks meeting that it really set in that this event really was the who's-who of BBQ. 226 teams and a large percentage of them could win this event.

The big meats went on as usual Friday night and we stayed up way too late drinking and carrying-on. As a result of that Saturday morning came very early, but like usual everything went on in time and before we knew it it was time to turn in chicken. We were a little out of sync (I'm sure Friday night had nothing to do with that) but we figured it out and all in all the turnins went smoothly. As usual we placed our guesses as to where each category would finish. Also, as usual we were all over the board. Here are a couple of pictures of our chicken and brisket boxes, very good looking boxes in my opinion.
The weather had been really nice the entire event but after turnin's it began to cloud up and it began to rain and got very windy about the time the awards ceremony started. Due to the size of the event and the large purse the organizers decided to payout the Top 40 in each category. We were disappointed as the chicken category passed without our name being called. I really thought we had earned a call in chicken, as they started ribs I knew better than to have hope for a top 40 and I was correct. On to pork, again I thought we had earned a Top 40 with some of the best pork we have turned out. This time the judges agreed and TippyCanoe BBQ Crew got a call for 9th place Pork. Generally 9th place pork wouldn't be all that impressive, but in this event I was thrilled. Brisket also passed without a call. At this point I was very interested in seeing our overall scores. In the end I would be very happy with Brisket, satisfied with the ribs, and scratching my head over the chicken,

Chicken 215th place (ouch)
Ribs 137th place
Pork 9th place
Brisket 57th place
Overall 99th place

They hated the chicken and it really hurt our overall score. All in all, it was a great time and that one good call always makes it worth it and has us coming back for more. I think I have diagnosed the chicken problem and I'm looking forward to giving it another go in a couple of weeks at the Capital City Cookoff in Jefferson City Missouri.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hang on to your hat...

Here goes...the 2010 season it FINALLY here! It has been the longest winter of my life and I am ready to get the smoke rollin' for 2010. I am headed out sometime Wednesday and Brian and Matt will be joining me sometime on Friday.

We will be competing in the USA Barbecue Championship, considered the worlds richest BBQ competition with $100,000 in prize money.

I got the camper out of storage last weekend and have spent this weekend cleaning, shopping, and loading. Should be all set to go for the year.

Looking forward to getting back out there and seeing a bunch of the best teams in the country (and one coming all the way from Japan to compete). I wouldn't mind bringing home a little cash as well!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2010 Schedule Update has been updated with the first half of our schedule for 2010. Please go on over and check it out!

With everything else going on in life outside of BBQ we decided to try to limit contests to two weekends per month. As a result we are going to miss several events I had really hoped to hit in 2010. As a side note, I really wish the Iowa events were a bit more spread out. Its seems as though they are all in June and July and the months really get crowded.

We will start the year with a long haul to North Little Rock Arkansas. The event should have 200+ of the best teams in the nation competing for a piece of $100,000 in prize money. It is said to be the richest KCBS contest ever had I hope we can get our hands on some! They are doing a good job of spreading the 100k around by paying the top 40 spots in each category. Really looking forward to getting back into competition mode!

I promise many more blog posts, videos, and pictures to come as we get into the competition season. It's just to hard to think about this blog and the website about BBQ with 3 feet of snow on the ground!