Our third contest was Smokin' Red Dirt BBQ in Enid, OK. This was the biggest contest we have been to so far with 66 teams competing in this KCBS sanctioned contest. We were once again lucky enough to have David Bouska and the Butcher BBQ competition team as our neighbor on site. David has been a great help in getting Dr. Nordy's BBQ up and running and being competitive at these contests. David was one of the teachers of the class I took in December, and he has been a great resource when questions arise on site at contests. (Thanks David!) For the record... Butcher BBQ finished 3rd in the country in the KCBS Team of the Year in 2011 so he is my BBQ "E.F. Hutton"... when he talks... I listen. (if you have no idea what the EF Hutton reference is you either have lived in a cave your whole life or are too young to have experienced some great commercials).
I forgot to take many pictures of this event... I'll try to do better next time.
Dr. Nordy's BBQ competed in our second contest April 6-7 at the Stillwater Elks Blazathon in Stillwater, OK. This was a fun event with 49 teams. I was a little more relaxed after having one contest already under my belt, but not completely comfortable yet. Though it stormed and rained all night and much of the morning we had a good cook and were lucky to get a FIRST PLACE call in Ribs and a SIXTH place call in Brisket! Not to shabby for our second contest. I am thankful for our Cookshack FEC100 and PG1000 smokers that cook great even in bad weather!
Our site in the Elks parking lot. It was nice of them to put a sign to direct people to our site... The signs were a nice "night light" after the sun went down.
Another view of the site
This is what Frist Place Ribs look like... or at least what the award looks like!
Kelli says these aren't staying on the mantel... shes wrong! Hopefully will be adding more!
I've been hiding out practicing competition BBQ. The first competition for Dr. Nordy's BBQ team was March 23-24 at the Sams Club BBQ Tour in Midwest City, OK.
This competition was one of 25 local events which feed in to 5 regional competitions and ultimately into a National Championship in Bentonville, Arkansas. Turns out this was a pretty crazy event to choose as our first event as there was only one other first time team there and the field was stacked with "well seasoned" (pun intended) teams.
This was both the debut of Dr. Nordy's BBQ team as well as our new competition trailer...
Loaded and ready to travel!
Some shelves might be handy...
Our setup at Sams
Posing for a silly picture
All the comforts of home... (sarcasm...)
Another view of our site.
Cooking up some chicken
All in all it was a successful first competition. My goals were 1) make all the turn-ins and 2) don't finish in last place. We met both goals and I was very happy to hear our name called twice for top 10 finishes in both pork and chicken.
Next stop for Dr. Nordy's is the Stillwater Blazathon April 6-7, in Stillwater, OK. I will be making a couple of tweaks in ribs and brisket and hopefully can put out quality pork and chicken again at this next contest.