So this year I finally got to do something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I moved to Kansas City back in 1998. I competed in the American Royal World Series of BBQ Competition. It is THE largest BBQ Competition in the United States, with over 500 teams competing. To be exact, this year there were 535 teams, from all over the world, in competition to make their best smoked meats, sauces, and sides. Even though it’s called the “World Series” of BBQ it’s more like the Super Bowl of BBQ.
My team was the 12th St. Pit Bosses.
Now, it isn’t only about the competition. If you are lucky enough to get invited to a private party Friday night, you’ll be entertained by live bands, DJ’s, and have an open bar on top of sampling the amazing food. It’ll beat your favorite BBQ restaurants by far. We went with an Octoberfest In KC BBQ Theme for our entry in the “Friday Night Party of The Year Contest” and we served Smoked Bacon Stuffed with Bacon Sausage and topped with a Roasted Onion Bacon Jam alongside some Beer Brined Kimchi Style Kraut Salad. We had Smoked Sweetbread Schnitzels with Gouda Mashed Potatoes, Burnt End Chopped Salads, and for Dessert we served Vanilla Bourbon Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing and Candied Bacon. I need not say any more. We had great food, great times, and tons of people swearing that I was Guy Fieri and wanting their picture taken with me. I guess he looks like me or something.
and we started up the smoker. Some of the entries needed a good 12 -13 hours smoke on them to get good.
Sunday was the big finale. Starting at 12 noon we were pulling meats off of the smoker and slicing them for presentation and judging. We had 5 entries that day; Chicken,
You have to present all of your meats in these styrofoam (eww, blech) containers lined with parsley leaves. You have a 5 minute grace period around the scheduled turn in time to get your products to the turn in tables. We timed our walk and it was 3 minutes 34 seconds. Being the athletic type that I am, I did the proper thing and stretched before the run. . .errr. . . walk.
It was quite an amazing site. Once you turn in your entry it’s time to go back and get your next one ready. Then later that day at the awards ceremony you find out how you did in each category and overall. We placed 4th for Beans,