Friday, April 23, 2010

Pork in the Park 2010

Our first competition of 2010 is in the books! Pork in the Park is a great event held each year in Salisbury, MD. It’s always a professional, well organized competition and this year became the largest in the mid atlantic region hosting 132 teams! Even a little rain and some gusty wind couldn’t put a damper on the contest.

Blind Pig BBQ finished 40th overall, not as well as I had hoped but respectable. The highlight for us was a 13th placing in chicken using a new method for the first time. The result was slightly crispy, bite-through skin with tender smoky meat. Hopefully I can reproduce this at the next competition.

Our ribs sadly finished 52nd and I thought they were as good as I ever made in the past… OK maybe they needed to be a little more tender, I’ll work on that!

The pulled pork came in 57th and I’m surprised it was that high. And our brisket bottomed out at 73rd place. These are the two entries that finish 2nd and 3rd at last years NJ State BBQ Championship in North Wildwood, NJ… what the hell…

Still, overall, this is a fantastic competition that I start my BBQ off with each year and look forward to 2011. Thanks to Sandy Fulton for putting together such an awesome event, hopefully next year she will be handing us one of those cool trophies.