You would never know there was a category 3 hurricane closing in by the weather Friday morning as we set up camp, the sun even poked out a few times. Around 11pm that night, as I was putting our brisket on the smoker, the wind started picking up slightly - a reminder of what was only 24hrs., or so, away.
At 5am Saturday, the ribs hit the smoker and chicken took a swim in some brine and it started to look like rain.
The chicken started cooking around 9am, the wind was also starting to pick up.
The rain did hold off long enough for us to get all of our meats turned in to the judges, but by the time the award ceremony began it started getting nasty! They rushed giving out the awards so teams could get out of there before it really got bad... some teams did not wait around for the awards at all!
Chicken was dead ass last, 67th.
Ribs finished in 4th place, some of the best ribs I have made at a competition!
The pork landed at 23rd, I thought it should have scored a bit higher.
Brisket took 6th place!
We ended up finishing 16th overall out of 67 teams. The biggest challenge was heading home to Philly in that blinding rain, with Irene racing to meet us there! We made it home safe and I didn't even get that much water in my basement... nice try Irene!
Oh - and special thanks to my good luck charm that showed up at the event, the real reason all ended up well!