Friday, May 4, 2012

Pork in the Park - 2012

Pork in the Park, held in Salisbury, MD, was our 2nd KCBS competition of the 2012 BBQ season. It is one of the largest in the country, this year hosting 113 competitors. BBQ Pitmasters was filming for season 3 of their BBQ competition TV show, making this year's event even bigger! Dave "famous Dave" Anderson was there competing with his local franchise owner Dave Marks, you could feel the excitement in the air.

Setup next to our friends Zombie BBQ.

I went into this competition with high expectations, having already stared the season strong, but it's funny how doubt creeps in as the day progresses, looking at the size of this event and the all too familiar faces competing. Deep breath... time to cook...

The chicken was a nightmare, nothing went as planned. At one point I had to laugh, thinking we'll never make turn-in time. Well we did and chicken finished 57th out of 113 teams. Score of 155.428.

Ribs have been my bread and butter, finishing top 10 in the last 7 competitions. The streak ended here but still finished a respectable 16th place. Score - 161.714.

Oh the feeling of hearing your name called... that shock and "OMG that's us" realization! It never gets old and you never get used to it!
Pork came out fantastic placing 4th out of 113 teams! Score - 166.856.

Our brisket was slightly dry, in my opinion, but looked beautiful as usual. It finished 33rd with a score of 155.999.

Our overall score for the competition was 639.9992, enough points to place us a shocking 7th out of 113 teams!

With our 4th place pork trophy!

Once again Pork in the Park met all expectations as one of the best and biggest BBQ events of the year thanks to Sandy Fulton and her team. Sandy, I don't know how you do it, but thanks for making this event one of our most anticipated contest of BBQ season! Complete list of winners can be found here.


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