Sunday, October 12, 2008

Goats, Music, & More - Lewisburg, TN

October 11, 2008

Overall Results
Grand Champion - Big River BBQ
Reserve Grand Champion - Jiggy Piggy
Long Dawgs Blue Smoke - 3rd
Blinddog's Outlaw BBQ Gang - 6th
High on the Hawg - 7th

DoRagQ's Results
Overall - 5th
Chicken - 7th
Ribs - 11th
Pork - 6th
Brisket - 4th

Smokin on the Square - Gallatin, TN

October 4, 2008

Overall Results
Grand Champion - QUAU
Reserve Grand Champion - Pig Smokers in Paradise
Team Allegro - 3rd
Smokey Mountian Smokers - 9th
High on the Hawg - 10th

DoRagQ's Results
Overall - 14th
Chicken - 5th
Ribs - 4th
Pork - 18th
Brisket - 16th

Grillin & Chillin BBQ Cookoff - Owensboro, KY

September 27, 2008

Grand Champion - Monthy Pigthon & the Holy Grill
Reserve Grand Champion - Smokin' T's

Team Allegro - 9th
Blinddog's Outlaw BBQ Gang - 10th

DoRagQ Results
Overall - 11th
Chicken - 12th
Ribs - 15th
Pork - 43rd
Brisket - 3rd

Most of the contests that we compete in are in Tennessee. This year we decided to venture up North to "Big Blue" country and give it a whirl. Gary, Richard, & I departed DoRagQ Headquarters on Thursday late afternoon to make the 2 1/2 hour road trip to Owensboro to meet our friends Jen & Dan Watson of Long Dawgs Blue Smoke. The ride up was mostly uneventful thanks to Richards GPS unit. (Did I just say unit?) After a few adult beverages and some chit-chat with Dan we called it a night.

Friday Lou & Buck of High on the Hawg drove up to hang out with the DoRag Crew. They had decided to take a weekend off and wanted to check out the scene in KY. Jim & Johnny of Son Seekers also pulled in and we were complete! All of our Peeps were "In Da House". After our usual "Friday Feast" (pork chops, baked potatoes, & salad) Jim broke out the home-made ice cream! What a treat! After gaining 15 pounds we all went to check out the entertainment. DJ & Karaoke was advertised and we pursuaded Gary "Nickel-Jax" to strut his stuff. And he didn't let us down. After a fine rendition of "Chattahoochie" the crowd rewarded Gary with the largest appause of the night! A star is born! So be sure to check out DoRagQ Records newest (and only0 recording artist "Gary Nickelback Lee" preforming at a stage near you!

After a brief fan club meeting Saturday morning we got down to biz and turned in out offerings. We were pleased to finish 11th out of 52 teams with a 3rd in brisket! We were most proud of our 12th place chicken. Thanks to Lou & Buck for some coaching we finally are cooking some eatable bird. Son Seekers finished 13th overall with a 9th place showing in chicken, a 10th in ribs, & 16th in Brisket. Long Dawgs Blue Smoke finished 16th with a 1st on pork & 6th in brisket. Way to go!

All in all a great weekend with great friends in a great location. Mary Jo, Terry, and crew did a fantastic job taking care of all the cookers as well as 200 other campers. Owensboro was the first of three contests on consecutive weekends. I hope we can ride the wave the rest of the way and get a top 10 overall. We were close but no cigar!

Cookeville Results

September 6, 2008

Overall Results
Grand Champion - Music City Pig Pals
Reserve Grand Champion - BIGBRIQ.COM
High on the Hawg - 6th
Ulika - 7th
Blinddog's Outlaw BBQ Gang - 8th

DoRagQ's Results
Overall - 24th
Chicken - 26th
Ribs -25th
Pork - 16th
Brisket - 4th

Well there is not much to say about this weekend but "WE SUCKED" except in brisket. Several valuable lessons were learned this weekend. First, when you change your recipe & technique (chicken) practice more than once! Second, when you normally cook 4 racks of ribs for competition, don't cook an additional 4 racks for friends. This seems to take your focus away from the 4 competition ribs. Third, be sure to have a good time on Friday night because you may SUCK on Saturday! So I am glad that we had a good time and partied like "Rock Stars". We still love the Cookeville contest. The crowd and atmosphere make the event fun and exciting. The music is always good and we always seem to have some friends drop by and also manage to make some new ones. Thanks again to Richard & Gary who made it a blast. Congrats to our neighbors Lou & Buck of High on the Hawg, Paul Hood of, Ulika, & Blinddog's Outlaw BBQ for a great showing. It's always a blast to hang out with you guys.

I also want to congradulate two of my mentors Bobbie & Lee McWright of Music city PigPals who took the Grand Championship. It was a thrill to see them win. Thank you for all your support and help over the years. You are the BEST!

Cookeville was our highpoint in 2007. In 2008 it wasn't that kind to us but I made some bad decisions that put us there. I was pissed for a while but quickly began thinking what to do to get us back on track. Only a couple of weeks until Owensboro but we will be ready.

P.S. Great Job Tony Stone! Move your truck!