As sad as it is for us to do, the time has come for the Lil’ Chub to find a new, loving home. As many of you know, this cooker has been a member of the Hot Grill on Grill Action family for nearly 8 years now. It has served us well, but with the toy hauler we use now to carry us around the country, we just don’t have the heart to let it sit without getting the use it deserves.
Sportsmanship Ramblings and a Year in Review by Hot Grill on Grill Action
Well another contest season has passed and though it was successful, it did not fall in line with what we had envisioned. In the world of competition BBQ being disappointed with a contest or an entire season is admirable; this is what drives a team or an individual to excellence.
HOT GRILL ON GRILL ACTION’S SMOKED BBQ TURKEY:
Let’s talk Turkey. If you have a smoker, chances are friends and family will look to you around Thanksgiving, Christmas , or any turkey time. Fortunately, the below recipe will provide a way to have them begging you for another round of gobbler.
The equiptment: For this cook, we are going to use the trusty WSM 18″ smoker. For additional giggles, I’m going to break out the proQ expander for the WSM. Though it won’t be necessary, I just got it and want to give it a go. This item will slip into the middle section of the WSM and add an additional cooking grate. We will use kingsford charcoal, pecan wood chunks for smoke, a looftlighter (electric charcoal starter), and lastly a pitmaster IQ110 for temperature control.
This is a bit dated…but it never made it to our blog!
We were the team spotlight in this issue of BBQ Mag Online.
Check it out: http://www.bbqmagonline.com/teamspotlight.html
It was shortly after we had installed our Rock’s Barbecue Stoker system to the Lil’ Chub and we couldn’t have been any more proud that our pit ran even better than before. On initial tests and practice cooks the pit ran flawlessly. To no fault of the Stoker, this time was different.
Each year prior to the beginning of the competition season we would typically cook for friends and family to make a few extra bucks. We would provide them with some vacuum packaged meats in trade for a donation for the team. It became known to the team as the “Big Cook.” This year was our 4th year in a row of the “Big Cook” and as you can imagine, each year more and more friends were asking if they could make a donation to the team. Obviously, this meant more meat needed to be cooked.
Hot Grill on Grill Action’s Sweet Cornbread:
The folks that attended our first event at the Bottomless Glass got to try these. Those that had attended both events did not get to eat them the second time. For this, I have caught a hat full of crap… “Where’s those corn bread muffins maannnnn?” “I can’t believe you didn’t make the muffins this time!” The only way I know how to apologize for not having the muffins at our last event is to provide the recipe so you can make them yourself. I know this doesn’t exactly fill your belly, but it’s gonna have to do. Oh, and by the way, the folks that attended the GOBS dinner at the Bellevue Fire Hall enjoyed them on April 10th. Should have been there if you weren’t!
Well folks, I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and explain the beginnings of our lives in the competition BBQ world. If you’ve paid attention to some of the other posts there’s some history there related to how we started out and whom we owe credit to for us getting started, but no info on the actual event itself.
1st Annual Tri-Cities BBQ Contest – September 23, 2005
Here it is, the first BBQ contest. Who would have guessed it would be the start of Hot Grill on Grill Action. After digging up the pictures and looking at the date it’s hard to believe that what seemed like just yesterday was over 6 years ago.
As everybody knows, we swear by the Weber Kettle. So, when we see something out there that may make it better we want to try it. Ever skeptical in things that can make a perfect rig better we felt obligated to put it to the test. If you started out like most of us you’ve done your time standing by the kettle feeding it a few briquettes every hour to run for long periods of time. According to the claims on the website the Smokenator 1000 can run for 6 hours if ran per the instructions.
The Jack Daniel’s World Championship in Lynchburg, TN – what an honor to be a part of it. I think our entire team understood the prestige behind this event as much as we could before heading out, but I’m not sure we had any idea just how big and awesome this event actually is. It was simply the coolest experience of our team’s history, hands down.
See it here! Some notes about our season and our draw to ‘The Jack’
This competition season started no differently than any other. Everyone on the team bought their ingredients to make their first rub of the year in hopes to create the perfect combination of spices. As always, everyone bought a few “store bought” rubs to try as well. We know, we know, some folks believe a true BBQ guy is supposed to make his own rub and not use store bought. We’ve been buying and trying store bought rubs since we started and always will – especially pre-season. You just never know what you might find.
Here we go folks. Sorry for the delay and thanks to those that reminded us we haven’t provided the update from the our last competition. Thankfully, things have been a little hectic for Hot Grill on Grill Action lately.
Overall Ranking: 12 out of 43
Chicken: 13th place
Ribs: 2nd place
Pork: 15th place
Brisket: 27th place
Congratulations to the Reserve and Grand Champions!
Grand Champion: Spitfire
Reserve Champion: Brew “N” Bar-B-Que
And another congratulations to Moe Cason with Ponderosa BBQ. He came in 7th overall. Despite our crap talk, Moe got us again. We’ll getcha next time big guy!
BREAKING NEWS; It’s official, Our BBQ Team Hot Grill on Grill Action was selected for Season 2 of TLC’s reality show “BBQ Pitmasters”. Ryan Amys, Matt Frampton, Logan Hendrickson, and Chris Yelick will be paired against the top BBQ chefs in the nation on the premier episode. I can promise you that the competition will be fierce and the show packed with not only the highest level BBQ, but also many twists, turns, suspense, and unforgettable moments.
. Make sure to tune into TLC on Thursday, August 12th at 10:00 (9:00 CST) and root us on!!!
Update 4/21/2010: We’re not getting our hopes up….but we have officially be picked as a finalist for the show! We have sent in the additional requested information….and are hoping for the best. This would be a trip!
Check it out everyone…..we’re doing everything we can to bring “BBQ Pitmasters-Season 2″ on TLC to Omaha this year. Join the group “Hot Grill on Grill Action BBQ team” on Facebook and check for updates and events surrounding this!!!
For now….enjoy our audition!!!
My quest for great BBQ all started back in 1999. My wife and I, newly married, moved from Omaha to KC. You would think that KC would be capable of providing the BBQ I was after with places like Little Jake’s, Winslow’s, Arthur Bryant’s and Hayward’s but as delicious as it all was (and is), the simple fact was, I missed my dads BBQ.