We survived our second KCBS contest in Eliot, ME this past weekend (just barely). Here is a rundown by category:
1) Chicken - This is the only thing I really missed the mark on. However, after thinking about this quite a bit, I think I know what I did wrong and I also think it will be pretty easy to fix at our next competition. Finish: 25 out of 29.
2) Pork ribs - Horribly overcooked due to an electronic malfunction. But as Mike from Lakeside said, better overcooked than undercooked. That made me feel better, and he was right. Finish: 14/29 Very surprising...thought I'd be in the 20s in ribs. One judge gave it a perfect score. Go figure.
3) Pork - I was happy with what we turned in for pork. I thought it was probably our best chance at getting a call in anything that day. But I had no idea, with such get teams like I Smell Smoke!!!, Yabba Dabba Que, Bastey Boys, Transformer, Lakeside, Lunchmeat, Cancer Sucks, etc. that it would end up in first. It totally blew me away. Suzanne said she thought that maybe they were trying to figure out how to pronounce our last name when there was a delay in announcing first place pork, but I wasn't thinking that at all. I'm still in shock! Finish: 1/29.
4) Brisket - This was another entry I was very happy with. It came out pretty much as I had hoped. I only got two perfect scores from judges (different judges) and the second was in brisket. Another judge disagreed, however, and gave it a 5 for taste. I only cook one brisket and the entry all came from the same place on that brisket. Cut me a break, Judge #5. :-) That's ok. I'm going to cook it the exact same way next time, because I'm confident in the product. Finish: 10/29.
Overall - Finish: 11/29. Not bad for our second competition. At our first competition last year at Harvard, we finished 31/35 and we were 34/35 in pork. Ouch. What a difference a year makes.
It was a great competition and I'm hoping they will have us again next year. Great job, Jane and Laurel and also Kathie and Leslie (I know the chicken wing turn in time change wasn't your fault!). Also, thanks to Ann, Dan, Carol, Peter, and everyone else who stopped by our site to say hi!
Next up, the Harvard Fall Festival. My parents are joining us from Illinois for that one, so it should be a lot of fun.