The Snowshoe Grilling Challenge is coming up this Saturday. If you've seen my status updates on Facebook lately, you've also seen that I've been practicing a lot. It was my goal to finish experimenting/practicing last weekend. I finished late Sunday night, so I was happy about that.
Here's how I feel about each category going into the contest:
1) Rib eye steak - I have a feeling that there will be lots of great steak entries, and I expect several competitors to score well with their steak. I don't think I've met a rib eye that I didn't like! I like the way we prepare it, but I'll be happy to place in the top 10 in steak with the stiff competition at this contest. Lucky judges!
2) Chicken wings - I'm sorry to say this, but I really don't like chicken wings. I don't like eating them and I don't like cooking them. And I like them even less after practice cooking them several times. Hooters establishments exist to take your mind off the fact that you are eating a freaking wing of a chicken. Just kidding, all you chicken wing lovers! I think the wings will be acceptable, but I'd be extremely shocked if we get a call in this category. It's the only category where I can say that.
3) Fatty - This was the easiest category to nail down. We took 5th place in Fatty last year, so only minor modifications were made. If we follow the schedule and things go according to plan, the entry should be strong.
4) Chef's choice - I really love what we came up with here. It took a long time to figure out exactly what we were going to do, but it was worth the wait. I can't give anything away, other than to say I'm really happy with it.
On another note, I'm going to pick up a load of Wicked Good Charcoal tomorrow. I decided to purchase it and pick it up at the warehouse in Holyoke rather than buying a handful of bags at a time and have it shipped to me. It's more economical this way, and I'm really not that far from Holyoke. Wicked Good is a class act and I highly recommend their products. And they are just plain nice folks! They also informed me that they have some damaged and some dirty 22 lb. bags of lump available for $9.00/bag. You just have to pick it up at the warehouse. If you are interested, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick-up...tell them Jared sent you.
Hope to see everyone at The Snowshoe! Looking forward to seeing fellow competitors, fellow judges, and other kind visitors donating to a good cause!