With the Snowshoe coming up in less than a month, I think it's safe to say the competition season is right around the corner. It can't get here soon enough...the winter has been brutal here in New England.
It looks like all the popular kids are starting to post their 2011 grilling/barbecuing competition schedules, so here is the Insane schedule (subject to change):
March 12: Snowshoe Grilling Challenge in Abington, MA (grilling)
May 7: Norwich Rotary Rose BBQ Festival in Norwich, CT (grilling)
June 10-12: Cape Code BBQ Championship in Sandwich, MA (barbecue)
July 23-24: Western Maine BBQ Festival in Fryeburg, ME (grilling and barbecue)
August 12-14: Mainely Grillin' & Chllin' Country BBQ in Eliot, ME (barbecue)
September 17-18: Harvard Fall Festival in Harvard, MA (grilling and barbecue)
So it's looking like eight contests, if you break out grilling and barbecue. I'd love to do Lexington, Troy, and a slew of others. If I had unlimited time and money, I'd be signing up for every contest in New England and beyond. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen, so we have to pick the handful of venues that work best for us in terms of time and money.
The Snowshoe practicing is coming along. Steak and fatty are all set and we are in the final stages of pork tenderloin testing. Chef's choice is a bit of a question mark at this point. We have a few ideas, so we need to get busy in the outdoor test kitchen and try some things out.