A couple of weeks ago we did our fourth competition of the year: The Friendly Fires Peterborough Rib Cookoff. This was an unsanctioned competition, with the prize being a Saffire Kamodo grill.
This competition was different from all of the ones we’ve done so far, and we were cooking St Louis cut side ribs instead of back ribs. We were also cooking 4-8 racks, so we would have samples to pass out to the public as they were visiting. We ended up doing 5 racks, which was as much as I wanted to cram in on a rack, as I also had some stuff to throw on the bottom rack for nibbling later.
This was the furthest east we had gone to do a competition, and I had been talking on Twitter to a couple of teams from the Ottawa/Montreal area: Rope A Dope, and Sibling Rivalry. Both of them are doing very well in the CSBBQ, in 2nd and 4th place overall. We planned to make some extra food while there to share, and between the three of us we had armadillo eggs, ABTs, a fatty/bacon explosion, moinks, and bacon wrapped sausages. Friendly fires, the host of the event, also had hot dogs, pizza, and ribs. We ate well that day, between everything that was made, and all of the competitors rib samples at the end of the day!
The competition itself was fun. It was a windy day, and I had problems with wind gusting into the exhaust of my drum, so I was having problems with temperature spikes. I adjusted my cooking times, and built a wind break out of some aluminium foil and duct tape. That helped keep the temp down a lot, but I still had to adjust my cooking times to get my ribs to the right tenderness.
When it was finally turn in time, I wasn’t sure how the tenderness of the ribs were going to be because of the temperature spikes. Luckily, when I took them off, they were great! I got them cut up, and we made our box. I also managed to drop a whole rack on the ground… good thing we had 5 racks this time!
The next hour or so was spent waiting for judging. We wandered around the area, talking to the other teams and sampling ribs. Everyone that tried our ribs and moinks loved them, and it was nice to get some feedback from the public on the flavour.
We ended up right in the middle this time, at 5th out of 10 teams. Not the greatest result, but we were happy for Marc from Sibling Rivalry who won first place. Check our their blog about the competition here! I was happy with the way our ribs turned out, but I guess on that day they weren’t what the judges were looking for. I would have liked to win a komodo cooker, but there’s always next year!
On another note, a couple of readers from the Facebook page stopped by during the day for a chat. It was really awesome to meet some of my readers in person and talk BBQ, and kind of cool for us to be recognized. It was also awesome to finally get to meet some of the teams from out east.
Our next competition is in 3 weeks at the BBQLympiques in Brossard, Quebec. It’s a CSBBQA AVC event, which means we’ll get our third score in for the amateur circuit. My wife and I are taking advantage of the long weekend and making it into a little getaway. Can’t wait!