The snow is starting to melt, and BBQ is starting to heat up. 2014 has seen its share of winter, and teams are ready to thaw out those BBQ cookers and hit the trail once again. We here in Florida have been competing since the first weekend in January, and it looks like it will not be slowing down till mid-June. I have seen folks in the northern states, chomping at the bit, ready to get there competition BBQ fix on, but still having to wait till Mother Nature sends a little warmth north. All saying the same thing……….Let’s hear it Will Smith.
I would consider myself and my team as being, relative new comers to competition BBQ. HGW has only been out for about 3 years now, 2 years pro, but in my opinion, competition BBQ has grown in the past 3 years. The competition calendar is filling up, and teams have a couple competitions each month to choose from. Not only are the competitions on the rise, but there are many many new teams coming out to compete. That is a great thing for the sport of BBQ. Speaking of the sport of BBQ, Darryl Mast has some great shows out on teams and following BBQ as a sport. You can check out Darryl on facebook, or he has tons of information on YouTube. Darryl has videos that can really help out some new teams, as well as teams that have been around.
I think folks like Darryl, and all who are involved with sharing BBQ thoughts, and procedures on-line, via social media, YouTube or on the many BBQ blog talk shows that have popped up lately. I have my favorites, but there are many great ones to listen, and they have tons of information. So, if you haven’t listened, or if you are not able to catch the show live, there is always a playback available. Make sure to take advantage of this source of BBQ information.
This weekend was a big weekend for competitions, it looked like a lot of teams kicked off their 2014 season this weekend. We were not able to compete this weekend, so we did the next best thing, went out and supported the teams. We also stopped in spent some time with our new sponsor, Just Grillin, in Tampa, FL. Doug Driscoll and his team at Just Grillin do a great job, and have an awesome store. We are looking forward to introducing some of Just Grillin’s products to other teams on the circuit. There are a lot of exciting things in the works for Just Grillin, please stay tune for what Just Grillin can do for you and your team, or visit them on line at: www.justgrillinflorida.com
Visit Just Grillin at: 11743 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, Florida 33618
It looks like there will be some time for practice cooks for HGW. We have a couple months before our next comp., and that will give us some time to revamp a couple of things, especially our ribs. I have some serious work to do on our ribs. So the next couple months, I’m hoping to get our ribs back on track.
Good smokin’ luck to everyone hitting the competition trail. Safe travels to all.