It’s another judging adventure! This adventure takes me into the mountains of Franklin, NC for the Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival.
Located approximately 3 1/2 hours from Charlotte, NC, Franklin is nestled in the Appalachian mountains just minutes from the Georgia state line. The contest was held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center. There were a grand total of 52 teams entered in this contest. The festival also featured a car show and other attractions such as a cornhole tournament and several performance artists.
With every KCBS competition I have judged thus far, the theme has been the same in regards to the judges: seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. I can’t continue to stress how that barbecue people are just the nicest people on the planet by far! I enjoy this aspect of the competition almost as much as I enjoy tasting the entries. ;)
Speaking of the entries… I knew that the table I was at would be in for some good food when I took the first bite of the first chicken entry and was completely wowed! Overall, the entries that came across my table were very good! I was certainly not disappointed.
For the most part, the weather was not too terribly hot! Just prior to brisket turn-in at 1:30pm, a torrential downpour came through the area that lasted about 15 minutes. After that rainstorm, it was really, really humid! Also, parking was very much at a premium. At times navigating through traffic proved to be quite tricky. Other than that, I thought the competition went pretty well.
For a few minutes prior to judging, I decided to check out some of the vendors. As I was making my rounds, I came across an area for BBQSuperStars.com. This site is a great resource for all things BBQ ranging from instructional videos to in-depth interviews with some of the most prominent teams on the BBQ circuit. After judging, I got to meet the man behind BBQSuperStars.com, Darryl Mast! And here’s proof.
Hope you enjoyed my ramblings on my latest judging adventure! I’ll be judging a first-year contest in two weeks in Greer, SC! Let me know if you’ll be there because I’d sure like to meet you!
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