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Contest Bites: Dimples BBQ Sauce + T-Shirt Giveaway

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  I’ve seen this contest mentioned over the last couple of days and wanted to get the word out.  Dimples BBQ Sauce is giving away a bottle of their totally awesome BBQ Sauce (which I’ve recently reviewed) as well as a t-shirt.  The contest ends today (November 6) at 8:00pm EST.

So how do you enter?  It’s simple!  You can enter in one of two ways:



Contest Bites: Char-Broil “Big Easy” Oil-less Infrared Turkey Fryer

Most of you know that one of my favorite BBQ and grilling people on the Internet is Robyn Medlin Lindars, aka GrillGrrrl.  She is a great source of information for tasty recipes that anyone can cook on their outdoor cooker.  She is also running a contest Nov. 5-14 to giveaway one of these beauties: a Char-Broil “Big Easy” Oil-less Infrafred Turkey Fryer!

Details on how to enter to win can be found on the blog post for this contest.  Let Robyn know that Big Wayner sent you!

I Survived The Jack!!!

If I had to describe this past weekend in one word, that word would be WOW!  Yes, in all caps.  It was just that awesome!  The hardest part about this trying to figure out where in the world to start.  I guess the beginning would be a good place…


The trip started at about 3am EST from Taylors, SC — near the Greenville/Spartanburg metro area.  My good friend Jay Prince and I were on the road for six hours before arriving at Lynchburg, TN.  After the fastest six hour car ride that I have ever experienced, we finally arrived at the distillery at 8am CST.  Because we arrived so early, we were fortunate enough to park at the visitor’s center.  And there to greet us was the gentleman himself!

Upon arrival, we immediately sign up for a tour and get in on the second tour of the day.  It was a good thing that we went ahead and did this, because after the tour ended around 9:30am, there was a very long line going out the visitors center!

Although the tour had to be somewhat rushed due to this being the busiest day of the year at the distillery, it was still an excellent tour.  Bruce did a great job of leading us through the hallowed grounds of the distillery, the still house, and the barrel house.  Unfortunately we did not get to sample the whiskey (with it being in a dry county), but we did get some tasty lemonade.

The population around the area really get into this event, and it is evident by the massive crowds seen dispersed throughout.  You really can’t put into words the dedication, passion, and love that locals put into this event — it’s really something that has to be experienced in person.  The layout is just amazing.

A word of advice: if you go, invest the money and purchase a commemorative whiskey barrel top.  Make sure to bring a black Sharpie marker, and take it to have the teams sign.  It makes for a great conversation piece, and it’s really cool to have teams sign it!  As you can see, the one I purchased is already on display at the office.

Whiskey Barrel Top

Oh yeah, I also got branded an honorary Canadian by DivaQ.  But I’ll tell more about that next time…

There really is so much more to tell, but I wanted to keep this brief.  Next time I will be talking about some of the teams that I had the privilege of meeting in Lynchburg!  If you’re interested in seeing some photos, you can check out the album on my Facebook page.

The Fan’s Guide to the Jack: What you Need to Know

So is this your first time to go to the Jack?  It’s mine too!  I’m seriously going to be like a kid at Christmas when I arrive.  I have had this date circled on my calendar for quite some time now.  Again, another big huge shout-out to my friend Jay Prince for allowing me to tag along on this trip.

There is a great article by Rod Gray of Pellet Envy talking about the must-do things for a first-time competitor at the Jack.  But what about the fan attending for the first time?  What should he or she do?  Well I’ve asked Rod to provide his insight, and he has gladly done so!

Free Samples!!

A unique thing about the Jack is that teams are asked to pass out samples of their turn-in meat to the public.  If they do not, a Jack Daniels representative will visit the team’s site to collect the leftover meat to distribute to volunteers.  This presents a unique opportunity for the public to sample competition quality barbecue.  But, please, be courteous.  If you aren’t completely stuffed on samples, some of the best barbecue vendors in the country are available to serve some downright tasty food.  If you leave the Jack hungry, it’s your own fault!

Judging Insight

Another unique aspect of this competition is that all of the judging takes place in an open air pavilion complete with bleacher seating for spectators.  This allows the public to get a glimpse of how the judging process works and sneak peeks at the ways that teams present their entries.  It gets especially entertaining during the dessert turn-in, with multitudes of elaborately created desserts.  Often international teams will decorate their entries to represent their countries, giving this contest a level of opulence and flair rarely seen at a barbecue competition!

See the Square

The focus is on the contest and the barbecue.  However, don’t forget to check out the town square.  Located just a stone’s throw from the competition, the square includes the Lynchburg Hardware Store.  Anything Jack related can be found in this two-story shop of logo’d goodies!

Do the Tour

Get over to the visitor’s center and sign up to take a tour of the distillery.  You’ll be glad you did.  If at all possible, request a gentleman named David Roper (lovingly known as Porky to his friends) to be your tour guide.  While his tours may be longer, they are also the most entertaining.  Unfortunately, the Jack Daniels distillery is located in a dry county.  So the only thing you’ll be tasting at the end of the tour is some homemade lemonade.

Don’t Stress the Crowds

Everyone in the area understands the magnitude of this event.  Luckily shuttles are organized to transport you from the high school and other large lots on the town edges into the heart of Lynchburg, TN.

Huge THanks

I want to give a big thank you to Rod Gray of Pellet Envy who passed this information on to me.  As many of you know, Pellet Envy is one of the premier teams on the competition BBQ circuit.  They have amassed over 60 grand championships, been a top nationally ranked team for the last eight years, and have participated in the Jack five times since the team’s inception in 2001.

Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main in Waxhaw, NC

First off, I owe a great big thank you to my wonderful wife!  This contest fell on our wedding anniversary, and she was still okay with me going to judge.  She rocks!!

A few weeks ago, I was judging at the Sam’s Club contest in Greensboro, NC.  During the break between the judges’ meeting and the start of the judging, we were approached and asked if we wanted to judge a competition on the 9th of October in Waxhaw, NC (about 30 minutes from the Charlotte city limits).  I submitted my application, and before I know it I was in!

Sixteen teams competed in the professional division, while seven teams competed in the backyard division.  This contest was the first contest that I have experienced where there was not 100% KCBS certified judges.  The table I sat at had a 50/50 split of certified judges and non-certified judges.  It made for a very interesting dynamic.  I also had the pleasure of having George Goodyear as my table captain for this competition.  As Kevin Sandridge of BBQSmokerSite.com got to experience first hand at a competition in Salisbury, NC, George is a vast wealth of BBQ knowledge and experience and did a superb job as our table captain.

As for the event itself, it was very well organized and put together.  The venue for the contest was right in the middle of downtown Waxhaw, a very picturesque and cute downtown area.  If I wasn’t on a schedule and forced to depart early, I could’ve explored the downtown area.  The contest itself was in its second year, but this year was the first as a KCBS sanctioned contest.  It was very well organized.  So to everyone who was involved with organizing the contest, thank you!

Taking Grand Champion at Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main was Uncle Mac’s BBQ Crue, with Palmetto Smokehouse taking Reserve Grand Champion.  The full results of the contest can be found on the KCBS website.

Below are a few pictures I was able to capture from the venue.  Hope you enjoy them!

Contest Bites: KLB “That’s Good Mustard” BBQ Sauce Giveaway

This evening, I came across a tweet in my Twitter feed from Kevin Bobo of KLB’s BBQ Sauce promoting a giveaway of his “That’s Good Mustard” BBQ Sauce!  I was lucky enough to win a bottle in his last giveaway, and I wanted to let you know about this one.

"That's Good Mustard"

"That's Good Mustard"

Now I have not tried the sauce yet, but it is on my immediate “must try” list as soon as I get the opportunity.  I’ve also read nothing but good things about the sauce, as you can see from my good friend Wilfred Reinke’s review of the sauce.

So how do you enter?  It’s super simple.  Just go the Facebook page for KLBFoods LLC, the company behind KLB’s BBQ Sauce, and click the “Like” button at the top of the page.  Yep, it’s that easy.  One winner will be chosen at random to receive a free 17 oz. bottle of his sauce.

Let Kevin know that Big Wayner sent you.  Good luck!!

Checking out The SKrAPr GrILLr, Plus a Contest

Sometime back, I started hearing about this new BBQ & grill cleaning tool on Twitter.  Not too long after, Annette Penney — director of social media marketing for The SKrAPr — contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out this tool.  I’m always looking to try out new tools and gadgets, so how could I refuse?  So ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The SKrAPr GrILLr!



The BBQ tool is about 8 1/2 inches long from the handle to the farthest tip of the blade.  The blade itself is just over 2 inches long, and as you can see, each side of the blade is notched with one side of the blade coming to a hard point.  The package also came with a GrILLr Jr., a minature all-metal version of the tool that is sized to fit on a keychain.

I can hear some people asking, “Why should I replace my grill brush with this?”  And the answer is, you shouldn’t.  This tool is not meant to replace your grill brush.  It’s intended to complement the grill brush by giving you a durable blade to help remove that crud from your grill grates that is insanely hard to remove.  As you can see in the pictures below, the notched sides come in really handy when cleaning those tight spots.

Using the notches

Using the notch to clean

The result that I found in using this tool is that it’s a great supplement to a grill brush.  The notched edges really allowed me to get in the nooks and crannies of the grill.  One thing that I will note is that the tool is meant to be used on a cold grill.

The website for The SKrAPr line of products is http://www.theskrapr.com.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.  A huge thank you goes to Annette Penney for reaching out to me and asking me to try out this tool.

Like this product so far?  I have an extra GrILLr that I will be giving away!  Just leave me a comment below.  You can tell me why you deserve to win this prize, you can tell me a funny joke…  heck, you can even beg!  I’ll pick a winner at random.  Contest ends Saturday at 11:59pm EST.

Mmmmm chili cook-off…

Earlier this week, my good friend Cyndi Allison of Yes You Can Grill asked me if I would be willing to be a judge this weekend for a chili cook-off.  Of course!  I would be more than happy to do so.  Nevermind that I had never ever judged a chili contest in my life.  I figured my experience as a BBQ judge would benefit me in how I approach this.

The contest was this past Saturday (October 1st) at the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business at Catawba College.  A total of 14 teams participated in 2 different divisions, with the top 3 teams in each division receiving trophies.  There was also a People’s Choice aspect to the contest, with the winner receiving a quesadilla maker and an engraved platter.

I had a great time here at the event.  The event organizers did a wonderful job with managing this inaugural event.  We judges (all three of us) were all presented with some tasty chili to taste and definitely left with a full stomach.  I was very honored to be asked to participate in this inaugural event and would be honored to do so again next year.

Below are some photos from the event.  Some of the photos are courtesy of Cyndi Allison.  Enjoy!!

Best Of: Pigskin Edition

Fall has arrived!  Cooler temperatures are here, but that doesn’t mean the end of BBQ for this year.  In fact, it continues on stronger.  Here are some tidbits to keep you occupied while you cheer your team on to victory!

  • Southern Soul Barbeque is teaming up with Kevin’s BBQ Joints to give three lucky winners a four-pack of their small batch craft BBQ sauce.  Contest information can be found here.
  • Check out this tasty sounding recipe for Smoked Mac ‘n Cheese published on BBQ Smoker Site, courtesy of Hanneke Eerden of The Dutchess Cooks!
  • With the weather cooling off, chili is becoming the meal of choice.  Check out this chili recipe published courtesy of Lea Richards of Pig of the Month BBQ.
  • Here’s an article about the Biker, Blues, & BBQ Festival as well as a recap of the contest written by Cyndi Allison.
Enjoy!  Let me know if I missed something noteworthy that should go on here.

A Couple of Contests…

We’ve all made it halfway through the week!  WOOHOO!!  To help you get through the rest of the week, here’s the scoop on some contests currently going on…

  • Kevin’s BBQ Joints has partnered up with Southern Soul Barbeque in St. Simon’s Island, GA to give away three sets of their BBQ sauces to celebrate their release to market!  You can enter this giveaway here.
  • Wanted to try Pig of the Month BBQ but haven’t had a chance?  There is currently a giveaway going on right now on Susan’s Disney Family.
  • And, as always, BBQ Sauce Reviews has their Free Sauce Friday’s.  This week the giveaway will feature Oregon Dan’s BBQ Sauce.  Visit Brian’s site at http://www.bbqsaucereviews.com on Friday for details!
Let me know if I missed your contest, and I’ll gladly add it!