Sunday, August 26, 2007

BBQ at Boone Hall

The Rig for the Blackjack Barbecue team

The Six Year Old and I hit the Southern National BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival at Boone Hall yesterday. For the barbecue fan, the festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event and drew dozens of professional and amateur team for the chicken, ribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket contests. For the music lover, there was a steady stream of bluegrass bands playing from an old stage. And, for the fathers of Six Year Olds, there were ideal festival conditions: a beer truck and three jump castles.

A Few Finishing Touches

Competitors Delivering their Entries to the Judges' Tent

We started off with a little quality time at the jump castles, then got some cold drinks and strolled down the long isle lined with RVs and tents and all the contestants with their barbecue rigs. I got a chopped-pork plate with slaw and baked beans and ate it while the Six Year Old took another turn at the jump castles. Then we sat under the shade of a tree and took in a little bluegrass music.

BBQ Plate

The pork plate was okay, but the real fun started when the MC at the bluegrass stage announced, "there's a rumor that some of the competitors are now sampling." That's the signal I was waiting for. We made the tour of the rigs again, me with a fork and a little paper plate to scarf up the bits of pork shoulder, beef brisket, and chicken that the contestants put out for free. By the time we made it to the end of the aisle, I was starting to limp a little and was halfway into a smoked-meat induced haze. I recovered under the shade of the big oaks while the Six Year Old made one last tour of the jump castles. And then home for a good, long nap.

Sampling: The Best Part of the Day

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Update 8/28: Lowcountry Foodie has some great pictures of the Southern National BBQ Championship, including a chat with Grand Champion Myron Mixon.


Lowcountry Foodie said...

Hi Robert - sorry I missed you at the BBQ event this weekend - I would have loved to have met up with you. Sounds like you and your son had a fantastic time. After spending 7 hours there on Saturday, I had to go home and take a nap too!

Saphyre Rose said...

Unfortunately I didn't know about the festival! *sniff

I had ribs on Saturday night...they were beef ribs and my husband did an excellent job.

BUT! I have been wanting a good pork barbecue! We cannot make it ourselves because I do not have a smoker. A man from Spartanburg told me you cannot make pork barbecue with out a smoker. So that was that for my aspirations of having barbecue anytime I wanted it.

That picture you are showing me makes me want to lick the monitor.
I hope you are happy with the fact you made a grown woman cry.

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