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KimG SOW
09-22-2011, 05:11 PM
Thought I would start this thread during the 6 hour long drive to western KS. After the Flint Hills it is very boring! :(

For those that aren't familiar with the AR, it is the largest bbq event in the world. It consists of 2 contests in the same weekend, the Invitational and the Open. This year there are about 165 teams in the Invite and 520 teams in the Open.

This is the first year for the BPS Team to compete. SOW Team has cooked it for 5 yrs but this our second year to cook in the Invitational.

We are very excited to have the BPS Team in KC. Can't wait to see you guys! :)

Rip
09-22-2011, 06:05 PM
Sounds like a great time! I'm trying to figure out a way to drop by, couldn't be a worse weekend for me....nevertheless, efforting!

KimG SOW
09-22-2011, 07:13 PM
Just fly into KC's downtown airport RIP!

Candy Sue
09-23-2011, 08:11 AM
Wow! It's up to 520! BBQr's Delight cooked it first in 2009 because I qualified for the invitational. It was such a good time (and good for business!) that I'm back for the 3rd year, just cooking the open and all the sides.

KimG SOW
09-23-2011, 09:36 AM
Wow! It's up to 520! BBQr's DeliDght cooked it first in 2009 because I qualified for the invitational. It was such a good time (and good for business!) that I'm back for the 3rd year, just cooking the open and all the sides.

Let me know if you any unofficial judges for those sides. ;)

Candy Sue
09-23-2011, 10:39 AM
You come on by after turn in. I'll make sure I have a Jack Daniel's trifle for you after dessert. No judging necessary

Big Poppa
09-23-2011, 11:09 AM
Im looking forward to getting our butts handed to us!

sparky
09-24-2011, 08:23 AM
Im looking forward to getting our butts handed to us!

i don't think so. you have a solid team and you know how to win. come on now, lets see some of that bbq meanness. arhhhhh.....:cool:

TentHunter
09-24-2011, 08:38 AM
I wish the best for SOW, BPS & Candy Sue! I wish I could be there to cheer you all on.

Big Poppa
09-24-2011, 08:43 AM
Fake humility spark....seriousl;y this invitational is the toughest field in bbq so we are just going top try to be prepared and execute and pray at awards.

HoDeDo
09-25-2011, 04:30 PM
Sparky... At 150+ teams usually, the invitational is a BEAR. I cooked 1st place pork the year Todd and I cooked it together and I about died. Getting a call there (keep in mind you have 150 judges at tables too, so that is alot of judging variation) is HUGE! Everyone cooking is a grand champ.

The next day at the Open is really crazy.... all the invitational folk, plus 400 other of your closest friends. (yes, 500 judges too!!!)
there can be 8 way ties! in multiple places.... it is totally nuts. If you cook good, and the tables are lucky for you, and the stars align.... then you can win!!! We cooked the same food the last several years there, and were RGC in the open (with 3 calls) and have goose egged the open. (and were super happy to be in the top 20%.) So while skill is a necessity, luck has to be there too. I hope the BPS boys have both this coming weekend. I heard some 73 yr old was gonna duct tape BP to chair and carry him to his first awards. I'm switzerland in this thing :) I'd love to see the guys take THAT stage walk though. pretty humbling getting cheered on by everyone. It's a feeling you cant describe looking back at everyone in Hale Arena.

Deb
09-25-2011, 05:09 PM
Good luck BPS, SOW and Candy!

sparky
09-25-2011, 06:28 PM
Good luck BPS, SOW and Candy!

I agree. Good luck to all y'all. :)

Candy Sue
09-25-2011, 06:52 PM
I sure hope yesterday's GC got you thinking winner, winner, winner! The Royal is an event like none other. My goal is to make first page of results somewhere in the open. Got to say, though it's pretty exciting to be there regardless. Where else can you socialize with so many barbequers in one place?

Big Poppa
09-25-2011, 07:16 PM
We are happy to have qualified and will just try to do our best

Yesterdays gc qualified us for next years.

We hope the momentum of last weeks r g c followed by this weeks gc will keep us just from embarrassing ourselves

For those of you who don't know. I don't ever go to the awards. Never seen one. That makes the BBQ guys scratch their heads...Johnny Trigg is who Andy was referring to with the duct taping me to a chair. He says he will physically force me to go

Johnny hasnbeen wonderful to me and the boys as he calls the rest of the team. he got us a premium spot next to him at the royal. Something a first timer never gets

KimG SOW
09-26-2011, 05:01 AM
Yeah..... the rest of the new timers are at the back of the 'dark side' and have a 7-8 minute walk to turn-in. LOL! See you guys soon!!!

Candy Sue
09-26-2011, 07:50 AM
Heck! You're not alone in that -- first year at the Royal, I left after last open turn-in. I was all the way back to Arkansas before the awards ended (that's 3.5 hours). May do that again this year actually! Kim and Andy can talk about calls in the Open -- I just want to make the 1st page of results -- Really! Though you really shoud go to the awards sometime.

Being able to be the first out is one advantage of being closest to the gate. May even beat Ronnie and Michelle Wade out the parking lot!

firehouse_bbq
09-26-2011, 02:19 PM
Yes, good luck to you guys, cant wait to see the pics!



Good luck BPS, SOW and Candy!

CarterQ
09-26-2011, 02:26 PM
Should be awesome, enjoy the experience and soak it all in. Good luck to all of our PelletSmoking.com friends!

scooter
09-27-2011, 09:59 PM
Will be thinking of all of you this weekend! May your cooker temps stay steady, your seasonings infuse, your timing be impecable and all your categories stay warm and hit the right tables!

Big Poppa
09-28-2011, 05:45 AM
Im getting excited! Going to be a blast either way!

KimG SOW
09-28-2011, 06:58 AM
Weather is looking AWESOME!!! Can't believe it!! This is like 3 or 4 years in a row with GREAT weather. Slight chance of showers tomorrow, but other than that Highs in the upper 70s with lows in the 50's. PERFECT!!!

squirtthecat
09-28-2011, 07:00 AM
Next year I have to reserve some vacation time to make it to this. It's 300 miles from my driveway..

Rip
09-28-2011, 10:29 AM
OK, I'm in! I have Friday off, driving down whenever Andy will have me...I have to be back home by noon Saturday :( (so like BP, my never attends awards record will stay intact :) )

And yes, I will take pics! Looking forward to seeing the SOW and Moo Cow teams again and meeting BP and the gang, and wow, seems like the whole BBQ who's who will be there!

CarterQ
09-28-2011, 05:54 PM
Very cool Rip can't wait to see the pics and hear the stories!

HoDeDo
09-29-2011, 08:17 AM
OK, I'm in! I have Friday off, driving down whenever Andy will have me...I have to be back home by noon Saturday :( (so like BP, my never attends awards record will stay intact :) )

And yes, I will take pics! Looking forward to seeing the SOW and Moo Cow teams again and meeting BP and the gang, and wow, seems like the whole BBQ who's who will be there!

Rip - I have a wristband for you, so come anytime you want on Friday. We'll have a packed house! We may have bodies all over the floor and truck cab!

And yes, 520 of your closest BBQ friends :) Lots of folks there from all over!

Rip
10-01-2011, 12:19 PM
Well, it was a whirlwind 24 hours, but I'm back home now from the Royal...WOW! What an adventure! By now the turn in's for the Invitational are complete and Andy, Kim, and the BPS tream will be focussing on their prep for the Open, (turn in's tomorrow).

Results for the invitational will be out soon!!

I took a ton of pictures and will try to get them posted soon, probably tomorrow AM. Thanks again, Kim, Andy, Sterling, Jody, Joe, and Brad!

firehouse_bbq
10-01-2011, 08:47 PM
Hey All,

here are the results for the Royal Invitational.

BPS-33rd Overall
4th in Chicken-AWESOME
11th in Ribs!
104th in Pork
90th in Brisket

The boys should be very proud, they did a great job in a field of 140 of the BEST bbq teams.

here is a link to the complete results:
Kansas City Barbeque Society (http://www.kcbs.us/events.php?year=2011&month=9&id=3128)

Memphis
10-05-2011, 02:06 PM
Hey Big Poppa,
It was nice to see you and the crew again at the Royal. Thanks for the hospitality and for introducing us to Trigg!

Big Poppa
10-05-2011, 09:03 PM
Yeah Im glad that other forum let you out for a half hour! reeat seeing you guys!

Matt Dalton
10-06-2011, 02:11 PM
Great job guys!..that's a kick ass first time at the biggest comp ever!..hey Sterling I need a security guard..or maybe I could be yours!..haha..hope this makes you laugh!..love you guys!

Big Poppa
10-06-2011, 02:42 PM
Matt that was so funny the wife had a telephoto lense and was waiting for Johnny to foil his ribs...Do you think if I was rude to your woman that I would be standing? hahahaha

Matt Dalton
10-06-2011, 03:01 PM
Matt that was so funny the wife had a telephoto lense and was waiting for Johnny to foil his ribs...Do you think if I was rude to your woman that I would be standing? hahahaha

Nope!..you'd be on your back possibly missing a few teeth too!..j/k..your one of the coolest guys I've ever met in my life..some people just don't get how serious and passionate we all are..oh well screw em!..and tell Johnny the boys from LeftCoast got his back anyday!