Memorial Day Photo Contest


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Big Poppa has agreed to judge our upcoming contest for this Memorial Day! We're going to have gift certificate prizes of $15 for Third Place, $20 for Second Place, and $25 for First Place! Since this is a special holiday contest we will also be awarding a $5 gift certificate to everyone who enters!

Most of the standard rules apply (which can be viewed here: )

However we will make a few changes to the rules. First off, the entry period is only from 12:00AM PST through 11:59AM PST on 5/26. Since its not set that we'll have a contest next week the "Winner judges next" rule will not be in effect. Other than those changes the rest of the rules will apply.

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day, and don't forget to thank a veteran or current service member!


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Chili Head

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We had BLT's With ABT's!
The BLT had a spicy mayo sauce made with light mayo and hot sauce. Avacado, lettice and tomato. The ABT's were made with grilled chicken,cheese then wrapped in bacon and dusted with bps jallelujah. Make sure your grease drain isn't clogged before you cook 3 pounds of thick cut bacon! Lesson learned..
Cooked on the MAK 2 star burning oak, cherry and apple.



I hope all had a great holiday today and gave thanks to all our fallen heroes and to those who have and currently serve.
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Ribeyes, blue cheese potatoes, and bacon wrapped scallops

Seasoned the Ribeyes with Tatonka Dust and then onto the pellet grill for 90 mins. with a mix of pecan and apple pellets in the tube smoker.

While the steaks were smoking I started prepping the potatoes and the scallops. The potatoes were a cheat from the store - added some diced up sweet peppers, red onions, butter, and seasoned with BPS Desert Gold.

The scallops I rinsed, patted dry with a paper towel, drizzled some olive oil over the top, seasoned them with Tatonka Dust, and wrapped in some home-made bacon that I pre-cooked a few mins. and secured with a toothpick.

First the potatoes went onto the BGE and grilled indirect with the plate setter until soft. They were then transferred to a preheated oven on warm and topped with blue cheese crumbles.

Turned the BGE up a little more and started the scallops. These were grilled direct flame on the grillgrates.

Turned the BGE up a little more again to sear the steaks.

All done and plated.

Close up shot of the potatoes and scallops. This was the first time cooking these two items. Love the addition of the blue cheese crumbles on the potatoes, it melted perfectly! And the scallops turned out great too - I was very nervous grilling these but they were easy and very tasty!

Close up shot of the steak - a little more done than I like but it was a very good medium steak with great flavor!



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Posted this yesterday but I guess it got lost in the great outage of 2014.

Made some ribs for the first time on the MAK. Butchered them up - my father was a butcher by trade - he would not have been impressed :(


Some Sweet Money!


Added a little Smoke N Cherry smoke.


Onto the smoker at 275.


Before foiling.


Finished with Head Country and Popitude finishing rub.




A little cast iron cornbread.


Some tortellini salad.





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Late entry but the site was down. Just got on. Understand if it doesn't count.

Wife thought this looked good on paper.

Flank steak


Saute up some vegetables and then roll


Then on mak and at end added balsamic glaze.



Then have something I picked up in germany.


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Hi Everyone,

Just a quick update. As you all know the site was down yesterday, our deepest apologies. So, we've extended the entry period until 11:59 tonight Pacific Time. BP will be judging tomorrow, so if you haven't entered anything in the contest now's your time!


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Memorial Day ribs

Memorial Day ribs

Six racks of baby backs from Sams club
On the MAK 2 star with BD Pecan pellets


After three hours @225F, time for some foil love with white wine and garlic



Pour off the liquid from the foil, de-fat and render down to a sauce:

Homemade mac and cheese



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A Memorial Day Pork Shoulder at the camper.

Sriracha as the glue and Money as the rub


at 165 right before foiling.
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It was just my wife and I for the holiday so just some snacks cooked on the MAK...

I saw Harry from slap yo daddy bbq post these on his FB page and I couldn't wait to try my hand at them... Pineapple donuts... And I did some lollipop chicken to go with them. Sorry a few of the pics are a little lacking in the focus department.


The donuts are fairly straight forward to make but a little time consuming but well worth it!

Now the chicken

And everything on the MAK... And finished product

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday


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Sorry I missed out on the contest. Too many other things going on. Thanks to Big Poppa for sponsoring! I hope to get in on the next one.

Looks like a lot of new contestants and some really nice looking cooks!

I gotta know about those donuts... how did they taste?

Well, thanks for sharing, and good luck. Glad I don't have to judge any. The ribs are making me hungry though.


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OK here we go thanks for your patience....very I saide on the drumsmoking thread some of you may have finished higher if you had more pics of the finished food or plated food but here we go

First place

Chili Head....Just liked the BLT and the ABT's with Chicken and deviled eggs
Close second Tatonka it was so close. your steak taters and bacon wrapped scallops were beautiful
THird was too close so Im awarding two thirds....Sodaksmokergolfer Nice lollipops and Harrys donuts!....Fishingbouchman Great and unique flank steak rools you get a third prize too

thank all of you for entering!


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Thanks BP! To echo what everyone else has said all of the food looked wonderful! I am going to have to try those beef rolls! And saxguy I am putting the tortellini salad on the must try list too... Happy smoking and grilling everyone, the season is officially open!


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Quick update: Gift Certificates are on their way, and will be PM'ed to all contestants later today. Thanks to everyone who competed for making this our best Memorial Day Contest yet!


Congrats to Chili!! And to Tonya and to SDSG and FB! Some very nice looking cooks in there!

Thanks BP for providing the stage and trophies!
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