BBQ Tour Stop #15: Worland, WYSeptember 2, 2011
This was the third year that the BBQ Tour has attended the Wyoming State Championship in Worland, Wyoming. Each year the event gets bigger and better. This year instead of a CBJ class, the event offered a cooking class on Thursday, where Scottie Johnson, with Cancer Sucks Chicago, and Mike Wozniak, of QUAU, taught 12-15 locals some competition barbecue techniques.
This was the seventh year for this event and had one of the largest Friday night crowds in their history as the folks in Washakie County came out for some great BBQ and Bluegrass music!
Weeks before the BBQ contest we visited with Warren who was our first year Grillmaster to see if he and his wife Debi would be coming back to Worland. They helped organize the Gillette contest this year and planned to come up. So we came up with a plan to compete, and Red’s Piggy Piggy BBQ was born. Our last cooking competition was Springfield, MO in April so we were just hoping to not come in DAL and we didn’t. I shigged a bit at the cooking class and turned in a 6th place pork while Christine’s BBQ sauce won 2nd place! All in all, we had a great time cooking again.
At every event, we have local folks help pass out samples and this year we had, John, the organizer’s son Nate help us again along with Scottie’s daughters Zoey and Lexi. I had hoped that by keeping the girls busy, they would not have time to “tag” the truck or trailer. Of course they are sneaky as ninja’s and the truck is sporting a nice new ‘Cancer Sucks’ sticker…
On Saturday, at our demonstration, we had a great crowd listening intently to every word and enjoying the food samples that we cooked off the stage. We had a good time with Ed Hunter, who had recently retired from Admiral Beverage the local Pepsi distributor. Ed is the guy who tried to trick me into thinking that we would have to navigate treacherous roads and tunnels to get to Worland, so I was pleased to announce to the crowd that now that Ed was retired, he would be able to partake in his secret obsession of collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia and presented him with a Coke t-shirt. I am thinking he will use it to clean his grill which is OK with me. After putting in 39 years with Pepsi, I am pretty sure he won’t change his ways.
At the awards ceremony, there were quite a few teams that got calls, especially team Side of the Tracks with a first place chicken, first place pork and sixth place rib call but DQ’d their brisket and ended up in last place. Biggin’s BBQ won the brisket category while Burnin Bob’s Butts and Bones won the rib category, Kingsford Points Contest and Grand Championship! Team Enoserve beat out Quau by .0002 for Reserve Grand Champion which just shows you how important every point can be.
Worland is always a good event and Christine and I know that we are always welcome to come back, whether with the tour or on our own!