It was a picture perfect day on Sept. 11 in
Grand Junction, CO as 49 teams gathered at the 2010 Pork & Hops
Challenge. Skys were clear and the temperature was in the upper 70s.
Competition was fierce as some of the top competition BBQ teams in the
country were there
to compete for a piece of the $20,000+ in prize money. The venue is one
of the best of any contest in the country, located in a beautiful,
grassy, tree shaded park.
We were more than a
little nervous competing in this field of seasoned BBQ cooks since this
was only our second time to cook on our brand new Pitmaker BBQ Vault
We just picked it up in Houston two weeks before and
cooked on it once at a contest in Parker,CO. We shouldn't have been
nervous, though, because the insulated BBQ Vault smoker chugged right
along through the chilly night. The BBQ Vault came through for us and we
placed 9th in chicken, 6th in ribs, 5th in pork, 5th in brisket and 3rd
overall. Congratulations to 4 Legs Up for winning Grand Champion for
the 2nd year in a row, and McFrankenboo BBQ, who came all the way from
Phoenix, for their Reserve Champion finish.
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