This weekend Kris and I will be competing at The 7th annual Rock'N Ribfest at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Merrimack, NH. This was the first competition that we ever competed in and we have returned every year since. This comp often gets some bad press from other competition teams. The prize money was never that great, it's a little difficult to get in and out of, and sometimes you felt like they just didn't need or want us there. But some of the positives are great power and water, 20' X 40' spots, and a Jack Daniels automatic for the Grand Champion. Also for this year is increased prize money for both the NEBS grilling on Saturday and the KCBS comp on Sunday. The venue is 20 minutes from our house, so it's a no-brainer for us.
As I pack up, trim meat, and talk with other competitors, there seems to be one thing that we all are thinking about: rain! It is absolutely going to rain from Thursday night until Monday. Heavy at times, showers, overcast, cloudy, and damp. But, this is nothing new for any of us. Some of my non-BBQ friends have been asking me "are you still going?" They clearly don't understand the addiction. If we canceled going to BBQ comps because of the rain, we would need to find a different hobby. We don't even need to pack anything extra. We have a bin dedicated for rain gear and Kris and I both have some kick ass waterproof boots. So, let it rain.
Mud Bowl 2006, Merrimack, NH
Check back this weekend for updates, grilling results, and pictures of mud. And if you're in the area please stop by and say hi.