On September 11th, 2010 Jim and I competed in our fourth Forest Park Ribfest Cook Off and had a great time. We came in fourth this year, after coming in third last year. I’m hoping that it’s not a trend. Personally, I think the ribs we handed in for Judging were slightly under cooked, where as the earlier batches came out perfect. It is what you make it out to be.
Most importantly we had a great time and fed a bunch of people!
Smoking meat is relatively easy. You take Meat, you add fire, and cook till tender. The fun comes with how you do it. The winning team this year, Don Cheval and the Forest Park Firemen, used a Weber Kettle Grill. We are lucky to use a Southern Pride smoker. Our unit is just slightly smaller than what you might find in many BBQ Joints. There were smokers and grills at the Ribfest in every size, shape, and configuration. Some were homemade and some were professional grade.
It doesn’t matter what kind of cooker you use, if you don’t put a product that you believe in, into it. I know our ribs are the best ribs. Mr Cheval just made a rib that was better. We were lucky to compete right next to him.