2008 Competitions Page
We were very eager to start off the 2008 season after what seemed like a long break (since October). 3 Eyz was joined by a fellow cooker (Dan M. aka Mutha Chicken) who brought along a pig cooker, alot of energy, and great company. Dan M. cooked his first competition whole hog and wound up in 5th place out of 14 teams. A great job since he beat some experiences whole hog cookers! Dan M. also helped us out with the other categories, including the Anything Butt and Purdue Chicken categories. We are looking forward to having him join us in Danville in May! Overall, we thought we cooked some good food, and scored a 4th in Ribs out of more than 80 teams! I've said it often, but using our 3 Eyz BBQ Spice rub is starting to be a secret (shhh, don't tell anyone) weapon! Our other scores weren't so good and made us just eager to get to Danville and improve on them. Weather was fantastic and the competition was well run as usual. See ya at the next one!!!!
Jason and Dan with the 4th place Ribs Trophy
(Thanks to Bill the Grill Guy for the photo)
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After hearing great things about this event, we decided to make the 6-7 hour drive down south to check out this competition. Once again, Dan M. joined us for the cook. Erik from White Dog BBQ made the trip down as well to hang out with us. We cooked what we thought was really good BBQ, but the judges didn't quite see it that way. We finished in the middle of the pack of some good teams. A total of 54 teams were there. The venue was great with plenty of shade, large spaces, and friendly/helpful people. Unfortunately, we didn't take pictures at this event, so not much to show.
Charter Tech's Art of BBQ, Atlantic City, NJ (May 30th-31st)
Dan was once again joined by Dan M. for this contest, as Jason was up north visiting family. The result: GRAND CHAMPION!!!! 3 Eyz scored a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the 4 KCBS categories. The win helped us get some funds to help with some purchases and get us geared up for the season.
Dan and Dan with the Check for Grand Champions
BBQ on the Farm, Yardley, PA (June 7th-8th)
No long winded write up for this one. It was HOT!, really Hot. We’re talking extreme heat warning hot with ridiculous humidity. 16th overall was just fine given that it was hard enough to just drink enough water to remain standing. Dan was solo on Friday for this one and was able to get Will to come up for some much needed turn in help, but we forgot pics. Doh!
3 Eyz joined forces with good friends of ours from the Pigs On The Run competition team to compete in this event. The event featured the standard KCBS contest on Saturday and a Memphis in May (MIM) contest on Sunday. An added twist to the KCBS event was that turn-ins were approximately 6 hours later than normal. We had a solid outing finishing 6th overall out of 38 teams, inclduing a 3rd in pork, a 5th in chicken, and a 5th in ribs. The MIM contest is a slightly different format where teams may elect to cook one or all of the following categories: pork shoulder, pork ribs, and whole hog. The main difference in the MIMs versus KCBS is that judges come to your site to do judging where you must have a nice presentation and be able to talk with the judges about your technique, spices, marinades, sauces, etc. Also, the top three in each category move to the finals, where a team of judges come to your site for judging. The top overall score from any of the categories is crowned the winner. It was the first time that 3 Eyz had done this type of event, and the guys from Pigs on the Run steered the boat for us.3 Eyz did very respectable in finishing 1st in the preliminary round for our pork shoulder, which landed us in the finals. We wound up third in the finals, which was a great thrill for us! A HUGE thanks to John, Brian, Mark, and David from Pigs on the Run for their guidance, cooking, and company.
Dan collecting one of our awards (Thanks Bill!!)
Chesapeake Bay BBQ Cookoff, Stevensville MD (July 25th-26th)
3 Eyz was happy to return back to the competition scene after a month and a half layoff. We were also hoping to defend our title from last year as the grand champion from 2007. Battling some extenuating circumstances (Dan with the flu and Jason with some family matters), we pushed through and also battled a new cooker in competition. Although we didn't repeat as champions, we did finish 5th overall out of 29 teams to keep our top 10 streak going. We also finished 2nd in ribs and 5th in brisket. More importantly, we learned alot of valuable lessons about the new cooker and hope that it will pay off at the next one!
3 Eyz was looking forward to doing our 2nd cook on our new Backwoods. We were once again joined by Dan M. and were visited by several friends during the event. The weather was amazing and the field was filled with alot of great teams. We finished a very respectable 10th overall out of 51 teams, including a 2nd place in chicken. A huge congrats to our friends the BBQ Guru for their 1st Grand Championship. These guys have been cooking great and have come very close several times.
On a cool crisp day Dan, Dan Mc, and Jason set out for New Holland PA. They arrived early and got set up only to realize that Dan Mc left some important parts of the cooker at home. And thus set off a chain of events that would make New Holland 08 a memorable competition. Upon having all of the required set up, Dan H got to prepping all the KCBS meats. Dan Mc got to work on all the ancillary turn ins with a lot of help from Jason. The first turn in was sausage, we did a stuffed sausage with peppers and onions, Lots of cheese and a liberal dosing of the infamous 3 Eyz rub. The attempt was to make the sausage appear to look like a chicken turn in, Well it work. The KCBS rep came running to the camp and exclaimed “3 Eyz you have turned in your chicken” In unison the 3 Eyz camp exclaimed “no we didn’t” It was a great laugh. They then moved on to the most exciting category, “Chef’s Choice” Dan Mc prepared, under direct orders from Dan H., A bacon cup dipped in chocolate, Filled with crème Brule and topped with a raspberry chocolate mouse, with chopped Macadamia Nuts. What a wonderful taste. Upon getting our results, Dan Mc asked “well how’d we do?” Well let’s just say out of the 45 teams that turned in, there are 10 teams that got spanked! Next for the KCBS event, Dan H went to work taking over the reigns of the crew. He put together some amazing boxes with Jason by his side, prepping all the boxes. Pulling out an amazing 6th in Ribs, Well we hadn’t won the day. But it was an exceptional field with over 72 of the best teams on the east Coast competing. The last event of the day was Whole Hog, With Dan Mc bringing in his cooker. We turned in our Box and too our amazement, we placed 2nd. Beating some of the top Hog cookers in the area. A pleasant smile was reportedly seen on Dan Mc’s face. Although he denies it! All in All, 3 Eyz had an exceptional day, we hadn’t achieved our goal of winning the GC, but the battle has just begun. Already looking forward to the next comp. We’ll see you guy’s at the next one. In scenic WV.
Write-up by Keith Bailey
What can one say about a beautiful venue, good neighbors, good company, good music (satellite and iPod) and on-site electricity and water? I sure hope it doesn’t rain. Oops!! 3 Eyz braved the impending storm, just as 45 other teams and scores of vendors did, and participated in the 2nd Annual Pickin’ in the Panhandle in picturesque Hedgesville, West Virginia. Guest cooker Keith Bailey (Smokey Bottom Boys, Porkers in Paradise) tagged along with pitmaster Dan Hixon and supplied some kitchen help as well as the canopy protection, which helped to keep the team dry during the Saturday morning deluge, and 35th place pork. At least he learned well!!! Cooking for the first tome without his reliable WSM’s, Dan used the Backwoods Party’s (shameless plug, send money) and turned in another supreme performance in turning out some award winning BBQ, finishing 7th overall amongst a strong field of competitors littered with former Grand Championship winners.
Write-up pending.. In the meantime, check out a blog from George from Who Are Those Guys? BBQ team, who helped us cook the event.
Dan & George (Who Are Those Guys?)
For many BBQ teams in the Mid-Atlantic Dover means wind, rain, cold and a good time. Well, that about sums it up for the 2008 event. We managed to get a great spot by the turn in tent, but it left us open to the elements. No downpours or huge wind gusts this time, just a kind of cold, windy fall day. We had great neighbors though, being sandwiched between Butt A Bing and Habanero Hog. Thankfully, we were far away from Mutha Chicken but he found us anyway!! When the dust cleared, we had a fantastic finish in a very tough field (78 teams) that made the ride home a good one.
We like this comp. Has a smaller feel even though there were 29 teams present. Had Dan H, Mutha Chicken and Keith from Smokey Bottom Boys make the trip down and boy did we have a great time. Ask any of us about the "lava cakes" and your bound to get a great story. And about Keith's anything but entry, it looked awesome! For KCBS, 4th overall after NO calls, quite a pleasant surprise, INDEED!