2009 Competitions Page
What a great contest!! The weather was awful and Little Rock is not very close to Baltimore, but we had a great time. We were out in the Midwest doing some catering in the St. Louis area and decided to add the short 6 hour hike to Little Rock to see how we would do against some of the best cooks in the country and try and get a piece of the $50k in prize money. We arrived past our allotted entry time but still managed to sneak our way in with the 1pm group, so we took that as a good omen! With rain closing in, we setup in record time (thanks to Diva Q for the extra 2 feet of space). It truly was a thing of beauty to see Mutha Chicken jackknife the trailer into our spot so we didn’t need to unhook it. We got lucky and the rain didn’t move in till the evening, but we had no worries with the backwoods and the guru taking care of business. Although cold, the rain stopped and we got our entries together and turned in. When the smoke cleared we were 10th out of 132 teams and the 18 hour ride home went much quicker knowing we held our own. Now that were are warmed up, Salisbury can’t come soon enough!
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Another beautiful weekend on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Salisbury. A total of 95 teams came out to compete at one of the largest contests east of the Mississippi. 3 Eyz had the full team together, as well as several of our friends helping out. We did the normal categories, as well as dessert, anything butt, and whole hog. Dan Mc fired up his new Meadow Creek hog cooker and wound up getting 2nd place!! We finished 13th overall, with a 5th place in brisket and 10th place in ribs. We also got a chance to try out the new BBQ Guru Cyber-Q, which worked awesome. Congrats to Steve and the crew from I Smell Smoke!! on winning the contest and George and the gang from Who Are Those Guys?? for winning MD state champ.
Dan Mc preparing the whole hog and perhaps his next victim
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3 Eyz competed in this local contest, held at Galvinell's butcher shop (We are pleased to announce that Galvinell's is also one of our spice rub retailers). The contest featured 25 local teams. 3 Eyz finished 3rd place overall!!
Ahhhh, competition time. Nothing like standing in a field with NO cover when you have an announcer informing you of a funnel cloud right? But, no harm no foul and once the storm passed things went well. A big thank you to VA BBQ Pirates for helping out delivering garnish and to Rick Holian for the assistance. Get this....the one and only Bill Small was our runner for the event, certainly thanks goes out to him too. All this help paid off with a 2nd place call in ribs (thanks again to our spice rub!) and 3rd overall. We missed our 1st ever RGC by fractions of a point to our sponsor the BBQ Guru. We'll be back for this one, loved the carnival atmosphere. Oh, and the Wailers played too, pretty cool!
Samurai Dan is Back!!!
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Charter Tech's Art of BBQ, Atlantic City, NJ (June 5th-6th)
3 Eyz returned to the site of our Grand Championship win in 2008 just outside of Atlantic City, NJ. After a barrage of rain on Friday, nicer weather prevailed on Saturday. We were hoping to defend our win last year against 19 other teams. While we didn't defend, we were very happy to have won our first Reserve Grand Championship (2nd place overall). We also finished 1st place in ribs using our 3 Eyz BBQ spice rub that recently won 1st place in Kansas City. Overall, we had a very solid cook. No time to catch our breath, the next contest is a week away!
Dan H winning the battle of the Samurai Chefs
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Lets start with the good. Our very first EVER qualifying contest win. WoooHooo, Jack draw baby! And with a field of 48 teams it wasn't an easy victory. Our 22nd place pork didn't help, but two 1st place awards are a definite pick me up. Also, need to plug our 3 Eyz BBQ spice rub again as we used it on chicken AND ribs at this one, love that stuff! And the conditions, uggghhh. The comp started out so well, and to be honest the organizer did a great job. BUT heavy rain with a sealed ground really leads to miserable muddy conditions. Thanks to Sal for the shovel to dig the drainage ditch. We owe ya buddy :)
The Dan's with the hardware
With Dan fresh off the plane from Germany, 3 Eyz once again threw there lot into the MIM world, along with the standard KCBS categories. A total of 48 teams showed up to compete on Pennsylvania avenue in downtown DC. Always a cluster to get in at midnight on Friday, this one didn't disappoint. When all was said and done, the team did well, but was a bit taken a back by our 20th place ribs. Oh well, maybe next time!
Great contest! I highly recommend this venue. Bill Small and Small Country Campground pour their heart and soul into this event and it shows. Word of mouth and some exceptional advertising has yielded a contest with 54 teams. This contest was unique for us as we had a film crew (dM productions) following us around and documented the competition. After a rocky start, Dan finally settled in and we hope that we'll end up with some interesting TV from them. Our food was ok and I think I agree with the judges on this one. If we want to win, we have to do better. Special thanks goes to Dan's parents for showing up to cheer the team on.
Dan & Tracy Walking for 4th place ribs
After almost a month layover, it was time for our local competition and a field of 52 teams. Dan and Tracy set up on Thursday night for the very first time. It paid off with another RGC and 1st place in ribs (guess what we used?, yep.... 3 Eyz BBQ spice rub :)! The team was really riding high after this competition and it was great to celebrate with our sponsors the BBQ Guru after they won their second GC. Two weeks off and its time for New Holland, always a great, but tough contest.
76 teams showed up at New Holland Park near Lancaster, PA. As usual Melvin and crew put on a great contest and made all the teams feel at home. Of course, it rained again which really hurt the park and the vendors. The field just got tore up and muddy, but the organizers distributed hay to help out. The rains stopped overnight and didn't pick up again until after turn ins so it could have been worse for sure. Dan H had the help of Dave (Smokin_Geek) on the MABA forum and the VA BBQ Pirates. With their help, the team managed to get another Reserve Grand Championship! Another 2 weeks off and onto WV....
Dan H and Dave with RGC trophy (Thanks for the pic Andy!)
Another comp completed and in the books. This year a total of 49 teams showed up to compete in the West Virginia State Championship. Boy did we luck out in the weather department as it was cloudy and cool but just to our east it rained both days. The crowds were out on Saturday and the rub was flying off the shelf thanks to everyone pitching in to sell it. Everything turned out pretty good and the 3 Eyz team had a total of four walks to the stage. The Brisket? Well, it was good, but the judges must have been full already ;) Special thanks to the guys over at the Dizzy Pig camp for the hospitality and to Rick with CatSass BBQ helping out all weekend!
Will - Happy with the Hardware!
First year festival and the folks running this one did a great job. I look for this one to grow as its in a good location with space aplenty. The weather was awesome and the results for us were just as good. Special thanks to the folks at Gooney Creek BBQ for organizing a pot luck dinner on Friday night that was very tasty.
Chris Hall (Big Ugly's BBQ) and Dan H accepting the GC
Thanks to Tom Adams (VA BBQ Pirates) for pic
Dover, DE = wind, rain and cold. At least that's the case every year so far. This year we had our best finish ever at Dover with RGC honors out of an 80 team field. The neat thing was that TLC was filming a show here and we managed to beat all the "big boys". Now, that's probably a temporary thing as I'm willing to bet that Cool Smoke, Jacks Old South and others will manage to beat our butts again. But for now, its pretty cool. Now its time to pack up again and head south to TN!
Close up of the bling. That's a working slot machine BTW!
Wow, talk about one tough field of competitors. 80 Grand Champion teams showed up in Lynchburg for the 21st annual Jack Daniels World Championship. Dan Mc and Dan H drove down overnight on Wednesday and Jason and Wayne flew in on Thursday to get things rolling. Special thanks to Daniel on the brethren forum for helping with blocker duties! We left with a Jack trophy (ribs), so mission accomplished for our first time at this event. The $700+ dollars in spice rub sales eased the long ride home too :) Overall a great time!!
Jason, Dan H and Wayne with Dan Mc (in front of this pic) leading the parade
Dan Mc, Dan H and Jason with the goods
107 of the best competition cooks in the country showed up at Talladega super speedway to compete for $50k. Dan H and Chris from Big Ugly made the road trip down for what was the last competition of the season for the team. We ended up with only 1 call for 7th place ribs (3 Eyz Spice rub hits again!) but then got 7th place overall! Our consistency really paid off. Conditions were challenging and Dan suggested calling in the Mud-A-Que in the future. Next stop - North Little rock Arkansas in March - the first ever $100k comp!