Man, it's a lot of work.
Our first competition of the year is next weekend, so we've been busy getting ready.
While we think we have a pretty good plan in place, we won't really know how everything works until we do a test cook. We do this to simulate a real competition environment and to work out the kinks and fine tune the Smoke Freaks operation.
The test cook: setting up our cook site as we would at a competition, managing our timing to hit all 4 turn-in times and presenting our best pieces to eager judges.
Even though the test cook will take place in the driveway, we won't be ducking in the house if it rains or using the dishwasher or enjoying any of those other "luxuries."
We always learn a ton from our test cooks so this weekend we're going to do a double. That's 2 full days of cooking with 2 days of turn-in to judges. Our first double-header competition EVER is in just 4 weeks at Lambeau Field so we really, really need this test cook.
Smoke Freaks will be rolling smoke soon!
Some describe professional BBQ competitions as "camping with a purpose." We agree, except the food is better.
Taste the Freakage!
Ann is Co-Founder and Pitmaster for Smoke Freaks. She loves being the Head Cook and and has fallen head over heels in love with Pork.