OK, so things have been busy for a bit…

First of all, we wrapped up our summer’s Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce sampling events. Along with a couple of awesome Fourth of July events – an airshow and a full on street festival in Tacoma on the Fourth – we also were able to have an event at the Cheney Jubilee. Sampling there allowed us to compete, which was a blast. It also showed us how out of practice we are.

Since we are out of practice, this upcoming weekend we will be down in Longview, Washington at the Thunder Mountain BBQ Championship working on getting back our mojo. While it is going to be a small event, there are going to be some excellent cooks there, so I’ll feel fortunate if we do well.

Along with all the sampling and competing, we’ve been able to work on our “branding” with a new logo, new gear on the way, and so on.

Wow! A bit of event shuffling…

But we’re all set for the last few weekends of Bull’s-Eye Sauce Sampling!

Here’s the breakdown of where you can find us while you still have a chance:
July 1st we’ll be at the Wings & Wheels event of the Tacoma Freedom Fest.
July 4th we’ll be at the Tacoma Freedom Fest Main Event. Barbecue and Fireworks! How can you get more American than that?
July 7th and 8th we’ll be at the Cascade Country Cook-Off in Chehalis. And we’ll finally get a chance to compete! Looking forward to that. This upcoming weekend we have Saturday off, which is good as I need to knock all the rust and dust off of my competition gear, and make sure everything is squared away for the following weekend. It is definitely going to be a busy week for barbecue, with 4 sampling events in 8 days.
Finally, for July 14th and 15th we’ll be at two different grocery stores to wrap everything up.

Remember to check out the calendar for all of the details!

Fremont Street Fair Next!

No sampling scheduled for the weekend of the ninth…that will give me a chance to mow, clean up the yard, and all that kind if good stuff. Best of all, we’ll be able to spend some time getting ready for the Street Faur.

Lake City Way Fred Meyer Rocks!

Sampled a “butt”-load (you know, like pork butt!) of Bull’s-Eye this last weekend, and left about 5 bottles of KC on the shelf. They loved themselves some BBQ at that store.

Christene and I both went home exhausted!

Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Recap!

Saturday and Sunday’s Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce activations (Fred Meyer and Safeway, respectively) went off well, and a good number of people got the chance to try out the new Regional flavors.  We were joined by the awesome folks from KISW on Sunday, so we also got some great music for a couple of hours.

But the great news of the weekend is that Christene cranked out the butts and brisket for her sister’s 40th birthday party.  It was her first time being completely responsible for the meats, having to trim, season, start the fire, and what-not.  She did an awesome job; the bit of brisket I tried was great!  Oh and the rubs on the meat were really good too… (no shameless self-promotion there!)

Next weekend we’ll be at the Capitol Hill QFC, and Fred Meyer in Kent, working our Bull’s-Eye mojo!

 

Come one, come all…

Competition Results…

So I’d like to make a quick comment about the competition results list.

You may notice that there aren’t any results from 2012. Simply, that is because the one weekend so far this season that we weren’t sampling Bull’s-Eye, we were outside San Jose head judging the CBBQA’s Morgan Hill event.

We figure to be back on the competition circuit in July or August; we already know a couple weekends are booked for catering and head judging.

For me, I’m most looking forward to a “bare bones” competition in the San Jose area in September…more to come on that subject…

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us…

And what a weekend it is! Saffron and I will be cranking out two different retail activations – one Saturday and one Sunday – to get folks geared up for their holiday cookouts. More on those afterwards.

Meanwhile….

It is my sister-in-law Mary’s 40th birthday party Sunday. Since I’ll be busy “saucing up Seattle”, Christene is going to have to man (person? woman?) the 22 in WSM to get the briskets and butts cooked for the party. This will be a new experience for her; the only other time she was responsible for a long cook, I was on hand to help out. She’s seen it done often enough she should do fine, as long as her dad man’s the starter torch.

The University Street Fair – All Porked Out!

This last weekend the Raven’s Fyre Bull’s-Eye Team – Christene, Saffron, and I – were at the University Street Fair “Saucing up Seattle”. Let me tell ya – we definitely sauced up that event.

Saturday, with the sun shining and the weather warm, we put out over 2000 samples in the span of 9 hours. By the numbers, that worked out to 49 bottles of sauce and about 20 pork butts. That turned out to be more than I had expected, so we ended using all of our reserve pork that was set aside for Sunday. Translation: More pork had to be cranked out Saturday night.

After packing up and heading out, it took 3 different stops (Sam’s Club and two Safeway stores) to get the 18 butts we figured we would need for Sunday. Knowing that the weather would be colder and wet, and that the event would be an hour shorter, we figured on about 200 samples less, so 18 butts would be perfect. Got them on the smoker about 10:30 that night, cranked up the temperature, and had them ready by 8:30 Sunday morning, and we were off.

Who knew that Sunday would be even busier?

Even with the rain and the wind and the occasional hail, we were on a pace to hand out about 3000 samples. A lot of people who tried the Texas and Memphis sauces on Saturday came back to try the Carolina and Kansas City on Sunday. The pork finally ran out around 3:30, and so we finished out the day sampling on oyster crackers.

Definitely a great time, and a good run-up to being ready for the Fremont Fair – our next big sampling event. We’ll definitely be increasing the amount of pork on hand for that one!

Until next time…

Had a great weekend at the No Bull BBQ Contest in Morgan Hill, CA this weekend. We were the PNWBA Head Judges for the event. It was very warm for us Seattle folks but we get to burn off some mold. The Grand Champion was out of Gilroy, CA Huminie’s Hogalicious BBQ and the Reserve Champions was Dads Doing What They Love. Both teams were VERY happy!! This was Huminie’s Hogalicious BBQ first Grand Championship!

Pulled Pork Abounds!

Another Saturday, another great day of sampling!  This weekend we’ll be at the Safeway on 28th Avenue Southwest – Roxbury, my old stomping grounds…

Sunday, we’re delivering pulled pork and sides to some students who bought themselves a BBQ dinner from a UW student charity we help support.  Probably the best meal they’ve had all quarter!