Competition BBQ is not what I expected.
The Humble Rodeo BBQ Cook-off was held on the grounds of the Humble Civic Center this past Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31. Over 65 teams from all over the state prepared submissions for the competition and entertained their guests and supporters. I was lucky enough to be invited by the Webber family of Atascocita to join the Tin Roof BBQ team, to pitch in where I could be of help, and to be there to document the process from the inside.
|Cook team leaders meeting with event staff|
|First, you make a fire...|
|A partial view of the pit area|
|Brek Webber preps competition chicken|
The quality of the team's entries were amazing. I was astounded they didn't place better in the meat categories, but it just proves how great the competition is for quality BBQ in this state, and how seriously all the teams take these events. The Tin Roof team led by David Welch placed 5th in Chicken and 7th in Ribs, and Brek Webber's Tin Roof team placed 2nd in the Open Category with his bacon-wrapped, brisket-stuffed, smoked AND grilled shrimp brochettes. Look for that trophy to be prominently-displayed at the restaurant! (Insider tip: those grilled shrimp brochettes show up as a special from time-to-time at the restaurant; follow Tin Roof on Twitter or Facebook to be the first to know when they're on the menu.)
We all know you visit BBQ blogs for the food photos, so I won't disappoint. Here's sampling of just a few of the shots from this past weekend's event:
|Brisket-stuffed, bacon-wrapped shrimp brochette took 2nd place in the Open Category!|
|44 Farms boneless beef short rib #smokering #moneyshot|
|Competition chicken on the pit|
|Brek Webber's spare rib entry was spectacular|
|Ronnie Webber's competition brisket almost ready to deliver to the judges|
|A fresh slice of lean brisket #LovetheLean|
|Can we get one of each?!|
Without the sponsors, who are very much appreciated by all involved, it would not be possible to pull off an event of such complexity. The Tin Roof Cookers would like to extend a special thanks to Waste Connections of Texas, 44 Farms, The Utenweiler Family, Bugtime Pest Control, PFS Services, Adplex, Champions Rentals, Earthscapes Landscape, Boston Brew Company, Faust Distributing, Elegant Beginnings, The Outdoor Remedy, Lonestar Vet, The Karate Store, On the Rox Bar-Atascocita, Clyde Electrical, Raffa's Wine, Purcell Construction, Woodmark LLC, Mr. Margarita, Kingwood PC Repair, 5 Star Designs, and Joiner Architects.
Competition BBQ for a worthwhile cause has its rewards beyond the trophies and bragging rights. During the 2015 BBQ Cook-Off, over $100,000 was raised, and all proceeds will benefit the Humble ISD Education Foundation to fund innovative classroom projects, teacher and staff development programs and grants to enhance curriculum and technology within the Humble Independent School District. The goal of the foundation is to support programs and initiatives that fall outside the scope of the district’s normal operating budget. (To learn more about the foundation, visit www.humbleisdfoundation.org.)
|The Tin Roof Cookers - this team crushed it!|
Until next time, keep those coals hot and dampers tuned...