Some of the fanciest wheels were driven by Danny and Gloria Sager, from MD, who are doing 14 competitions this year.
Another less fancy set up was a large wood burning set by redneck Oven run by Mike Gardner from Exeter, MA, but originally from Bay City TX.
Noon was the first turn in time with chicken the first category up.
A table of six judges get six unmarked boxes with six pieces each which they first inspect for beauty. Then one piece from each box is placed in front of each judge on what looks like a bingo card with 6 sections on it, one for each entrant. They then poke, prod and play with each piece taking a small bite, maybe a second. they then right down a score and discard the mostly uneatin food. Repeat!!!
A half hour and it's a new category.
Matt and The Barn Burners played a couple of rowdy sets providing a nice soundtrack to the afternoon.
Right after we arrived I tried my hand at match making, but when Buddy, an English RedTic coonhound) couldn't come up with some ribs Daisy (my very selective BlueTic/Beagle mix) gave him the cold shoulder!
"I Smell Smoke" won Grand Champion for highest combined score!
Category winners were:
Cruzen2Q * Chicken * Cascade, MD
I Smell Smoke * Ribs * Malden, MA
Eatin Smoke * Pork * Swampscott, MA
Eatin Smoke * Brisket
There's also plenty to do and see at the Raitt Farm during the year.
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