Our 2010 Year

The years over and the last few months have been crazy. I wanted to keep everyone up to date on our last competitions, what’s new in the world of Rooftop Barbeque, BBQ in general and a summary of our first year in BBQ. I also want to take this time to thank everyone who’s helped us through our rookie year.

The Beginning

Well I’ll start at the beginning, it’s been a little over a year since I was introduced to real BBQ. Kellen and I picked up an old small smoker from his neighbor that was giving it away led to learning the basics and cooking on a Sunday here and there. I was then given a small vertical smoker for Christmas and then it officially turned in to a hobby. We then did our first big smoke New Year’s Eve 2009 and realized how fun this “hobby” really was.

Pre Cook Spread - New Year's Eve 2009

And then it truly began when we saw an ad for a local competition in Wildomar. Joe joined our team and after winning a third in tri tip and ninth in beef ribs and we were hooked.

First Competition, Wildomar, April 2009

The Project and Big Wins

Like most hobbies it became an obsession. Then came “the project.” We recruited our friend Keith to help us build a trailer smoker, not realizing what we were getting into. We figured a few weeks of work and it would be done… nine months later it was. “Old Pete” was built out of a 255 gallon propane tank and a lot of scrap metal.

The Smoker, early stages

We finished it up a few days before our next competition “Smokin’ in Mesquite.” After a fourth in pork and winning People’s Choice, we started looking for the next competition.

Smokin' in Mesquite, Winner of People's Choice

More Practicing and More Competitions

We spent a weekend in October barbequing pulled pork and ribs for our church. In November we entered the Golden Acorn BBQ competition in Campo. Taking second in People’s Choice and learning along the way. The first weekend in December we went out to Scottsdale, AZ to compete at Get Your Pig On and took home an eighth and ninth in ribs and brisket.

Finishing the Year

Now we’ve come full circle, a year ago we cooked our first big smoke on New Year’s Eve and this New Year’s we entered the Wild West BBQ competition in Wildomar. This was a back to back competition and quite a challenge, between being down a man each night and dealing with temps dropping down to 26°. But we pulled it off and took an 11th in ribs and 12th in chicken against 50 teams, several of them were in the top 25 in the nation. We also got to sample our ‘que to our friends and locals, selling around 500 samples. We were sold out within a few hours. It was a great time meeting all the people that attended.

Coming Up in 2011

So what’s next for us in 2011? We have teamed up with two companies that will be sponsoring us for 2011, look for blogs on them in the coming weeks. The Rooftop Barbeque clothing line will continue to grow… we currently have shirts for sale and will continue to expand on those. Plans continue for a Rooftop Barbeque Rub that we plan on selling in the next few months. Competitions are planned for the next few months, including Stagecoach Music Festival, and catering jobs continue to come in.

I’d  like to take this time to thank everyone who’s helped us over the course of 2010. First I’d like to thank my wife Sam for all her hard work and support as we’ve moved into this new venture. I’d also like to thank the Rooftop team: Kellen, Joe and Keith, along with their families. We couldn’t have done it with out you; with all the work you put into competitions, catering, and practicing, along with building a beast of a smoker. I’d like to thank my family and in-laws for all the times you’ve helped me to get the things I needed to continue going down this road. Thanks to all the teams and fellow BBQ lovers who have given us advice throughout the year. And I’d like to thank God for putting this desire in my heart.

Posted by Andy Allen.

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One response

  1. Mom-in-Law

    Such a beautiful story! It brought a tear to my eye. I’m
    looking forward to more delicious samples in the new year. Always
    willing to be a guinea pig!!

    January 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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