Palm Spring West Fest

Earlier this year we competed/vended at the Palm Springs West. This was a great weekend and a nice change from the our usual contest. We got into Palm Spring early Friday morning with 6 other teams, set up our camp and started cooking and sampling to the public. On the menu was tri-tip, sausage, ribs and ABTs (atomic buffalo turds AKA jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese wrapped in bacon).

On Saturday, the competition took place. It was set up to be more of a MIM (Memphis in May) competition, 3 judges came around and sampled our food as we talked to them about it. We served the judges our best tri-tip and ribs and talked to them about how we use our own rub and sauce on everything. It was a little nerve racking but not as much as waiting for your name to be called in a KCBS competition awards ceremony. We continued to serve—selling completely out of tri-tip on Saturday.

A few hours later the judges had come back to inform us we had won! We felt very honored to win, cooking against some really great teams. That night we had a great time hanging out with the other teams talking BBQ. This was a much more relaxed atmosphere then our normal competition and made for a fun night.

Sunday we continued to sell our BBQ. We also had a really cool experience, a show called “Taste of Paradise” came by and interviewed us about our win in the competition. 

I want to take some time to thank all those that helped out over the weekend. Thanks to our friends and family for all your continued hard work. Thanks to our sponsors iGrill and Fruita Wood for giving us your support and awesome products to help us improve our BBQ. Thanks to Thom Emery for putting on this great event and thanks to the great teams we cooked next to: Pete’s Firehouse BBQ and T&J BBQ you guys were life savers.

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3 responses

  1. Yes that was fun
    I am working on another of these Taste and Tell events now

    May 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

  2. Karen Walsten

    Congrats!
    What did you win?
    Good luck at the next one…

    May 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

  3. Nice “meeting” you on Rempe’s show tonight. I’ve put your blog feed into my reader and look forward to your upcoming posts.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm

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