First Annual Rib Cook Off 2012

We started a new traditions in our neighborhood a Rib Cook Off. Here’s what Maia, my friend’s 10 year daughter had to say about it.

Recipes to follow soon.

Rib Cook-off Program

September 1,2012

Dean and Jon, neighborhood pals, go up against each other in the mighty battle of ribs to be held this evening. At around 6:00, testers will taste the difference between Dean’s Traeger and Jon’s Weber Smoky Mountain (A.K.A. Weber Bullet).

Dean, an eager contestant, relays some thoughts.  His main strategy: “low and slow.” He also says “I’m gonna try the foil method this time.  It’s supposed to keep the ribs moist.
The method he is using is to cook the ribs wrapped in foil for part of the time. Jon however is using a method that includes covering them in foil after they are done and putting them in a paper bag for an hour.  When Dean is asked whose method he prefers, he says “I don’t know it’s really an experiment.  I’ve never heard of his method before.  I guess that’s what we will find out tonight.  And you, the people of Beacon Hill, will be the final judge.”

After Noah (Dean’s 7yr.old son) voiced the hope that his father would win, Dean simply chuckled and said wisely: “It’s not about who wins. It’s about who eats the most ribs.”

One of Jon’s favorite strategies is using big chunks of wood because they burn longer.  He also thinks highly of agitating the coals and keeping himself hydrated while barbecuing.

This time around, he is using a mister instead of a sprayer for the apple juice, but this change is not a great sorrow to him.  “I think misting is superior because it diffuses the liquid,” he remarks.  After being inquired about the difference between his and Dean’s smokers, he comments on his own “it takes more effort.”  He multitasks by whittling while he is barbecuing.  We all know he loves to “rib” and when asked why, he replies automatically “I like the fact that there are no short cuts, it just takes time.”


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy

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