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Memphis in May – Gnarly Head Wine Rippin’ Ribs Tour – Stop #1

If you’re at Memphis in May and want to sample some great wine from Gnarly Head (and of course meet some great people) head over to:

Space R45 on South Tiger Lane – Near Judges Building

It’s their first stop on the Rippin’ Ribs Tour 2011

Here’s a great map of all of the festivities

If you want the heads up as a visitor to the event you can find info HERE

Best in Smoke – Food Network

The Food Network is taking a big step further into the BBQ genre with the (4) episode series Best In Smoke which premieres on Sunday May 8th at 10 PM. The show is hosted by Bryan Caswell who was a finalist in season three of The Next Iron Chef and is chef/owner of Reef, Stella Sola, and Little Bigs, all in Houston.

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I first heard about this show as the past ‘BBQ’ shows on other networks proved to be more about time limits and pointless non-BBQ related eliminations instead of focusing on the BBQ itself. Best in Smoke appears to be different. From just the few minutes we (myself and a number of bloggers) got to speak to Bryan it let us know that he is extremely passionate about BBQ and food in general (we could hear him bark orders to food purveyors and staff in the background in between answering questions to us). If you go off of contestants and judges alone you know you’re in for a great overall show.

For a small ‘taste’, here’s their promo video:

Here’s the scoop: “The six competitors’ first challenge is to create their single best bite of barbecue. They can smoke up whatever they want, but the judges will only take one single bite. In the next round, the competitors find out that they have another chance to stay in the game. They have to cook cocktail party fare for an art gallery show in Chelsea. One pitmaster is eliminated at the end of the show.”
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Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Figured I’d do a little more research into the BBQ joints and BBQ teams participating in the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off that draws over 500,000 people.

Here they are:
Armadillo Willy’s – Los Altos, CA
Aussom Aussie – Pittsburgh, PA
BJ’s Barbeque – Sparks, NV
Back Forty Texas Barbecue – Pleasant Hill, CA
Bone Daddy’s BBQ – Midland, MI
Bourbon Q – Westport, KY
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ – Mt. Laurel, NJ
Carson City BBQ – Carson City, NV
Checkered Pig BBQ – Martinsville, VA
Chicago BBQ Company – Burr Ridge, IL
Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co. – Hinckley, OH
Famous Dave’s BBQ – Minnetonka, MN
Joey’s Texas Thunder – Phillips, TX
Johnson’s Bar-B-Que – Chesapeake, VA
Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. – Concord, CA
Memphis Championship BBQ – Las Vegas, NV
Porky ‘N Beans BBQ – Port Saint Lucie, FL
Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. – Rochester, IN
Razorback Cookers – Blytheville, AR
Smokehouse Specialties – Dos Palos, CA
Sweet Meat Cooking Team – Euless, TX
Texas Outlaw Barbecue – Elizabethtown, KY
The Barbecue Company Inc. – Phoenix, AZ
Willingham’s World Champion BBQ – Memphis, TN

See information in the previous post on location and hours. After putting together this list I know I have to make it a point to get up there next year.

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2nd Annual California Beer Fest / BBQ Cook-Off – Ventura, California

Disarray Magazine brings news that a BBQ Cook-Off will be part of this years California Beer Festival in Ventura, CA.

I will be updating this once I get the joints/teams being represented in the cook-off, but should be a great time, especially since the Beer Festival has over 100 beers represented.

Get tickets here

The Dells BBQ Bash & State BBQ Championship

The Dells BBQ Bash and State BBQ Championship, a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event, took place this weekend. There was over $ 10,000 in cash prizes awarded at the event. Here’s the top five breakdown of each category and the overall winners:

Overall:
1 BUBBA Q’S
2 PARROTHEAD SMOKERS
3 CAPTAIN RON’S BREW-N-QUE
4 FREEMAN BROTHERS BBQ
5 SMOKIN’ SCOTSMEN

Chicken:
1 BUBBA Q’S
2 PARROTHEAD SMOKERS
3 GREASE MONKEY
4 BUNSEN BURNERS
5 BIG DADDY’S BBQ

Ribs:
1 FREEMAN BROTHERS BBQ
2 BUBBA Q’S
3 CHURCH OF SWINETOLOGY
4 TIPPYCANOE BBQ CREW
5 CAPTAIN RON’S BREW-N-QUE

Pork:
1 CAPTAIN RON’S BREW-N-QUE
2 BUBBA Q’S
3 SLUG BUG BBQ
4 BIG DADDY’S BBQ
5 MA & PA’S KETTLE

Brisket:
1 SMOKIN’ SCOTSMEN
2 TIPPYCANOE BBQ CREW
3 BIG BUBBA’S ROADHOUSE
4 Q U SMOKIN KREWE
5 LYNCH BBQ COMPANY

Memphis in May – 2010

Didn’t get a chance to go to MIM this year, but I’m planning on doing a write up from the point of view of someone who couldn’t go, but gleened as much for my BBQ friends who did go.

In the mean time, here’s someone video of his take from last year:

I have a crazy week so reviews and additional write ups will be coming Friday.