Back To Cooking, This Time in Virginia
Smoke This returned to the competition trail after a two month hiatus on October 13 in Alton, VA. Thanks to hurricane Florence and a subsequent deployment to Wilmington, NC to assist Operation BBQ Relief, Smoke This skipped events in Salisbury, NC and Newton, NC. Historically, Smoke This hasn't competed in the Commonwealth of Virginia that much but has had some good results when participating in events. This first-time event caught the attention of the team and the decision was made to forego the traditional Rocky Mount, NC event to go to beautiful Virginia International Raceway to compete in the Pigs in the Pit event that was founded, in part, to be a fundraising event for the local Boys and Girls Club. After driving through a severe rain and wind storm thanks to remnants of Hurricane Michael that devastated the Florida panhandle, the team arrived, setup and began preparations for the contest. Unfortunately, due to the heavy rains many of the accompanying events were cancelled. That didn't have an effect on the cook for Smoke This. Feeling confident is sometimes a scary emotion following a cook. As award time rolled around, the confidence was verified thanks to an overall 9th place finish. Chicken finished 9th, ribs were 7th and brisket was 3rd! After some dismal results and several weeks off, it was good to get positive results! Now the guys hope to build off that heading into next week in Lenoir, NC where they will also be vending.
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