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    BBQ competition newbie

    So I was talked into signing up for a bbq competition for a fund raiser for my kids high school this weekend (and I am a PBC guy). Any tips on what to cook? There are beef, pork and chicken categories. time is short, so brisket seems out (start cooking at 10, judging at 4). Suggestions?

    #2
    In that amount of time you lose some of the more popular items. Do you cook one of each or enter a category?
    Assuming 1 from each I would do Beef Ribs, Baby Backs or ham depending on the judges, and chicken thighs (or lolipops if I practiced). All of those can be done at the same time, perhaps the chicken late and once you take the ribs off let the temp spike for chicken skin.
    This is a kind of competition I could do, let us know how it goes!

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    • eschrank
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      You pay for each category you want to enter. What are lollipops?

    #3
    _John_ agreed. Definitely stick to ribs for beef and pork, and my pick would be thighs as well for chicken (but I hate chicken so my opinion is moot, LOL). That's an awful short amount of time for anything else.

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      #4
      I smoked these items this weekend in 5 hours... All went well.

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      • eschrank
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        How do you think the chicken would be if I can only marinade for a couple hours? You have to bring the meat with no seasoning to start.

      • Breadhead
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        It would be ok... If you baste it a few times with the marinade while cooking.

      #5
      You could likely get a small flat done in 6 hours cooking hot. I'd do pork tenderloin, loin or baby backs for pork. That's mighty pretty chicken Breadhead ! You don't say if you have to do all or can choose one. Have fun and good luck!

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      • Breadhead
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        CandySueQ .

        That's my absolute ALL time favorite chicken dish. My friends and family all love it when I grill those for them. I use bone in chicken thighs. I marinade them overnight in a zip lock bag. I grill them on my Big Green Egg up high away from the fire box with the lid down at about 275°. I cook them skin side down until I get the crispness and color I want and then turn them over to finish the cook. I baste them with a couple of more coats of the marinade during the cooking process. I pull them at 180°.

        This marinate is to die for. I got this recipe from Chef John at Allrecipes.com. He listed it as a marinade for pork chops. I liked it on pork chops so much I started using it on chicken thighs too.

        Mongolian chicken thighs.... Marinade

        1/2 cup hoisin sauce
        4 cloves garlic, minced
        1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
        1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
        1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
        1 tablespoon rice vinegar
        1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
        2 teaspoons sesame oil
        2 teaspoons white sugar
        1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce... Any type I use Sriracha
        1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
        1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

        I quadruple this recipe every time I mix it and keep this in the fridge most of the time.

        Try it you might like it.
        Last edited by Breadhead; August 17, 2015, 02:50 PM.

      • CandySueQ
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        Saved to my recipe file! Thanks for sharing!!!

      • Breadhead
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        CandySueQ .

        If you try it let me know how you like it and take pictures. I'm curious what you think of the flavor profile.

      #6
      Thanks for all the tips! The time is pretty short and you have to bring your meat raw and unseasoned. I think I am going with ribs and possibly some chicken. I would have liked to do brisket, but worried about time. Thanks everyone!

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        #7
        Lolipop Chicken never fails to impress!

        https://youtu.be/_Jt0c4cMN8o

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        • Breadhead
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          I like making chicken lollipops when I have friends over to watch football games. They make good halftime snacks.

          Go Cardinals!

        #8
        Wow. Those look amazing.

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          #9
          Chicken Lollipops: 1st Place. Fifty bucks. thanks for the tip.

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            #10
            Cool @eschrank,nice job,any pics?

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