American Royal 2014 is in the books……

photoJD and GuyWell another American Royal is in the books. Didn’t fare as good on the first day but made up for it on the second day. But its always a good time, for the last 16 years its always been our favorite to look forward to. This year we got to take our grandson JD with us and he cooked in the Kids Q and finished 11th overall. We had a 13th Springer Mountain Farms chicken and a 4th, yes a 4th place Compart Family Farms St Louis cut Spare rib!! Thanks Jim Compart and a huge thanks to Strube Ranch Beef for superior briskets, only to be futher enhanced by Butcher BBQ Injections by David Bouska The Royal experience is one everyone should get to do, its a bucket list thang! Here’s a few pictures from our weekend. Oh and got to show off the Mistress to Elvis, yep hes a fan!! And Jackson got to meet Guy!!

Well the past 3 weeks have brought a few 1st places.  We’ve had a 1st in
Chicken, 1st in Brisket with a perfect score and two 1st places in Pork.
Awesome!!!!!  Thanks to you our sponsors.  We’re finally getting it together.
The judges taste has changed over the past couple of years.  We’ve been slowly
adjusting our taste profile.  We are pretty sure that we have finally gotten it
together.  Now we’ll see how the next few weeks go.  We have the best product to
start with and have some of the best seasonings/injections as well.  We have
never been fans of injecting the meat, but this is where the trend has gone.   It’s kind of like computers, we thought they were a fad, but now there here  to stay. LOL
Special thanks to Butcher BBQ, David Bouska for a great product along with Craig
Sharry of Texas Pepper Jelly.  Special thanks also to our meat sponsors, Strube
Ranch wagyu brisket, Springer Mtn Farms for chicken, and of course Compart Duroc
for awesome pork butts and ribs.  We are going to stick close to home until the
last week of June.  We have a lot going on in our personal lives right now, and
need to stay close to OK.  We will head out the end of June to New Mexico for a
couple of weeks then drive on over to Greenwood, SC then Indiana before headed
back to the house the end of July.  We are cooking in Okemah, OK next weekend
and we hope we have good news to share.  Thanks again to all our sponsors, and
hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend.

Competition Updates Continued

It’s was nice to get back home.  We drover over and did the Shawnee, OK cookoff where we took 7th pork and ended up 15th overall.  We were back home Saturday night.  What a great feeling to be home for a while.  It’s been a hectic year with Sponsors and family.  We hope we get all back on track before too long.  Back to work.  We headed over to Stillwater, OK at the Elks Lodge.  This is a contest where they love or hate you.  Last year we won this event, but this year we took 18th overall with a 6th place chicken.  Not sure we will go back.  We have seen more 6’s and 7’s on appearance than ever before this year.  You would think that after 19 years in this sport that we would know how to make a box.  On to the next weekend.  We drove over to Enid, OK where we ended up 10th overall with a 7th chicken and 10th brisket.  Not a bad day.  Enid is a lot of fun, and they do a great job at this event.  We headed back home again.  This is fun.  We headed over to Arkansas City, KS where we got our butts whooped.  Butts still burning over this one.  We are back home, and getting ready to head to Hot Springs, AR on Thursday.  We hope to have good news to share and hope all have a great weekend.

Competition Updates

Can’t believe it’s been since February that we have posted how we are doing at the Competitions.  We started out at Pensacola, Fl we ended up 6th overall with a 6 pork and a 5th brisket.  We went and hung out at the Wild Bunch Butt Burners residence in Atmore, AL in between a few contests.  We headed over to Mobile, AL with we were 14th overall with a 4th place pork.  We headed back to Atmore and hung out for another week while waiting to head over to Tupelo, MS.  This is a unique event because all the troopers and volunteers wear Elvis glasses and you are given a police escort to your spot.  Pretty cool.  We didn’t do well here at all.  We finished 13th with no top ten calls.  We left Tupelo and headed to Hammond, LA where we parked behind the City Glass Shop for the week while waiting to move over to our spot for the weekend on Thursday morning.  We enjoyed visiting with Eric and Georgette at their home on Monday night along with Swiggin’ Pig, Wild Bunch Butt Burners, and David Roper.  The meal was excellent and we really enjoyed getting to visit more with everyone.  On Tuesday night we all headed to Alack Culinary Equipment and Sales where John and Kathy of Wild Bunch, along with Barry of Swiggin’ Pig did a class on Brisket and pork.  Wednesday night we all headed back over to Alack and Mike did a class on chicken, and Mike Richter did a class on Ribs.  The room was packed both nights, and we all had a lot of fun.  Alack really has everything you need to do backyard bbq along with professional BBQ.  Be sure and check it out if you are ever in the area.  We didn’t do great this year at Hammond but we did end up 11th overall with an 8th place brisket.  We headed home.

Lotta Bull BBQ Goes to Austin

Hi guys, just letting you know that we are headed to Austin Tx to do a Lotta Bull U Technique Cooking Class to be held at the Barbeque Mercantile at 5003 Burnet Road.

This is a one-day class held on Saturday February 9th. We will start promptly at 8:00 am and will continue all day. This will be just like all the others we do, only in a one day format. The class will be just like all the others we do, no stone left un turned. We give you everything we do from the time we arrive at a contest, from meat selection, prep, cooking and finally presentation to the judges. We give you everything we do…..except the recipes!!

If you are looking to up your game or looking for that edge to help you break into KCBS contests, or jsut want to cook a little bbq, this is the class for you. This is our fisrt time teaching in Texas and probably will be the the only one this year. To sign up, just click on the link on the home page here on our website. Look forward to seeing you there!!

Home Made in America

It’s been a busy couple of months. We had Sunny Anderson with Food Network come to the house to film an episode of her new show Home Made in America. It will be airing on Food Network on Saturday, November 10th, at 8:30 am Central Time. Be sure and try to catch this episode.

Sunny was a hoot to work with as was all of her crew. They showed up on Thursday, September 13th and spent the day filming. We served the crew some BBQ, imagine that LOL, and Andes Mint Chocolate Cheesecake. They left full and ready to come to Ponca City to shoot the rest of the show.

We received a text from our daughter, Mikee, late that evening wanting to know if we could talk. Well we called, and sure enough she was in labor. So we headed to the hospital and on Friday, September 14th, we welcomed our last grandchild and only granddaughter Audrey Davis Miller into the world at 6:00 that evening. We celebrated for a bit, and then headed back to the house to grab what we needed and jumped into the RV to head to Ponca City. We arrived a little after 1:00 on Saturday morning.

Sunny and crew showed up Saturday morning about 9:00 and continued to shoot more for the episode. It was a lot of fun, and we hope everyone enjoys it. We are finishing up our year, hopefully with a bang. We are currently in Harrison, AR and then are off until Demopolis, AL. We haven’t had our best year, but it wasn’t our worst either.

We are doing our Lotta Bull “U” class in Flint, MI on the weekend of November 9-10. Registration is open until November 8th at 6 PM. Go to the website of to register. Hope to have good news to share for our upcoming 2013 Tour. Keep watching for some exciting news.