WOW! THE AMERICAN ROYAL
Four years ago I went to experience my first taste of competition BBQ in Richmond Va. It was a M.I.M contest. I trodden out there with two El-cheapo Brinkmans and a lot of hope. There was over 30 bbq teams including Myron Mixon of Jacks Ole South. I was little over my head. It rained all nite. I slept in the back of a Elantra station wagon (I am 6"3" and 250 lb. plus) It was a funny site. We were lucky not to finished dead last. My 6 y/o son was so mad that I didn't win anything , He hit me. Well four year later and a little wiser, my now 10 y/o son and a friend David crossed this wonderful country in a Ford F 150. We were loaded up with hope and everything to win. We finished 5th "in the world " out of about 500 teams. My son went up to get the ribbon wear a shirt that said "Best Dad Hands Down" He later said that "that was his life long dream" It Has been a great ride. I am just glad that i don't get beat up any more.
A Special thanks to Richard Middleton ( he is the good looking one in the photo) It was a true pleasure to another pit-master on our team. His experience put us over the top.
A double special thanks to David Hanson. He took up the slack. He was awesome baby!. When he hit his leg and dropped the rib entry on the ground , He rebounded liked a champ. The next entry was pork and you know what happen there!
Last but not least is our BBQ angel : Barbara Maufas. she was our team angel and Nurse. She was truly a God sent!