Thursday, April 26, 2007

"Boiling" Away in Margaritaville???

This past weekend we entered into the Hospice Foundation of the South Crawfish Cook-off in Slidell, LA and came in 2nd out of 50 teams!! Talk about a lot of fun! The cook-off is open to the public and for $25 you can eat as much crawfish as you possibly can from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.! Our team boiled 750 pounds and from what we heard they had ordered 45,000 pounds total! We also served up 300 slices of Schroder’s Crawfish Pizza. John Schroder is running for State Representative for St. Tammany Parish this October. Check out John’s website to find out more about him. We could have never taken 2nd place or even attempted to boil 750 pounds of crawfish without all the hard work of “Cousin Troy”. Troy worked from sun up till sun down doing all the washing, purging, spicing and boiling of the crawfish! Thanks Troy! Maybe somehow, some way we can get that 2nd place trophy out of Vince’s hands!! What a blast! If you ever have a chance to enter a contest like this I highly recommend it! We had a great time! Hard work but lots of fun.

Our Booth

Crawfish Pizza!

2nd Place Crawfish!

Traci working hard as usual!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Our first EVER competition!

March 30 and 31, 2007, Basting Away competed in their first of many (I hope) BBQ competitions, The Smoking Blues and BBQ Challenge in Hammond, Louisiana.

We entered into the "Backyard Boogie" division and competed against 60 other teams. There was also a "Pro" division in which Bad Byron's Butt Rub won the grand champion. In the "Backyard Boogie" division, you were required to turn in Sauce, Chicken and Ribs. We got 9th place in sauce, 21st place in ribs and a really disappointing 44th place in chicken. I personally thought our chicken was better than the ribs, but you just never know. We did exactly what the event coordinator told us to do....HAVE FUN! Even the hurricane force winds and rain didn't damper our spirits when we heard them call our name for the 9th place finish in sauce. Can't wait till the next one!!

Chicken Turn-In Box:

Rib Turn-In Box: