As smokers and grills literally get the cobwebs cleaned out, and with others, it seems to becoming a weekend ritual, except there is an extra day. There are a few things we need to keep in mind, first what this holiday is all about.
Let’s take some time think about those who gave their life so we can enjoy a weekend like this.
Next, let’s talk about grill/smoker safety, there will be literally thousands of out of control, on fire grills/smokers today, mainly because they are not kept clean.
A great idea is to line the bottom of the smoker with aluminum foil, and after each cook, just remove and throw away. Those using a gas grill, and using ceramic briquets, if you use that grill frequently it is a great idea to change those out every couple of months, for those not so frequently once or twice a year.
Most of all, enjoy the time off, enjoy the day..
I’m glad to have the blog type of format back on my site, some may remember a few years back when I actually had a blog…
I would like to talk about somethig that has effected us a great deal this year, in the amount of competitions we would normally do, and that is the price of fuel, diesel specifically.
During the summer months we would normally do a minimum of 3 to 4 contests outside of Florida (Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama), during July and August, and this year it will be zero. At $0.60+ cents a mile to tow that trailer, who can afford that? I sure can’t.This has to be at least starting to hurt some contests, especially the ones that don’t have alot of teams real close to them.
But the fuel cost is effecting everything you buy right now. Just about everything moves on a truck, and the cost of diesel is driving, and will continue to drive freight prices through the roof.
But back to barbecue for a moment.. All the bbq competitors need to be concerned with some of the contests just going away, without teams, they can’t have an event, or at least not like they intended. BBQ contests for the most part (at least here in Florida), are good money generators for the charities they benefit. So what is the answer (besides our government, actually doing something about what would appear to be a super inflated price, driven by greed and speculation)?
For the competitors, it’s more prize money evenly spread accross the field, and giving more teams the opportunity to at least break even. But, this then puts alot of pressure on the organizers to increase those prize funds, to make their contests attractive to teams that travel. So, from the organizers stand point, they need more corporate sponsorship, and I’m not talking about Mom’s Garden shop down the street.
It’s about time Corporate America recognize that many charities benefit from what we do, and direct some of the marketing dollars they spend elsewhere into the competition bbq arena. Many contests would give them the same exposure they already get with those dollars, and they would also be able to benefit from the fact those dollars are used to generate income for charities.
Obviously, I would rather be at a competition right now, instead of complaining about why I can’t be at a competition. If your an organizer, and your reading this, think outside the box and take a stab at that big corporation as a sponsor. If your event is next year, you have about 4 to 5 months before those companies finalize those marketing dollars for 2009.
If your one of those large companies I’m talking about, then also think outside the box. Look at BBQ Contests as a viable way to spend those marketing dollars, and also creatively benefit your tax deductions, and then go that contest and eat some GOOD barbecue! And if your the Government reading this, then please, fix this rediculous problem!
Until next time!
Welcome to our new website, it has certainly been a challenge, getting this together. I apologize for the re-register and realize it has just been 2 1/2 years since we did this before, but this was something that needed to be done to keep up with the times, and as a result of ongoing security concerns.
The cut-over to the new site was premature, due to several sql injection attacks on my site, the latest this morning.
Many new features here, that I think you will enjoy. This web site is now capable of all the new blogging and social craze going on with the web.
What is most exciting about this new website, is we have several contributing to this site now. The authors are as follows:
Kevin Bevington – HomeBBQ.com (owner)
Brian Pearcy – TheBBQGuy
Brian has 2 websites, http://www.thebbqguy.com, and his own blog at http://www.bbqguyblog.blogspot.com Brian has been a friend of mine for several years, and was a member of the original version of the HomeBBQ.com competition team in 2002, and early 2003. Brian brings alot to the table here as a bbq competitor, and his thorough approach. We are very excited to have him with us.
Tim Cochran – We have known Tim since January of 2005, when he and his partner David cooked right behind us at a contest. Tim has contributed much to the BBQ Brethren Forum, and we are exited to have him here with us at HomeBBQ.com.
Dan Colmerauer – Dan has been a big contributer to HomeBBQ.com since it’s inception, and has helped 100’s if not 1000’s of people as they asked their questions on the www.homebbq.com website. We are very excited to have Dan with us in this role.
Greg Rempe – You might already know Greg from the BBQ Central Forum, Show, and Podcasts http://bbq-4-u.com/ . Greg will be sharing much with us, I know I have enjoyed his podcasts, and I am looking forward to his contribution here at HomeBBQ.com.
Our mission here at HomeBBQ.com is to be the definitive source of information to the Backyard BBQ Chef, and Griller. If you have comments or suggestions, please let us know.
I hope you enjoy the new website!
Welcome to our new website, it has certainly been a challenge, getting this together. I apologize for the re-register and realize it has just been 2 1/2 years since we did this before, but this was something that needed to be done to keep up with the times.
The cut-over to the new site was premature, do due several sql injection attacks on my site. However we will be working while your using the new site.
Many new features here, that I think you will enjoy. We have multiple authors which is spelled out in the News article a little clearer.
This web site is now capable of all the new blogging and social craze going on with the web. I hope you enjoy the new site!