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If I didn't have that wedding on Saturday and had to leave Sunday for grouse camp, I'da came by. Good luck with the BBQ!
 

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Silver lake pics, and results!

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. I had a great time this weekend at the Apple and BBQ Festival at silver lake( Mears) Mi. I was there to help one of my new BBQ friends compete. He really doesn't need anyones help. He is a pretty masterful fella. He does have some issues with mobility( Hip troubles) but gets around nicely, and is a well respected compeditor, mentor and good friend to most comp teams on the circuit. Thanks for trusting me and allowing to help and learn Ford, I will always remember this weekend as my first large Comp, even though it wasn't my team, or cooker. We didn't have alot of faith in our turn ins, and the ones that we like least, seemed to score best. We did manage a 3rd place in pork, and an 8th place overrall. When I do get the whole run down, or if someone else does, please post it here so we can see how the other Mich, and SMF teams did.
OK some pics.

These folks were part of the backyard competition. It is a smaller version of the KCBS, and you only cook ribs and wings, entry fee is 25 bucks I think, and they can win some money and a trophy.I may do this next year, if funds continue to be a desiding factor for my absence from these things.




I am terrible with names and I am sorry, They placed first in ribs, and won the grand champion(overall scores). His pit is home made, and quite sharp. I think they are local, and I spend alot of time talking with them on friday.Very nice folks.
These are some more pics of the backyard division. There were 14 teams competing, and they ranged from a Lang 84 size to charcoal Grills, or ECB's.




Lotsa nice folks, havin a good time! one more of that group!



Now to the Big show!This is my friend Dale, he owns a catering company and also rents these pits out for parties and such.Great guy, who is partnered by his wife an an occassional friend.




These folks are the Bates team, and they are alot of fun. I had a great time with them and their friend Marian(with the glasses).Marian came up from Florida to help them,we had many drinks together throughout the weekend. John, the team leader is not pictured, he is a busy bee for sure and is a huge part of getting these comps into Michigan.



This guy, Matt had many awards, and his creative pit and site decorations were a big hit with many folks including me!His Lil Red Wagon team placed 4th overrall, ans he had a couple checks and trophies in hand. It was Matt's second KCBS event. How about that!





I wish I woulda got more pics, and saturdays pics turned out real blurry, maybe cuz of the rain and humidity, I don't know. I just wanted to give some of you a look at what goes on at these things. Lotsa families cooking together, along with crews that party all night long.

If ya ever get a chance to visit one of these comps, you should do it. Most of the time the admission is free or very cheap, the food is awesome, and the sights are many.If you ever get the chance to cook or participate in these events, the memories will last a lifetime!.
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so tonight I decided to chop up some of the brisket for sammies.




here is what it looked like to the judges!



kinda dark pic, hope it turns out. ;)
 

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That looked like a great time. :)
That does look like it was a great time. I love the Shelby area and the surrounding areas. Very pretty area and lots of things to do :).
 

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Silver lake pics, and results!

I had a great time with them and their friend Marian(with the glasses).Marian came up from Florida to help them,we had many drinks together throughout the weekend.
Yeah Dan, Marian looks like a fun girl... Looks like you had a good weekend...:D

You guys placed to boot... Very nice...
 

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I told myself I was definitely going to make it up to this earlier this summer when I found out about it. As usual work had to cancel my plans.

Are there anymore comps in west michigan yet this fall>
 

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I don't think so. Ill, Ind, and there is a rib cook in Flushing Mi. that I posted about in the "throwdown " thread.
 

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I love it up north period. I m at that point that I want to be out in the woods as much as I can.
I love the bridge area, as well. We used to camp in the Wolverine area at a small campground just outside of town. It isn't too far from the bridge and island~~and some of the country there is so very primitive, it is amazing. We drove through places I am not sure we should have~~small bridges over areas...yikes, the bridges were very unsafe~~in my opinion..LOL. There are lots of deer in that area, also. The fall colors are beautiful while driving to the bridge and the island is just a cool place to be. I have never been too far into the U.P. but would like to see some of that, someday...My oldest son goes there with his new wife to see some of her older family members. I might have to tag along with them one of these days. :D...My ex brother in law taught me to cook various foods over an open fire while camping in Wolverine. That was quite an experience in November~~raining and all, plus the snow in the morning~~how cool is that?? :D I wouldn't mind seeing some more of that area when I get done with school.
 
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