Here are the 2002 winners
Here are the 2003 winners
Roker finished something like 87th out of 112 dry rib entries.
Memphis In May, BBQ cook off is always the 3rd weekend in May.
At the end of the program, I saw where he came in 87 of 107. They appeared like they had a heck of a good time. I would have to guess that he was sponsored by the network he works for. That had to be one expensive production. He had some good looking equipment.
He competed with ribs only and the stainless steel with the rotator was first class equipment. I believe he was in the wet ribs cause I kept seeing him continaually baste them.
After he took them off, they literally fell off the bone.
He made not have made the show, but they sure looked good and tender.
Paul E. Smith
Roker had a gastric-bypass last winter, with lots of folowup media coverage. it seems to be working for hiom.
At the end of the TV show he tells us that his group did not place in any of the judging…but the experience was worth all the work.
It was fun to see the complexity of a major production like that.
I am watching the Food Channel and it is featuring the Memphis BBQ contest. Al Roker who looks like he has lost at least 100 lbs has entered the competition. Rokers Smokers. I do not know how he did. I sure do wish I could BBQ like those guys.
Some of the contestants have pretty elaborate rigs. I wonder what the total hard cost is. It must take hours just to set one of these up. Green outdoor carpets, picket fences. There must awards for the best set ups. Some were beautiful.
Paul E. smith
When I was in Memphis last, I stayed at the Peabody with the quackers. Even from there, you could smell the BBQ. I looked for Elvis’s favorite haunts. One I went to even sold fried peanut butter, banana sandwiches. PFO
Paul E. Smith
You got a video cam on your machine? You must have snuck a peek at the Mayor during one of his personal appearances..[:D]
For some participants its summer all year judging from the average girth.
Yeah, we made the journey after seeing it on tv several years, with the media always showing folks stuffing their chubby little faces with great BBQ as they wandered from place to place in the area. It was a surprise to find a $6 entry fee and no food other than the vendors who all trucked their meat in from outside sources. We got a good reaction to our question in another thread, about how to break thru to the eating side of the program…but won’t have time to glad-hand our way in this year.
Beale St was great! We BBQ and Blues hopped from place to place all evening and had a great time.
I’ll stick to the smaller, more accomodating festivals where a roadie is as welcome as the ‘Pro-Team’ member anywhere on the site. There sure are enough of them to keep one busy all summer.
As you can see by one of my earlier post. I experienced the pain of smelling but not being able to partake. The one good thing is Memphis is full of BBQ places. You could probably try one a day for a year and still not get them all. You might have to drive a few miles though.
We were racing there in October and we went down on Beale Street to get into some blues. They block off the street and had great free outdoor music. There was a street BBQ vendor that was seeling brisket and pork shoulder right off the huge grill. Oh! so good.
Paul E. Smith
What???? You Can’t taste the Barbeque? Oh the pain. It would drive me absolutely crazy to see and smell that fabulous pork and not dig in.
How about the Southern Food Festival? Please tell me you can sample and eat there at least. If so, I might try to make it down for that one.[:0]
We did it for 10 years. It was a lot of fun but sort of grew outside of itself by trying to be too much. You can’t try the BBQ due to legal reasons. As Canucks we drove 20 hours to get there. We had some connections and were sponsored by local and homegrown interests. In the beginning you had to be there on the Friday night cause your hog needed tending. Then they(memphis in may folks) added Thursday to your itinerary. The slap in the face was adding Saturday night even if you didn’t win. This because the gate fee was ever increasing. Well if you don’t win, 10th was our highest in whole hog, the tradition is to have cocktails and head out to dinner to commiserate. Since we were there on a holiday (we all work in the food business) it became too much like working, no no.
Made great friends, turned on to BBQ, we still visit and enjoy our visits from the Memphisonions.
May 15-17 for the BBQ Contest May 24-25 for the Southern Food Festival Link to their site—http://www.memphisinmay.org/frames.html
Does anyone know when the big Memphis BBQ FESTIVAL on the river is? It has been many years since I was there and I believe it was in May. It smelled really good but the participants did not sell their product. You could smell the festival for miles around. My hotel was several blocks from there. I was staying at the Peabody, hotel with the ducks. Really attacked your olafactory senses.
Paul E. Smith
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