Monday, May 6, 2013

West Coast BBQ Classic '13 at the Queen Mary

By Dru Chai

May is national BBQ month and 6 days in, I haven't had any BBQ yet. So with a hankering for some Dirty Smoke brisket, I visited my local Restaurant Depot looking for some Angus beef brisket packers and I couldn't find a single one. My guess is that plenty of local BBQ competition teams snapped them up in preparation for the 2nd annual West Coast BBQ Classic this upcoming Saturday on May 11th.

As a BBQ judge at the inaugural event last year, my tasting samples were all over the place. The chicken was fantastic, but the brisket was atrocious. That's just the luck of the draw sometimes. But the competition is a much stronger field this year -- with 60 teams competing, it will just about double last year's turnout. So I have a good feeling that the quality of BBQ will be much improved.

For a BBQ competition and festival, it doesn't get any better than The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. With a picturesque view of the waters, grassy, and shady areas, it sure beats an event held at a hot parking lot or a dusty field. If you plan on going, do yourself a favor and go early. There will be a good turnout and who wants to wait in one long line after another? Check out my tips on how to enjoy a BBQ festival.

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4 comments:

  1. This event looks awesome! I haven't had any BBQ yet either for this month. I think I will make some today when I get home from work.
    http://kck.st/YgwzvJ

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    1. Awesome! Nothing's better than BBQ made at home!

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  2. Have you by chance heard of the BBQ Dragon? It's a new portable grill starter that will start a charcoal grill in less than ten minutes! It's great for camping, tailgating and the outdoors

    http://www.urbandaddy.com/ntl/gear/23078/BBQ_Dragon_A_Portable_Heat_Cannon_for_Your_Grill_National_NTL_Product

    Here's a link to the review :)

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    1. Cool, thanks for sharing. So how can I get one sent to me for a product review? :)

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