If you have ever been to a three day event, you will understand how I am feeling this morning!
Yesterday was a fantastic start to the event, and looking at the weather this morning, so should today.
Today is day two of MIM, and we are entering almost all the categories for ‘anything but’ ancillary competition.
As part of my package, I was able to get 6 wrist bands, that allowed me to bring some guests into the booth. I invited Pat, Celine and her husband along with Patty to visit.
After a quick cup of coffee, Patty drove us all into downtown and we caught the trolley car to Beale St landing.
We entered the gate, and as I had left my camera in the booth overnight, there was no problems getting in today!
There was a hive of activity in the booth, and as we arrived the atmosphere was a bit more serious.
Patty and the others went for a walk, and I suggested they return for lunch, as we were having a crawfish boil!
The team were busy preparing boxes for judging of the ancillary items, and thanks to the WhistleStop Rocket city event, it was not new to me!
The different category items were prepared, and again it was like a racing car pit stop! Each person had a job to do, and no one dare get in the way of boxing up!
It was great watching the amount of work that went into preparing each item, any imperfections were removed, before everyone agreed that the box was right to close, and send to the judges!
The lids were sealed and the runner’s delivered the boxes for judging!
The judging would be announced at 1800, and before lunch at 1500, the booth was set up for the Kingsford tour of Champions tour. Four groups of around 30 people that paid to taste BBQ, visited the booth.
Neil and the team handed out a sample of shoulder, and answered any questions on how it was made. There was a prize awarded to the team that provided the best presentation, and it was well done by the boys.
The addition of a sample of the Bourbon slushy went down well!
With the presentations complete, it was time for lunch! The highlight today was a crawfish boil, something I was looking forward to!
Lunch was over, and some teams entertained themselves, before heading down to the main stage to watch the results being announced.
The crowds built in anticipation of the results, and there was excitement building in the air.
As the trophies for the different categories were announced, things weren’t looking good for Too Sauced to Pork!
Third and then second place for Vinegar based sauce was announced, our last chance.
Suddenly over the PA, I heard the words…”winner of vinegar based sauce, Too Sauced to Pork”!
WINNER, first place, number one in the world!
This was my first Memphis in May, and not knowing if it would be my last, I took my chance and joined the team up on the main stage!
It’s hard to explain the feeling as I walked up the stairs onto the stage. It went quite quickly and I remember turning around to face the crowd.
My first thought was a sense of pride for the boys, I also thought that this is what it has been all about.
Up on stage, a rare treat, at the world’s premier BBQ event, nice!
Everyone was happy, and we headed back to the booth for the celebrations!
It was great to see the team on a high, and whilst the drinks and food flowed freely, so too did my bowels!
I wasn’t feeling the best and decided the best thing was to head home early!
Tomorrow is the main category competition day for whole hog, shoulder and ribs.
The party is over, time for the work to begin!