Oinktoberfest - 10 Years

To help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Oinktoberfest, the Meatheads settled in to our home field at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence ready for a fun, relaxing finale to the Barbeque Season. Despite some heavy rain Friday the weather was clear and dry for most of the weekend. With great people, copious amounts of liquid refreshment, and that home-town view we only get at Clarence, the weekend became one of the many memorable outings we've had as a team. Congrats George on 10 years of a job well done.

The KCBS competition showed a flurry of action, as many teams were competing for the top spot in the Empire State BBQ Championship. The Meatheads were well positioned for a rise in the standings, but in order to move up we needed to beat the top 1/3 of the competition field, a giant feat for any team.

In the end, we watched as our friends from Good Smoke BBQ took home "The Statue" with a 4th overall finish. The Meatheads faired well with a respectable 19th out of almost 60 teams, ending up 9th overal in the series, a massive jump from last year's finish.

With the focus of the Saturday competition over, we spent much of the nice weather spending time with friends from the Misfits of Meat, who won an award for participating in Oinktoberfest 10 times (along with 2 other teams, Desperados BBQ, and Donnie's Smokehouse) and various other teams, as we traded stories and tales well into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

With the pressure off, the Meatheads let loose with some interesting recipes, and some experimentation. While we didn't take home much in the way of trophies, we got to see the Misfits, as well as Jack and Jim's Barbeque take home some hardware. It's so rewarding to watch the look of happiness on a first-time BBQ'er's face as they take a prize home. You can't help but be happy.

The 2011 Season was the Meatheads best year to date. It featured our most competitions(6), our first time wins in Pork and Brisket, two KCBS reserve Grand Champions and multiple top 10 finishes. We got to feed the masses of Buffalo at the Taste of Country competition, as well as our first annual Beer Blast. But most importantly, we carried on the tradition of family, friends and food. These are the things that generate inspiration, and keep us working towards being the best.

To all of those who helped us get to where we did this year, we thank you from top to bottom. See you all in 2012!