The 1st Annual Smithfield BBQ Classic was one of the best BBQ contests that I have ever been to! The location, the guinea pig style competition and the company of Smithfield were all great. The town of Smithfield is charming and the Smithfield staff were hospitable and amazing! Arlie Bragg and Big Poppa Smokers put on a great competition. I mentioned before that this competition was a guinea pig competition. This means that all of the teams received their meat from the organizer (Amazing Smithfield Prime pork and a Snake River Farms Wagyu Brisket). Yep, everyone started with the same meat. I love this concept. It also included a Kids Que contest (Liam competed) and a delicious pot luck dinner the night before the competition.
I am a huge fan of the Thermapen. It is fast, accurate, durable and an extension of my arm in the kitchen. It is the one kitchen/bbq tool that I could not live without. I honestly don’t know how people can cook without checking temperatures. I have had my Thermapen for almost 5 years and it works as good today as it did the day I purchased it. The other day the great people over at Thermoworks sent me the newest Thermapen to try out. I was a bit skeptical that I would need a new Thermapen. However, The Thermapen Mk4 is not just an incremental update, it is a brand new kick butt thermometer. The new features make this not only a kick butt thermometer, but the best Thermapen ever! Check out my review below.