For the past few years, our community has hosted a BBQ contest called Jakey in June. At the contest BBQ teams come from all over to not only try to win the BBQ contest, they also sell their food to eager people ready to eat.
This year there were about 27 teams competing in several categories. Friday night there was the Anything But competition. This is where teams make anything they want except what will be judged on Sunday morning; chicken, pork, ribs, and brisket. Judges are given a wide array of food choices - anything from pork tenderloin to fresh seafood. Having judged this category before, it is a great time and an awesome opportunity to try new and different foods prepared on grills and smokers.
The dessert competition was on Saturday night. These judges are totally full at the end of their judging stint - full, but happy. There were many wonderful desserts that I would have loved to try. I did get to try a few, and wasn't disappointed at all. The effort that the teams put into their food is amazing, and it impresses me every year.
Sunday morning was judging for chicken, pork, brisket, and ribs. This event was one I judged. Each year, I learn more and more about how BBQ judging works, and about how to smoke. Judging is something I look forward to each year.
My boys entered the burger contest which was on Saturday afternoon. This is judged as well, and both my boys have fun each year coming up with a recipe that reflects their taste and what they like. This year the boxes and how they were decorated were judged as well so the boys decorated their burger boxes - that was quite fun for them.
My oldest made a Mexican burger, so we served them as tacos - it wasn't easy to find a taco shell that would still allow the box to close. My youngest made an American burger, hence the flags as decorations. The Mexican burger took third place, but all the burgers looked awesome. We are already thinking up recipes for next years contest.
1 lb. ground meat
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 tsp cumin
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
Combine meat, taco seasoning, cumin, egg, and cheese. Make 3-4 burgers. Salt and pepper each side of burger - don't skimp on this step as it helps make a crust on the outside of the burger. Put burgers on grill; cook for 4-5 minutes on first side, flip and brush garlic butter on cooked side. Cook for 3-4 minutes on other side. If done to your liking, flip and brush other side with garlic butter.
Remove from grill, cut in half and place in taco shell with your choice of condiments. We used lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream that was seasoned with lime and cilantro.
American Burger - based partially on recipe by James Beard
1 lb. ground meat
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp tabasco
1 minced garlic clove
Combine meat, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, garlic, and egg. Make 3-4 burgers. Salt and pepper each side of burger - don't skimp on this step as it helps make a crust on the outside of the burger. Put burgers on grill; cook for 4-5 minutes on first side, flip and brush with garlic butter on cooked side. Cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side. If done to your liking, flip and brush other side with garlic butter. Remove from grill, add American cheese, and serve!
*For garlic butter, I combined granulated garlic with melted unsalted butter.