Well we've been trying for months to launch a new Web Site, so I haven't been updating this one. I've finally given up, so here are the highlights of this past year. The Smoke Hunters started our competition season in mid-May at the Madison Magazine BBQ Festival in Sauk City, Wisconsin. We finished 1st in Ribs, 3rd in Pork and 1st in Brisket for a Reserve Championship (2nd Overall). This is our 7th Reserve Championship. Our next competition was a double cook on Memorial Day weekend at the Red, White and BBQ competition in Westmont, Illinois. This is always a big contest with 42 teams the first day and 55 teams the second. We finished 5th in Chicken, 8th in Pork and 3rd in Brisket the first day to finish 3rd place Overall. The second day we finished 2nd in Ribs and 7th in Brisket to grab our second Reserve Championship of the year. June 24th and 25th saw us at the Heritage Days BBQ Showdown in Belvidere, Illinois. A strong performance here had us 1st in the Burger contest, 3rd in Chicken, 1st in Ribs, 4th in Pork and 6th in Brisket and we gathered in our first Grand Championship of the year. Our latest contest was a Sam's Club Local Qualifier in South Bend, Indiana. We had a 4th in Chicken and a 3rd in Ribs and finished 10th Overall, but were unable to qualify for the Midwest Regional as we needed to finish 6th or better to advance. Luckily in two weeks we will be heading to Ypsilanti, Michigan to try and qualify again at their Sam's Club Local Qualifier. Hoping for 6th place or better Overall to advance. Next weekend we are in Kenosha, Wisconsin for their annual Grill Games Competition on the lakefront. (see our calendar for upcoming contests) Our Team of the Year (TOY) Standings are #20 for Chicken, #1 for Ribs, #23 for Pork and #6 for Brisket and Overall we are #1 in the country for teams with 5 contests or less.
by Jim Rohr 8.24.16