Monday, April 30, 2007 

Competition Update

I just received confirmation that we've gotten into the Lake Placid event listed below. We're very excited. Ironically, it wasn't barbecue that helped us sneak into an already full event - it was our baked goods!

At Harpoon we've always been unique in that we offer baked goods like cookies and cakes in addition to the pulled pork and brisket. I'm glad that strategy has paid off. New York here we come!

On another note, I'll have an update from this weekend's barbecue and related party as soon as I have a free evening, which should be Wednesday.

Until then...cook it slow and low.


Friday, April 27, 2007 


This is a late night post. Or should I say "early morning"?

One of my favorite things about barbecue is being outside in the middle of the night. This is my first big cook since mid-winter. I've got eight or nine guys coming over for an evening of barbecue, cigars and Texas Hold'em. And I suppose there'll be a drink or two.

But right now, it's mild outside. Down the valley from my house hundreds of peepers are just going to town. I love this time of year. It's too early for bugs but not too early to be smoking meat.

Peace be with ya'll.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007 

And so it begins

The new barbecue season is upon us. Team Howling Hog was finally able to get our schedules to mesh, and we held a team meeting over grilled flank steak and grilled sweet potatoes.

This season we're ramping up our participation in the events in our region. We'll be competing in a total of six events at three locations, provided we can still get into the events at this point. The events we'll be at are:

Event: Rockin' Rib Fest - N.H. State Barbecue Championships in Merrimack, NH
Dates: The event takes place on June 23 and 24.
Competition: 6/23 - NEBS Grilling competition, 6/24 - NEBS barbecue competition

Event: I Love Barbecue Festival in Lake Placid, NY
Dates: The event takes place on June 29-July 1..
Competition: 6/29 - NEBS Midnight Grilling Competition, 7/1 - NEBS barbecue competition

Event: Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue in Windsor, VT
Dates: The event takes place on July 28th-29th.
Competition: 7/28 - NEBS barbecue competition, 7/29 - NEBS grilling competition

We're looking forward to an exciting new barbecue season and several new events. In the next couple of weeks, there'll be more information posted here at our new site, including an opportunity for the Howling Hog faithful to become sponsors of their favorite barbecue team. Competitive barbecue isn't cheap, and we aren't rich, so we're trying to find ways that we can help subsidize our competitive barbecue addiction. More to come on that.

Until my next post, be well and always cook with fire.