Lets start with the bad. And the bad is my teams inconsistency over the past year or so out on the competition bbq trail. We just can't seem to put together solid efforts in all four categories on any kind of regular basis. Chicken has often been a problem, but when we put in a good showing on that front it seems inevitably we bomb Pork or Ribs. I'm sure not cooking quite as many contests as we used to has something to do with it. In Merrimack, NH this past weekend we trialed a new chicken recipe that we were happy with and came in 3rd. 1st place Brisket too. Ribs were OK and Pork (often a bread and butter category) was overcooked and bombed. We came in 3rd place overall which is nothing to sneeze at but I'm definitely frustrated and am looking to improve at the Troy, NY and Harpoon contests in July. The focus is consistency!
Now the good is a load of hard-shell lobsters I picked up recently. I cooked, picked all the meat and cyrovac'd for lobster rolls later in the summer. All the shells were used for a stock.... the plan is lobster and mushroom risotto for dinner tonite. :)