Monday, July 20, 2009
This was the heading in my email when I checked it the other day. I recently took the 4 hour long class in Loveland, Co. the night before the Loveland Loves BBQ event. There were 17 registered for the class and all 17 showed up for the class. The class instructor was Merle Whitebook who is a Master KCBS Judge. Merle went over the instruction program with skill and grace, not to mention he has probably put this class on more times than I have eaten BBQ. We learned about the smoke ring on the meat, the types of meat, the garnish type that is allowed, and how to present the BBQ plate to the judges. I have a new respect for the BBQ competitiors and what they are up against.
Now that I am a KCBS Judge I can sign up for any of the KCBS events as long as they have an opening. I am going to try and judge the BBQ At The Summit in Dillon, Co. in early August. I will follow up this post with my experience.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Here are some more links to other competition teams not mentioned on the KCBS website:
(...more to be added...)
If you are interested in any of the competions that go on in Colorado make sure you visit the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association:
A friend of mine that I work with wanted to join me for a lunch outing and suggested I pick another great place to eat at. Since we work in the area I thought I would introduce him to M&D's for lunch. M&D's sits on the corner of E. 28th and Race. We walked in and were greeted by the afternoon lunch host and were seated with in 45 seconds of walking in the door. After looking over the menu I decided to try the hot link sandwich with my side dish of potato salad. Tony decided to try the rib sandwich but instead he was served the lunch portion of ribs and his side was also potato salad. I ordered a delicious glass of their lemonade. When the plates arrived on out table you could smell the sauce that smothered the meat. Now I need to tell you that at M&D's their sauces range from mild, medium, and hot. Now at most traditional restaurants the sauce name indicated the hotness of the sauce served, however at M&D's mild is medium, medium is hot, and hot is extra hot. I learned this from a few visits ago and thus have never made the same mistake twice. If you need to question the hotness of any of their homemade sauces just ask for a taste/sample to make you sure are consuming the correct sauce level. For those that want an adventurous eating I recommend their hot sauce. The hot link was served on a bun with 2 links that were surgically sliced down the middle making it look like four links. The first bite into the link was very memorable because it was a combination of sweet from the links and mild hot from the sauce (I ordered mild). What a great marriage of sweet and hot on this sandwich in front of me. Then after the bite I lifted some of the potato salad with my fork and destroyed every last bit that was on my fork. WOW, their potato salad is somewhat sweet, and yellow in color to let people know that mustard was used in making that hue. My mom's potato salad would put up a mean fight to M&D's in a head-to-head challenge. Of course I would chose my moms because I am a little bias. After the lunch was over Tony ranted and raved about how the ribs he devoured were honestly in the top 2% of best ribs he had ever had. On the way back to our office with satisfied stomachs we both agreed on the potato salad. The portions they server at M&D's Cafe are very consistent and large enough to have a meal the next day. The service was a little slow that day but we understood as they a large party in the back room that was consuming most of the attention. The waitstaff are very polite and make you feel like you are a regular even if it is your first time eating their.
M&D's also serves fish at their cafe. You can order Catfish, Whiting, Red Snapper, or a 1/2 BBQ 1/2 fish combo plate. Be sure to save room at the end of your dinner for some of M&D's sweets.
Interesting Menu items include fried green tomatoes, fried okra, and sweet potato pie.
Interesting lunch pairing at M&D's: Fried Chicken and Waffles (only on Sunday's)
GOSPEL SUNDAYS at M&D's Cafe
Sunday-go-to-meeting has a whole new meaning at M&D’s Cafe. Every third Sunday of the month we feature LIVE GOSPEL MUSIC performed right in our restaurant from 2 - 4 p.m.
Soul Food Menu served from noon - 6 p.m. Our menu changes, so be sure to ask what our special fare will be when you make your reservations.