2011 CenterPoint Energy Cookoff (UPDATED with QVIEW)

Discussion in 'Beef' started by reardenreturns, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. reardenreturns

    reardenreturns Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Hey guys,
    This weekend, I'm up for my first official cook off ever. Thanks to the help from everyone here, and alot of practice, I hope I'll do well. This event will have about 100 teams competing in ribs, brisket, chicken and chili. Who ever wins gets to represent CenterPoint Energy in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Cookoff. I'll post updates during and after the event to let you all know how it's going!!

    Thanks
    Rearden
     
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds like a good time.

    Best of luck to ya my friend, we'll be waiting for updates [​IMG]
     
  3. smokin vegas

    smokin vegas Smoking Fanatic

    Good Luck!!!!  I have been to the Houston Livestock and Rodeo.  It is so awesome!!!  I miss Texas but my honey is from Houston and he prefers Vegas so here we are.   I will never understand that. 
     
  4. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    Good luck and have fun
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Best of luck!
     
  6. smokin vegas

    smokin vegas Smoking Fanatic

    Anixous to hear how the cook off is going or went.
     
  7. reardenreturns

    reardenreturns Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Well folks, I didn't walk away with a trophy, but I think I did a damn good job. This year there were 90 teams competing in the chili, chicken, brisket and ribs portions of the competition. I think we fared well against our smokin' brethren. I definitely learned alot, and have good directions to go forward now! Now, here's some Qview.

    Brisket Entry
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    Chicken Entry
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    Ribs Entry
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    Chili Entry
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    Meats Cooking
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    Chili Cooking
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    Kitchen Setup: We did funnel cakes and chicken wings for our booth on the Friday Night party portion of the competition.
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  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It looks good to me, I've got to make a pot of chili now [​IMG]

    90 teams is a pretty hard field to contend with, but if you learned some things from the experience it was well

    worth it.

    I learn something new every time I compete.

    To be the best, you have to learn from the best.

    Thanks for the Qview buddy [​IMG]
     
  9. smokin vegas

    smokin vegas Smoking Fanatic

    It's all a learning process espeically when it is your first time.  Looks might good to me.  YUMMMMMMM!!!!!!!
     
  10. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    That is a tough first cook off.  I am here in the Houston area if you ever want to hang out when we are cooking in a cook off just let me know.  Most of our big ones are in the spring.
     
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think you did great Anthony!

    That's quite a setup you have there.

    Everything looks delicious, but the chili looks just awesome!
     
  12. reardenreturns

    reardenreturns Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Oct 17, 2011
  13. Loved the pics my friend. I sure would love to learn to cook chili. That looks wonderful....
     
  14. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good enough to eat

    [​IMG]Great pics

    JC1947
     
  15. reardenreturns

    reardenreturns Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Its really a fairly easy recipe. No big huge secrets on this one. One trick, tho, is that I use three different kinds of meat 1) 1/2# 80/20 ground beef, 2) 1/2# ground pork, 3) 1# chuck, done on a chili grind. Makes for a wonderfully varied texture in the final product.
     

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