Bel Air, Maryland – August 2005
Never having been to Bel Air we did not know what to expect, but we had heard great reports. Well, again we had the pleasure of cooking a very well-run and organized event. Good thing too, because the record heat was a huge challenge in itself. They kept the ice coming, and took good care of everyone. Judges were all certified, Jerry and Linda Mulane were great KCBS reps, as usual, and Craig Ward did a bang up job….both as organizer, and the MC for the awards.
Chris and John set up Thursday night, then Friday Chris flew solo until Kenny and John arrived later that evening…it was a lot of work for one person in 100 degree heat, and by the time John and Kenny arrived Chris felt like passing out. We pulled it all together and kept the cookers goin steady all night. Then Saturday morning things kept falling into place with our cooking. Stuff was done right on time. Color was right. And in spite of the stifling heat, the Dizzy Pigs kept it positive and upbeat. It paid off with our best finish ever. 666 points on the score sheet with nothing lower than a 4th place finish. It was an honor for us to finish 22 points ahead of the second place team. There was no shortage of good cooks at this one. We are still pouring cold water on ourselves.