Kansas City, Missouri – October 2006
Our third year straight at the Royal Invitational, and the drive out is not getting any shorter! As with the other years, this was an event to remember. It is a scene like no other, and this year was no different. This year the Invitational had 85 teams that turned food into the judges, and once again we improved on last year’s results. Our pork, which has been doing well all year long, continued to wow the judges, and we were rewarded with a 9th place call up to the stage! Of the four categories, we only got one call that was not in the top 50th percentile, and that consistency netted us an 11th place overall finish…sadly, just 2 ten thousandths of a point from being listed as a top ten overall team! Congrats to Mike Davis, and Lotta Bull BBQ for not only a banner year, but for winning the invitational! And to our friends on the Smokin Clones team for a strong Reserve Grand Championship showing….only 4 ten thousandths behind the winner!
The Royal is always an amazing scene. Our only regret as we are driving home is that there is just not enough time to get around and see everyone we know. Sometimes you spend 10 minutes with someone, and you wish you could have spent a couple hours. But with 2 contests to cook, and with everyone else being overwhelmed with good friends too, we just run out of time. Still, we got to hang out with dozens and dozens of good friends, and the whole team had the time of our lives. As a bonus, we got to drive home knowing we made some major strides with our 11th place overall finish in, what some say, is the toughest contest on the circuit. The Royal Invitational.