As any competition bbq team knows, weather can often play a major role at certain contests during the year, as Dizzy Pig sponsored team Diamond W Cookin’ Team discovered on a recent weekend full of competition bbq . . . and havoc-creating weather.
As any competition bbq team knows, weather can often play a major role at certain contests during the year, as Dizzy Pig sponsored team Diamond W Cookin’ Team discovered on a recent weekend full of competition bbq . . . and havoc-creating weather. Diamond W’s Kent Wheelis picks up the story:
“Diamond W decided to cook a doubleheader weekend to celebrate Memorial day. We headed to Victoria for the Memorial Day Bash on Friday morning. We decided to make a first run with our new Southern Q Limo, the first time it ever had meat in it was at the contest grounds Friday night. We ended up with a 4th place brisket out of a deep 62 team field”.
So far, so good. However, the next 48 hours would prove much more eventful for the team, in ways beyond their contest results.
“We then traveled to Selma for the Legends Fest. The trip itself was an adventure with 60 mile per hour cross winds. We set up and got rocking again, only to get a call stating that our neighborhood at home was being evacuated due to flooding. We watched the weather and continued to cook, getting updates from friends on the ground. We finished our cook and loaded up and headed home before awards. A big thanks to Joey and Kassie Smith for standing in for us at awards to accept the following: 1st place chicken, 15th place ribs, and 6th place brisket, totaling Reserve Grand Champion.”
The eventful weekend goes to show that sometimes it’s important to remember that the ‘big picture’ is what really counts.
“Thanks to Dizzy Pig Barbecue for the support, we couldn’t do what we do without y’all. We are moving back into our house over the next few days and fixing some minor damage. But, in comparison to so many in our area, we were really blessed.”
Please visit OBR’s website to raise awareness and please donate, if you can. www.bbqrelief.orgAfter we knew we were in the clear at home and got moved back in I got the call that Operation BBQ Relief was looking to deploy up river from us were the devastation was much worse. I loaded up our rig, met up with Joey Smith of Joe’s Cookshack, and several other volunteers in Wimberly. We spent 4 days at the search and rescue hub feeding families that had lost everything, first responders, and search and rescue volunteers. Almost all of the people we served hadn’t had a hot meal in 3 days, while working through debris for 14-18 hours a day when we arrived. I’m proud to say that 5,000 meals later, nobody lacked for a hot meal no matter the hour after we arrived.