Thursday, January 21, 2010

BBQ Pitmasters on TLC: Episode 06

Diamond State BBQ Championship

The sixth episode was filmed in Dover, Delaware at the Diamond State BBQ Championship. It starts out with Tuffy giving an unprepared Myron one of his extra briskets for the competition since Myron delivery fell through. They spent so much time discussing how Tuffy hoped the decision wouldn't bite him in the ass, you almost knew it would by the end of the episode. Johnny Trigg and Paul Peterson weren't featured in this competition, although Johnny makes an appearance at the awards in the end.

No surprise here, the volatile relationship between LeAnn and her boyfriend Billy is over, and she now will have to do all the cooking (gasp!) instead of kicking Billy around. In the middle of the night, she had to call over some other guy to help her get the equipment going, and her dad came to the rescue on turn-in day to help get things done.

One of the former members of Harry Soo's team, Gary, decided to compete on his own, starting up a potential rivalry. He's putting much of his money on the pork, paying extra for Kurobuta pork (that's a fancy Japanese name for Berkshire pork).

The game inside the game for this episode was the weather. It was cold and rainy, so the fires were burning much quicker, and some of the competitors let their fire go out. Everyone took the chance to complain about the rain, but the most fun was the friendly verbal sparring in the rain between Tuffy and Myron who were parked next to one another.

Both Tuffy and Myron made their wives run for it to turn in the briskets, but they both made it on time.

The judges, one of which was guest judge Herschel Walker (he didn't make it on camera), braved the weather under a tent for the tasting. Once the votes were tallied, none of the show's competitors made the top five, but Myron finished the highest at sixth place, with a first place showing in brisket (no surprise from all the foreshadowing). LeAnn was eighth, Tuffy was twefth, and Gary beat his mentor Harry by 3 places at twenty-sixth.

We'll see you next week at the Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Georgia, so Myron will be on his home turf.

- BBQ Snob

1 comment:

Unknown said...

At one point, Gary starts up a new Chimney of charcoal. Any ideas what that reflective mat the chimney starter is? I need something so I don't destroy the pool deck (again) the next time I need to fire up a new chimney of coal.


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.