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The American Royal – Friday, September 30th

Chris and Shelton were both super stoked about competing in the 2011 American Royal.

Chris Marks and Shelton getting stoked about the event

Chris showing us how to remove the membrane on the beef ribs (brisket on a stick). One and done. If you have never done this before, just use paper towels to grip the membrane and pull. As always, Chris makes it look simple.

Chris showing us how to remove the membrane

Shelton is using a fork to poke holes in the lower membrane. You do this between each rib. This helps break down the connective tissue, making the ribs easier to cut and allows the smoke to penetrate deeper.

Prepping the ribs

Shelton is lightly sprinkling Memphis rub on a rack of beef ribs. Just like with Brisket, we try to stick with a rub that accents the beef flavor. Memphis rub does just that.

Putting rub on the beef ribs

Finally 32 racks of beef and pork ribs are on the smokers. Time to relax before the Ace of Hearts party starts. Since The Good One smokers hold their temperature perfectly, we decided to take the time to go walk around and check out the event.

We ran into Johnny Trigg. He is a really down to earth guy. When Johnny bumped into Chris Marks he asked him how many Royals he had won. Pretty cool.  Hopefully we can get Johnny out to the store to do a class or two.

Johnny Trigg

We got a chance to check out the new Fast Eddys pellet grill smoker. Check out the¬†suicide doors, they’re pretty sweet.

The new Cookshack  Grill smoker

The new Fast Eddy’s smoker is something to behold. The left third is a 600+ degree pellet open flame grill and the right side is a low and slow pellet smoker. They have also incorporated a warming drawer that can double as a cold smoker. (It’s on the bottom right, and the drawer on the left is the ash pan.)

Open Fast Eddys pellet grill/smoker

We saw this custom ice chest rack that Tuffy built for his motor home. It was designed to be high enough to clear their trailer smoker.

Custom ice chest  rack

These were everywhere. I am no electrician, but this does not look like it is up to code. I don’t usually see bungie cords used with electrical boxes.

Electrical Box

After we got back from our walk the guys from Old World Spices prepared over 600 jalapeno poppers! All three of the fillings they used were fantastic.

Jalapeno cores

Cored, stuffed and on the smoker. We were ready for the party. 32 racks of beef and pork ribs and 600+ jalapeno poppers. The Good One Trail Boss is an unbelievable pit smoker!

Jalapeno poppers on the smoker

An American Royal tradition. The Three Little Pigs team getting the event kicked off with a round of whiskey shots.

Event kick off shots

Setting them up.

Pouring the kickoff shots

Chris is cutting up ribs for his guests.

Cutting up ribs for our guests

The Ace of Hearts ladies! Perry (in the background) explaining the features of The Good One smokers.

Perry educating a visitor.

Uh oh, the party just got kicked up a notch. Our Arizona friends Jeff Caler & crew are in the house.

The party finally starts

The meat and whiskey lifestyle caught up to a few people.
Clearing out the casualties

After a long night of food and drink we went to bed, getting some much needed rest.

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