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The American Royal – Saturday, October 1st – Part 1

On the way to the event Christopher asked his Dad if we could stop by the store and get some snacks for the day. Chris responded, “Well we have sausages.” Fortunately we stopped by the store and picked up a few things to break up the all day only sausage diet.

I am still a bit uncomfortable with KC small hoodie fashion trend, but the kids seem to love it. I guess it is better than saggy pants.

Getting ready to get the sausages on the smoker

Prepping the sausage fatties for the smoker.

Prepping the sausage

After you do this for awhile you can sleep anywhere.

Getting some shut eye

KCBS Officials checking the coolers for the competition. Everything checked out.

Checking the ice chests

Time to go on a walkabout. The area of the competition was under the freeway. There’s an eerie feeling late at night with the sound of cars, and lingering clouds of smoke.

Under the bridge

After we got back from our walk I powered up on some cold milk.

Powering up on milk

The sausage logs are well on their way to being finished. We temped them just to be safe.

It was going to be a meat only day again. However our buddy Mike Smoots pulled through with some biscuits and all was right with the world again.

Smoots' biscuits

After a glutinous breakfast of giant sausage slabs and smoked biscuits we started prepping the meats. The brisket was first on the list. Shelton breathed deep as he realized the gravity of the moment. This is the turn in brisket for the Three Little Pigs team, gulp!

Trimming a brisket

Jaccarding the brisket. Mike Smoots had to show Shelton the “mad man technique” when it came to Jaccarding the briskets. This involved hitting the meat so hard the table bounced.(that is a bbq statement, please do not take it out of context.)

Jaccarding the brisket

Wrapped and seasoned briskets ready for the ice chest.

Wrapping the brisket

Our neighbor took an early morning rip of Kentucky go juice.

Liquid courage

Smoots and Mike worked together to get all the butts injected.

Injecting the pork butts

Smoots and Mike applied the rub to the butts.

Putting rub on the butts

Once again Christopher demonstrated his amazing ability to sleep virtually anywhere.

Christopher sleeping on the ground

The smoked spatchcock chicken made for a great mid afternoon snack. Yep, you got it. More meat. Just meat. That is all you eat. meat, meat, meat, meat.

Smoked spatchcock chicken

After the fueling up, we went for for another wander. I took a peek at the judges meeting. It was interesting to see who was going to judging our food.

American Royal Judges Meeting

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