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Stokin It Up Swag 2015

Feb 10, 2015

 

We got in the rest of our 2015 line of Stokin It Up swag, last week. By swag, of course, I just mean t-shirts and koozies. And actually we only have a few t-shirts left, so really we just have a bunch of koozies. They’re pretty cool though. They have the SIU logo on one side and a list of last year’s cook off results on the other. Ok, maybe they’re not that cool, but I like them.

 

SIU Swag 2015.

 

 

 

LSBS Cooker of the Year BBQ Cook Off

Jan 17, 2015

 

I was a little nervous going into this one, having not competed since early August. I haven’t taken 5 months off in quite a while. But the weekend was a lot of fun and all of our entries turned out really well. We cooked the 7th best Brisket, 21st best Pork Spare Ribs, and 21st best Chicken (not joking, they called out to 25 places) out of 84 teams. I was really proud of that, especially considering the competition. A lot of the other cookers there were also accepting awards for how well they did in 2014 in LSBS cook offs.

 

When we picked up our trays on Friday night, Myla saw all the trophies on a table and got really excited and told me that she wanted one of them. So when our number was called, she went up with me, took the trophy, and wouldn't let me have it. It was really cute.

 

It got pretty cold Friday night, but my heater managed to keep our tent warm, at least, until it ran out of propane around 5am. Fortunately, my neighbors were cooking beside me, and they had an extra bottle I could use.

 

It was great to get back in the swing of things. I’m planning on cooking at the Bentwood Chilifest Jan 31st and at Chilly Chili Feb 14th. So it should be a fun but busy next few weeks.

 

Results.

 

LSBS COTY 2015 Trophy.

 

LSBS COTY 2015 Brisket.

 

 

 

When Innovation Strikes

Jan 5, 2015

 

I was going through the pile of clean laundry I’ve been slowly accumulating on the bed in my guest bed room when I had an interesting idea. Instead of keeping my clothes in one pile, what if I built a set of shelves for storing my clothes. Then I would be able to sort the clothes into individual piles based on type of clothing. One pile of clothes would be socks only, another would be shorts only, etc. And what if each pile was organized so that it was easier to look through, i.e. shirts could be stored right side out and folded so that the front was visible. This all seemed much more efficient than a pile of clothes on a bed.

 

So I was pretty happy with the system I had come up with, but it still seemed like I could improve it. Maybe, rather than mounting these shelves on a wall, they could be built into a box or chest. Then the shelves would have to be able to slide in and out of the chest, and they would need sides to keep the clothes from falling off of them while they are sliding. They would be like drawers. I guess this could be called a “chest of drawers.”

 

Anyway, seems like a cool idea. Someone should try it.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

Dec 15, 2014

 

This year Stokin It Up has the hottest gift of the holiday season, Stokin It Up BBQ Sauce. Come on, you know you want one.

 

 

Stokin It Up BBQ Sauce 2014.

 

 

 

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, THREE

Oct, 20 2014

 

Great new Marcel video from Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate.

 

 

 

 

1+1=1, right?

Oct, 20 2014

 

Myla trying to convince me 1+1=1.

 

M: "Daddy, I want an Oreo."

Me: "Ok."

M: "No, I want two Oreos."

Me: "You can have one Oreo."

M: "But I want two."

Me: "You can have one."

M: "Ok, I'll have one, and then I'll have another one."

Me: "No, that's still two."

M: "Oh."

 

 

 

Light Reading

Oct, 17 2014

 

Here are some books authored by my friend Frank Goerner. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a bit of light reading. They are available at Amazon. Buy them, try to read them, and, most importantly, use them to convince your friends you know about radiology. Workbook for Radiologic Science for Technologists: Physics, Biology, and Protection, 10e. Physics of Clinical MR Taught Through Images.

 

Since I'm on the topic of light reading here is my friend Ross Falcon's dissertation "Creating and Measuring White Dwarf Photospheres in a Terrestrial Laboratory". Print it out, get it bound, and put it in your guest bathroom. Then the next time your father in law is visiting and needs to make use of your facilities, he'll have something to peruse while he *something something* white dwarf *something something* photosphere *something something* *insert poop joke here*.

 

On the other hand, if you're going for a slightly more sophisticated use of the paper, but, like the rest of us, aren't capable of actually understanding its content, I say spend a little money and get it bound with a proper front and back cover. It could then be prominently displayed on your coffee table for your guests to pick up, read half of the title, and immediately put back down without asking any questions.

 

Sincerely though, Frank and Ross are two dear friends of mine. We went to undergrad together, and now they both have PHDs and are published. I'm so proud of them and what they have done in their careers.

 

 

 

The 1st Ever Circleville Store BBQ Cook Off

Aug 2, 2014

 

We had a great time and managed to get 10th place Chicken, but some how didn't get a photo of it. Results.

 

 

Circleville Store 2014 Entries.

 

 

 

TFW BBQ Cup Chase #2 BBQ Cook Off

July 19, 2014

 

This was a the second of three in a great cook off series. We won 6th place Beans and 6th place Chicken against some strong competition. Results.

 

TFW BBQ Cup Chase #2 2014 Entries.

 

 

 

Thorndale VFD BBQ Cook Off

June 28, 2014

 

We won 3rd place Cook's Choice, 5th place Chicken, and 7th place Pork Spare Ribs.

 

Thorndale VFD 2014 Entries.

 

 

 

Elgin VFD BBQ Cook Off

April 26, 2014

 

This week I won 4th place Beans and 6th place Cook's Choice. Results.

 

Elgin VFD 2014 Trophies.

 

Elgin VFD 2014 Cook's Choice.

 

 

 

2014 Cap 10K

April 6, 2014

 

The Stokin It Up corporate team made it's third annual appearance in the Capitol 10,000 this year.

 

Before

 

Capitol 10000 2014, before.

 

After

 

Capitol 10000 2014, after.

 

 

 

Smokin' On The Red BBQ Cook Off

Mar 1, 2014

 

I went all the way to Bossier City for this cook off with my neighbors. I used one of their water cookers and managed to win 15th place Pork Spare Ribs.

 

Smoking On The Red 2014 Sign.

 

Smoking On The Red 2014 Ribs.

 

 

 

VFW 8787 Chilly Chili and BBQ Cook Off

Feb 8, 2014

 

This was another cold one. We won 10th place Chili and Final Table Beans, Cook's Choice, and Brisket. Results.

 

Chilly Chili 2014 Trophy.

 

 

 

VFW 8787 Chilly Chili and BBQ Cook Off

Feb 6, 2014

 

I'll be cooking at Chilly Chili this weekend in Austin. More info here.

 

 

 

LSBS-COTY BBQ Cook Off

Jan 18, 2014

 

This was a cold one, but it was a lot of fun. And I got a video of Myla finding her shadow for the first time! So that really made the weekend. We won 9th place Brisket against some really good teams. Results.

 

LSBS COTY 2014 Trophy.

 

LSBS COTY 2014 Brisket.

 

 

 

LSBS-COTY BBQ Cook Off

Jan 16, 2014

 

I'll be cooking in the LSBS-COTY Cook Off this weekend in Burnet. More info here.

 

 

 

Western W3 Gruene HD BBQ Cookoff

Nov 25, 2013

 

Skunked! Everything turned out well, but I didn't make a final table.

 

Skunked.

 

Western W3 Gruene HD 2013 Chicken.

 

Western W3 Gruene HD 2013 Ribs.

 

Western W3 Gruene HD 2013 Brisket.

 

 

 

Western W3 Gruene HD BBQ Cookoff

Nov 20, 2013

 

Heading down to Gruene this weekend for the Western W3 Gruene Harley-Davidson Cook Off. With 150 teams and over $30,000 in pay out, this should be a fun one. More info here.

 

 

 

Taylor SPJST BBQ Cook Off

Sep 28, 2013

 

I won 6th place Chicken and Final Table Pork Spare Ribs.

 

Taylor SPJST 2013 Trophy.

 

Taylor SPJST 2013 Chicken.

 

 

 

Taylor SPJST BBQ Cook Off

Sep 23, 2013

 

I'll be cooking in the Taylor SPJST cook off this weekend.

 

 

 

American Legion Post 317 BBQ Cook Off

Sep 14, 2013

 

I won 5th place Brisket and 7th place Chicken.

 

American Legion Post 317 September 2013 Trophy.

 

American Legion Post 317 September 2013 Brisket.

 

American Legion Post 317 Septmeber 2013 Chicken.

 

 

 

American Legion Post 317 BBQ Cook Off

Sep 9, 2013

 

I'll be heading over to another cook off at American Legion Post 317 in Jarrell this weekend.

 

 

 

What does the fox say?

Sep 6, 2013

 

Here's a ridiculous video that's impossible not to love.

 

 

 

 

Taylor Rodeo BBQ Cookoff

July 20, 2013

 

I won 3rd place Pork Spare Ribs, 6th place Brisket, 7th place Chicken, and 7th place Beans.

 

Taylor Rodeo 2013 Trophy.

 

Taylor Rodeo 2013 Ribs.

 

Taylor Rodeo 2013 Brisket.

 

Taylor Rodeo 2013 Chicken.

 

 

 

Taylor Rodeo BBQ Cookoff

July 16, 2013

 

The Taylor Rodeo BBQ Cookoff is this weekend. I'll be out there cooking and hoping to get a little lucky. More info here.

 

 

 

Thorndale VFD BBQ Cookoff

June 24, 2013

 

I won 2nd place Chicken and Final Table Pork Spare Ribs.

 

Thorndale 2013 Trophy.

 

Thorndale 2013 Chicken.

 

 

 

Thorndale VFD BBQ Cookoff

June 17, 2013

 

Looking forward to cooking this weekend at the Thorndale VFD BBQ Cook Off. More info here.

 

 

 

Holland Cornfest BBQ Cookoff

June 16, 2013

 

I won 1st place Exotic, 3rd place Chicken, 10th place Corn, and Final Table Beans, Pork Spare Ribs, and Brisket.

 

Cornfest 2013 Myla.

 

Cornfest 2013 Trophies.

 

Cornfest 2013 Exotic.

 

Cornfest 2013 Chicken.

 

Cornfest 2013 Corn.

 

 

 

My Sister's Going to Africa

June 13, 2013

 

My sister has a new website jaynellen.com and has started a new blog jaynellen.wordpress.com. She will be blogging about her experiences over the next two years as a Peace Corp volunteer in Benin, Africa. I can't recommend it enough.

 

 

 

Holland Cornfest BBQ Cookoff

June 12, 2013

 

I'll be cooking at the Holland Corn Fest BBQ Cookoff this weekend. This one is CTBA sactioned and has a corn category, so we'll see how that goes. Come out and have some Que. More info here.

 

 

 

From the Desk of Dr. Frank

May 2, 2013

 

Here's a fun article recommended by Dr. Frank. It details some important information regarding sweating in the upcoming Texas summer.

 

 

 

Elgin VFD BBQ Cook Off

April 20, 2013

 

I won 9th place Open(Chicken Diablos) and 12th place Pork Spare Ribs. Results.

 

Elgin 2013 Open.

 

 

 

Elgin VFD BBQ Cook Off

April 16, 2013

 

I'm heading out to Elgin this weekend for the IBCA sactioned Elgin VFD BBQ Cook Off. It's the first cook off of the year to have all of Cherrylawn BBQ competing. It should be a lot of fun! More info here.

 

 

 

2013 Statesman Cap 10K

April 20, 2013

 

The Stokin It Up corporate team ran in the Capitol 10,000 race. Some of our participants really put out some effort, others of us just sort of cruised.

 

Capitol 10000 2013.

 

Around mile 3.

 

Myla at the Capitol 10000 2013.

 

 

 

Cedar Fest BBQ Cook Off

Mar 23, 2013

 

I won 10th place Chicken and Final Table Beans, Open(Bacon Babies), and Brisket. Results.

 

 

 

Cedar Fest BBQ Cook Off

Mar 12, 2013

 

I will be cooking in the Cedar Fest Cook Off on March 23 at Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park. This one is LSBS sactioned, come out and have some BBQ. More info here.

 

 

 

American Legion Post 317 BBQ Cook Off

Mar 9, 2013

 

I won 3rd place Brisket and 3rd place Chicken.

 

American Legion Post 317 March 2013 Brisket.

 

 

 

American Legion Post 317 BBQ Cook Off

Mar 6, 2013

 

I'll be cooking in the American Legion Post 317 BBQ Cook Off this weekend in Jarrell.

 

 

 

LSBS-COTY BBQ Cook Off

Jan 19, 2013

 

Skunked!

 

Skunked.

 

 

 

LSBS-COTY BBQ Cook Off

Jan 14, 2013

 

LSBS-COTY BBQ Cook Off is coming up this weekend at VFW 8787 in Austin. There should be a lot of good teams at this one, and also me. Hopefully we can stay warm. More info here.

 

 

 

Rockdale Fair BBQ Cook Off

Oct 20, 2012

 

We won 6th place Brisket, 6th place Pork Spare Ribs, 9th place Beans, and 10th place Open(Shrimp Diablos).

 

Rockdale Fair 2012 Trophies.

 

 

 

Taylor SPJST BBQ Cook Off

Sep 29, 2012

 

I made Final Table Open(Shrimp Diablos) and Dessert(Blackberry Cobbler).

 

 

 

Wild Game Expo Apache Pass BBQ Cook Off

Sep 22, 2012

 

We won 9th place Wild Game.

 

 

 

Taylor Jaycees BBQ Cook Off

Aug 18, 2012

 

We won 5th place Lamb, 9th place Pork Spare Ribs, and Final Table Goat.

 

 

 

Taylor Rodeo BBQ Cook Off

July 21, 2012

 

I won 2nd place Brisket.

 

Taylor Rodeo 2013 Trophy.

 

 

 

Thorndale VFD BBQ Cook Off

June 23, 2012

 

I made Final Table Brisket.

 

 

 

Elgin VFD BBQ Cook Off

April 21, 2012

 

I won 13th place Brisket.

 

 

 

Fayette County Fair BBQ Cook Off

Sep 4, 2011

 

We won 1st place Brisket and 10th place Chicken.

 

Fayette County Fair 2011 Trophies.

 

 

 

Thorndale VFD BBQ Cook Off

June 27, 2009

 

In our first time to cook on the pit, we won 2nd place Chicken.

 

Thorndale 2009 Trophy.