Pork in the Park 2011 Behind the Scenes

Pork in the Park 2011, the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned Maryland State Championship

Held in Salisbury, Maryland on April 15 – 17, 2011, it is the second largest KCBS sanctioned event in the country, and the largest on the East Coast. This year it was a success despite the weather.

Here’s how we spent our day there:

We arrived on Saturday April 16th on a windy, blustery, and very busy day in the competition area. Teams were running to get the pork turn-in done on time.

For the first time in our 4 years attending, we were able to get into the judges tent for a few pictures. It was amazingly quiet. We got in just as they were beginning to judge the pork entries – the next-to-last turn in, to be followed by the brisket.


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HotSauceDaily In Top Ten Most Influential BBQ Groups

Groupable Names Most Influential BBQ Groups
In Honor of Father’s Day

What a cool group to be a part of! We came in at number 8!
Groupable’s Top 10 list of the most socially influential dad-related BBQ groups*:

Rank Group Name Score (GI) Updates/wk Followers Engagement
1 BBQ Pit Boys 87 1.6 987 High
2 Burger Doctor 78 19.9 10416 Average
3 BBQ Addicts 68 22.9 2399 Average
4 Hucks Hut 67 1.9 61 Very High
5 BBQ Junkie 55 2.7 185 High
6 White Trash BBQ 55 5.0 547 High
7 BBQ Grail 53 5.0 1490 Average
8 HotSauceDaily 53 9.3 1061 Average
9 Grill God 51 24.4 3815 Very High
10 Eat More Heat 50 12.5 1329 Average
*Representative data points for the GI formula

From Groupable.com:

Let’s hear it for the dads. We got a lot of buzz from our Mother’s Day “moms group” study, so today we’re announcing our list of the most active and influential dad-related groups. This year’s list focuses on groups involved with one of the most traditional Father’s Day activities – the backyard barbecue. The Top 10 list ranks BBQ groups who are among the most engaged within their socio-demographic target and who have the greatest potential to influence buying decisions.

Based on our proprietary Groupability Index, influence ratings take into account Groupable’s sponsorship activity data as well as activity from a variety of social media data points including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Klout Score, blogs, and podcasts. The index rating is calculated based upon aggregate scores in the following categories: authenticity, engagement and relevance.

Barbecues and dads go hand-in-hand on Father’s Day. The barbecue is one of the oldest cooking methods known to man. It’s a primal, social and unifying experience, and it smells good, too. Dads who are part of these groups are passionate and influential about the art and enjoyment of this activity. These are the types of groups brands like to reach. Brands can use Groupable’s ratings as a filter to find groups that will be both responsive to marketing initiatives as well as influential in spreading the word of these brand experiences.
Brochin notes that a group’s collective influence and ability to spread a message can reach a much wider audience as compared to that of an individual. “It’s about knowing which groups to engage with so as to maximize word-of-mouth equity,” Brochin says. “The Groupability Index provides marketers with a single reference point that captures a group’s ultimate influence potential.”

For more Top Influential dad-related groups, go to http://influence.groupable.com/dads.

Table courtesy of EatMoreHeat.com

Hot and Spicy on History Channel Modern Marvels

This Press Release just came in from Bruce and Cindy Wilkens of CinChili.com:


Tune into the History Channel, Thursday March 18th at 8 PM, Eastern Time; 7 PM Central. The Modern Marvels series, will be broadcasting a new episode, called Hot & Spicy.

Chili head alert!

It’s time to get hot and spicy. First we’ll take you to the home of sizzling Tabasco sauce–McIlhenny Company of Louisiana, and to McCormick in Baltimore, Maryland–the leading spice manufacturer in the world.

Then, head down south to see who likes it hot at the Southern Mississippi Chili Cook Off. At the Chile Pepper Institute, taste the rare “Bhut Jolokia,” the hottest Chile pepper in the world, and learn about the chemical substance capsaicin, which gives the “Bhut” and other popular peppers their tongue-burning heat.
At Sol Toro restaurant in Connecticut, owned by basketball great Michael Jordan, customers need to sign a waiver to dine on their sizzling dishes.
Go to the manufacturers of horseradish, wasabi and mustard to find out how their roots and seeds deliver their own distinctive blazing burn.
Using the same heat many savor, we”ll demonstrate the powerful punch of pepper spray as a weapon.
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Hot Sauce Sundae Hot Sauce News 07/19/09

Links to News in the Hot Sauce and BBQ World

Featured this Sundae: Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire in Ohio takes place next weekend (Aug 1 & 2, 2009), TomsHotSauce.com gives some great advice and tips on getting your hot sauce recipe bottled and ready for sale, 3 Do-it-yourself recipes for making your own hot sauce, some great tips and recipes for tailgating / backyard partying, and a new 3rd location in Maryland for Boog’s Barbecue.
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Hot Sauce Sundae – Hot Sauce News – 04/19/09

Links to News in the Hot Sauce World

This week in Hot Sauce News, we feature chicken paprika (pronounced pah-pree-kahsh), from Cheryl Julian of the Boston Globe, Wrigley Field Bar & Grill in Fort Wayne, IN has some awesome wings and grilled cheese, the Sixth Annual Pork in the Park at Salisbury, MD gets bigger each year, that “Special Sauce” from condiment packets, and a hard to find homemade Blue Cheese Dressing recipe.
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Where are the Hot Sauce Reviews? – Update

People Are Asking “Where are the Hot Sauce Reviews?”


Photo by Editor B

I’ve been writing a lot about BBQ lately, probably because I’ve got Spring Fever and with the “every-other-day” of warm weather here in Maryland, I’m getting jazzed about cooking and barbecueing and smoking outside.

I’m planning a full month of BBQ reviews, recipes and goodies for a “May is National BBQ Month” series. If you’d like to be included with your recipe, or pics, or website, leave a Comment below. Maybe you could be a Guest Blogger!

But I assure you, dear friends and chileheads, I have lots of Hot Sauce reviews up my sleeve too.

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Hot Sauce Sundae – Hot Sauce News – 04/05/09

Links to News in the Hot Sauce World

This week: 1500 hot wings in one sitting, a review of Joe Perry’s Boneyard Brew hot sauce, Texas Pete’s – the story behind the brand, one woman’s quest for the Perfect BBQ Sauce, and Bone Suckin’ sauce gets a big thumbs up from consumersearch.com

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Hot Sauce Sundae – Hot Sauce News – 03/29/09

Links to News in the Hot Sauce World

I’m launching a new weekly series called Hot Sauce Sundae where I’ll list a few links to news of the hot sauce world.

For this first post, I’m starting with the Scoville Scale, the Cajun Hot Sauce Festival in Louisiana, Hard Times in hot sauce, awesome wing sauce from Defcon Sauces, from the Pope of Peppers, Dave DeWitt: Cooking with fresh chile peppers, and HotSauceTube.com launches. Here we go!

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