A Very Well Organized Impromptu BBQ in Wolcott CT

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A BBQ Challenge that gets no Publicity but draws Hundreds to taste the food

Peterson Field in Wolcott CT had an aroma coming out that drew the attention of a lot of neighbors. By 7 AM, the activity field had at least a half dozen tents erected and the cookers and smokers were being fired up for the day's cooking.

BBQ in Wolcott CT

It's an event that started with a friendly neighborhood challenge as to who was the best at ribs. A date was set for mid September for the cook off and friends were invited to be the judges. That was 8 years ago and it was determined a draw.

As friends gathered to taste that first day's offerings, requests were made to attend the challenge the following year and compete as well. That snowball started to roll and this year there were 17 teams in competition with hundreds of spectators roaming the fields tasting the appetizers being offered.

The date is set, the word goes out to the previous year's participants, the park permits are obtained and all prepare. Now the entrants for the taste competition pay an entrance fee and cash awards are offerd for best ribs, best chicken, best  'other' as well as best display. There are 3 cash prizes per category and there are official judges that do all of the tasting.

wolcott CT BBQ eventWhile the cooking is being done, one can walk the booths and taste samplings of ribs, brisket, various dips, chili, some of which needs a written release of liability before it can be sampled. There are also steak sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, home made sausage as well as some chips and dips for those that don't eat meat.

All were having a great time, and the food was all so special with the secret rubs and spices being applied in an attempt to win that special first prize.

It was a special day, totally impromptu with several hundred attendees all enjoying the day and the food. I hope I can catch the date next year, as I will make sure not to eat before I get there


A Very Well Organized Impromptu BBQ in Wolcott CT

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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I am craving some bbq -- and it is much to late to go out to get some! 

Sep 20, 2014 01:58 PM #1
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Ed, that BBQ cookoff sure sounds like something I would be involved in. That is tasting all the different entries.

Sep 20, 2014 02:17 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

What a wonderful event Ed.....good food, good friends, good times.

Sep 20, 2014 07:26 PM #3
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Ed. I can well imagine that this event will bring out lots of people. Some of these ribs must really be amazing, based on some of the equipment these vendors have.

Sep 20, 2014 07:56 PM #4
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Oink, MOO-ve over and seems many are in hog heaven. Smoked 'em on this local event that needs some attention although seems to be mosey along under it's own steam. Love the oil drum cooker concoction.

Sep 20, 2014 08:13 PM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, bet it smelled good for blocks, and bet those ribs were tasty! 

Sep 20, 2014 10:46 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Ed,

The best kind of event..impromptu..lots of serious cooking after checking out their grills! Great food, fun and mingling with friends!

Sep 20, 2014 10:47 PM #7
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists

Whoa - that looks great Ed!  I want one of those smokers.  Nothing better than BBQ

Sep 20, 2014 11:07 PM #8
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Ed -- You'll have to apply for the official judge position next year. That's some heavy duty BBQing going on there in Wolcott.

Sep 21, 2014 08:32 AM #9
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good evening Ed ... now that is some serious barbecue.  These teams take their cooking to heart.  I bet there was a lot of finger licking at this event. 

Sep 21, 2014 11:18 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed this is my kind of event.  You are going to have to give a little notice on this one next year so that a few of us can go and sample some of the BBQ.

Sep 21, 2014 12:04 PM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Lots of booths I see! Well done!

Sep 22, 2014 04:11 PM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ah.... this is what life is all about. Sweet smells, serendipity, good food, good people, and great location too!

Sep 22, 2014 08:16 PM #13
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