Peter VanRysdam / Marketing / July 10th, 2008

The BBQ Cookoff at 352 Media Group Was a Showdown for the Ages!

I guess I didn’t make myself clear…that was the problem.

I enjoy barbecueing.  Sitting out on the porch all day with a good book and a cold beer, tending to the smoker…that’s my idea of a great day.  I’ve even watched a couple of BBQ competitions on TV.  Everyone makes the same dish, everyone uses the same style, and their judged blindly.  I thought it would be fun to challenge our company CEO, who also enjoys his time at the grill, to a good old fashioned barbecue.

I guess I didn’t make myself clear…that was the problem.

First there was the cooking style.  I agreed after some convincing to let Geoff use a gas grill.  Then, there was the menu.  Here’s where the fireworks exploded.  There was much discussion about what constitutes BBQ; is it anything made on a grill?  That was Geoff’s position.  Is it brisket, pork, ribs, or chicken cooked indirectly over low heat for several hours?  That’s my take.  Apparently there wasn’t a consensus…

I can complain all day, or I can show you what happened.  All I can say is next time we’ll be making identical dishes, and judging will be blind.  I’m not saying people voted for the guy who signs the checks…but I’m not saying they didn’t. 🙂

Maybe I just laid an egg in the clutch.