There is 40 acres of eye catching beauty with flowers, trees, gardens and creative sculptures. What does all this have to do with BBQ? Nothing, unless we can find some kale, lettuce, parsley or cilantro growing here. Wait! This is a NO GARNISH contest. Never mind. The Arboretum is just one gorgeous, serene place to have a BBQ contest.
2Sauce2Pork BBQ was using a portable GMG Trek Prime Pellet Grill for their chicken, the same smoker I bought from The Grill Works in Marion, Iowa. I love that little smoker!
Tim Cary, Bone Out BBQ head cook, walked over to give me a sample of his ribs. He gave it to me cautiously warning it was a bit salty. Yep! That bone was a pillar of salt! Tim walked away kind of depressed because he was not happy with his cook.
During the awards ceremony I was listening to the rib calls. Guess who got 4th in Ribs (out of 16 teams competing)? Yup - Bone Out BBQ. I was shocked and asked Tim how he pulled this off. The ribs he turned in simply came from a different rack, which he could not taste because he had to turn in all the bones. What a fantastic surprise.
BONE OUT BBQ winning 4th place in RIBS
The following week he invited me over to eat ribs with him and his son. I accepted and the ribs were very good. Tim also made a really delicious corn dish and a veggie/potato side. I think his rib recipe has great potential at his next competition.
Smokin' in the Grass 2022
Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens (Cedar Falls, IA)
TOP 3 CHICKEN
TOP 3 RIBS
Cindy Wells picked the perfect venue for a backyard BBQ contest. A tranquil gaze at the scenery provides a nice backdrop for cooks and judges. I will be back.