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Squeal of approval had a great looking smoker.

Squeal of approval smoker


We stopped and listened to Fast Eddy describe his new pellet smoker grill. Highlights on the new unit  were; pellet drop, digital controls, 600 degree charbroiler with cast iron grate, large indirect smoking side, warming rack, and an integrated warming drawer. Price TBD, but we know it's going to be under $1400.


Fast Eddy's new pellet grill smokers


The kids competition was great. All the kids were busy plating there foods while the parents sat close by and helped out.

American Royal Kids Competition


This thing had to be the most bizarre inflatable kids toy I have ever laid eyes on. They would squeeze out of the vertical split in the gray end. It reminded me of the Ace Ventura movie where Jim Carey squeezes out of the Rhino.

Weird kids toy


When we got back to the booth, Chris was giving a short speech to one of the BBQ tours.  He finished his talk by feeding the group some of the whole chickens we smoked that morning.

Chirs Marks talking BBQ


We still had some time to kill, so we went next door and played some washer toss. Mike is a natural. If you look close you can see the washer homing in on the PVC.

Washer Toss


The guys relaxing a bit before the storm hits. Shelton's no shoe idea was great. My dogs were barking, so I followed suit.

Taking a break


It was time to get powered up for the over night haul. Nothing gets you going like more meat. This time it was copious amounts of sausage. I had been on a diet of mostly meat and beer for roughly two days now. I was starting to smell worse than our dog after she got into the deviled eggs.

Smoked Sausage


Mike Smoots and Shelton saying, " Bring it on, it's time to light the pits and get this train rolling."

Smoots and Shelton


At 10 pm we lit the pits with propane and wax fire starters. Game on. This particular fire burned until 2 pm the next day. 

Lighting the pits


The fireworks were awesome and great way to start the long night.

American Royal fireworks


Smoots, Shelton and I kept an eye on the smokers while everyone else got some rest. It was pretty chilly but the fire box kept us warm.

Watching the smokers



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