Had a wonderful time at Silver Lake this past weekend. The festival and contest, now in its 10th years, draws a veritable who’s who of regional competitive BBQ and the KCBS contest is the highlight of the year for many KCBS judges, me included!
Silver Lake Sand Dunes holds its very popular Apple BBQ Cook-Off Festival in the business district of Mears, MI. highlights include the BBQ Cook-Off Competition, Apple Pie Contest, arts/crafts show and farm fresh apples of Oceana County. Also featured are the Classic Auto and Truck Show and Dune Buggy Show
This year, the ribs category was phenomenal, chicken and pork had some stars and a couple of good tries that didn’t quite catch fire. But it was in Brisket, that only the 4th perfect score in Michigan BBQ history was earned by “Smokin’ In The D” BBQ team. The overall brisket quality was some of the best on the circuit this year. Must be that Lake Michigan air! RESULTS
I always enjoy contests repped by Ron and Dena Milhous. They run a tight contest. Fair, but flexible. I’ve never heard a bad thing about their work.
I collected pictures of the logos of just a few of the teams. We have some creative cookers out there. If you know the back story on any of these teams, add it to the comments. I really think it is important for the cooks and judges to learn more about the people behind the smokers and the badges.