This past weekend was the 2014 Firefighter Benevolent fund Rib cook-off! We participated again this year and it was another successful event, even though we did not win! But you can't win them all now can you?
This year Firefighter had more volunteers help out which was a huge relief for us! Last year it was Firefighter and 2 other volunteers, our friend's wife and myself. This year we were overflowing! Much better turn out!
Each team is provided with a set amount of ribs that we need to prepare and bring with us to the event. I don't know how the other teams do it, but we prepared our ribs the night before. We seasoned and precooked them, lightly before the event on Saturday. Once we get to the event we have a smoker that we use to complete the cooking process and then serve up the ribs.
(we got a little messy)
Firefighter likes to have themes for the booths. Last year was a beach theme, and this year was a play on the Price is Right. Our team was called The Spice is Right! It was a very clever idea! We had a wheel for people to spin, a very nice sign and Firefighter was sporting an obnoxious blue jacket and a microphone. It was hilarious!
The weather was perfect for the event. A little breeze would have been nice though. I can't complain though...last year was FREEZING!
We are very fortunate to be blessed with some great friends. One of our couple friends came up and hung out with us basically all day and ended up helping out a lot for the event. Last year, same thing! We are just very lucky!!
It was quite a long day for both of us. I started at 5am and Firefighter had to work the night before. He came home about 730/800 got showered and changed and was out at the event site at 9:30 am getting set up. He crashed when we got home. Before leaving we were given a standard sized cooler FULL of steaming hot ribs. We drove to 4 different fire stations, my mom's house, the bowling alley, the hospital where Firefighter works, and a friends house to get rid of them all. It took us 2 hours!
Totally exhausting but fun day! Can't wait for next year!