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Well folks, it's now officially spring and that means that the competition season is upon us. My first contest of 2009 will be just a few miles from here at the Gourmet Grills Big Chill Cookoff in Kuna, Idaho on April 3rd and 4th.

Since it's been nearly seven months since I built a competition turn-in box, I figured that it was time to practice. What better practice is there than on one's worst category? In my case, that would be pork ribs. I've tweaked and re-tweaked my recipe and process, and for the first time I am happy with the results.

This box is rough around the edges and could use a lot more attention to detail. I sort of rushed it, which of course negates some of the reason for practice. It's hard for me to get that competition adrenaline and anal-retentiveness pumping at home.

Note: Please excuse the picture quality. My wife took the Nikon D50 with her to SoCal.



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