Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Stokin' the Fire BBQ and Music Festival



As your roving reporter in Birmingham, I found myself at Sloss Furnaces on Saturday morning to cover the Stokin' the Fire BBQ and Music Festival. Alas, the BBQ tasting wasn't until 4:00 that afternoon, but I wandered around the whole place and checked out the team tents and the various grills/smokers. I'm a fair barbeque smoker myself, and I have to tell you that there were some mighty fine rigs out there. I don't know who the winners were, but I can tell you that everyone was having a fine time at 11:00 and I can only imagine how much fun they were having by nightfall when the music really cranked up. Oh and just for the record, my two favorite team names were: "Bad to the Bone" and "Bubba Q"!



Just one of the Mega-Grills!!


My southern readers won't need an explanation here but for the rest of you, this is a smoked Boston butt. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Boston or anything Yankee. Butts (excuse my French), ribs and I think chicken were the categories for judging.

18 comments:

Unknown said...

OMG! That is one mouth watering piece of bbq'ed steak! I need to eat, you've made me hungry now lol.

Olivier said...

BBQ et musique, de quoi passer une bonne journée ;o)

Judi said...

Before any more rumors start about southerners, I will add the butt (excuse her French) is a cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg. Absolutely delicious!

Virginia said...

Thanks Judi for that extra info!! :)

Bibi said...

That piece of butt looks mighty good to this "yankee" in Belgrade! Slurp! Woof!

Halcyon said...

Looks like fun! I love events that bring people together like this.

Jacob said...

Funny, V. And interesting. And mouth-watering.

Why you didn't go back for the tasting I don't unnerstand...I think you needed to get your butt in gear! Heh. Heh.

altadenahiker said...

Did his horn melt in the heat? Boston butt makes the most sinful pulled-pork sandwiches.

WV: Retch. I'm sure that didn't happen.

cewmont said...

You have slung a cravin' on me! Thankfully we have a new Dreamland BBQ right down the street! no--its not as awesome as the original--but pretty darn good!

Char said...

yum - barbecue - I had some for lunch yesterday.

great fun

Bob Crowe said...

I'm glad to see that the distribution of redneck weirdos extends beyond the borders of Missouri. Wonder what that guy is trying to say with the twisted horns.

steviewren said...

Bubba Q...love that name! I can just imagine how good that place must have smelled by 4 in the afternoon.

Dusty Lens said...

now that's a grill a man can be proud of in his backyard!

Frank said...

Stokin the Fire looks like a place I might find some good smiked pork. Great shots of the "participanats" hard at work...starting at dwan probably. The smell there must have seemed like heaven (and certainly, badly, missing when we walk the streets of Paris. Incredible coffee and chocolate pastries do help somewhat but nothing replaces my Bar-B-Q pork and fried shrimp.)

Thank you for visiting Tampa DP. Now you must also come by Tampa Florida Photo (both City Daily Photo sites)...yes, crazy person that I am, I have two.)

FireLight said...

V,, can you believe it? Our football coach is named "Bubba" short Lawrence...go figure? I can' wait to show him this post...I say for team names....BUBBA Q wins---hands down!!

FireLight said...

ooops.....that should read...."Bubba, short for Laurence...good grief...can't type...can't spell....holy moly!

Virginia said...

FIrelight,
And you're a TEACHER! POint off for spelling! HA

DL,
I"m envious of that smoker/grill!!

Babooshka said...

The man with the hat surely is a long lost Viking from my island.