As newbie New Yorkers this time last year, we tried our hand at several different things. When we came across an ad in the Times-Union for the Troy Pig Out BBQ Festival, we knew we had to see just what Yankees considered BBQ.
This year, we wen't back for seconds!
We were a little better prepared for the pig roast and arrived early enough to snag rib tickets. For only $1 a ticket, you could swap the paper for the pork and vote in the People's Choice rib tasting. Money raised benefited the National Kidney Foundation.
We recruited some friends and headed down early to the Hudson River waterfront so we could get ready for some super test tasting. Professional and semi-professional BBQ teams from across the country competed in the two day competition. The rib eating rilvary was a Kansas City BBQ sanctioned People's Choice St. Louis rib competition. Personally, I thought it was nice to know that Missouri was the one calling the shots!
It was a bit warm (temperatures in the mid 90's plus a parking lot full of BBQ cookers) but no worse than anything we'd seen before. Our Northern counterparts were melting though!
Our sophisticated palates were so overwhelmed by the amazing BBQ rib samples that we actually forgot to cast our vote for our top choice! Of course, our hands and faces were also dripping in sauce, so our ballot might have been a little messy too. In our opinions, there were certainly no losers!