Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break 2012

Quick update on what we have been up to.  A few weeks ago, Tammy and I joined up with a group of students and one other UNA staff member to head to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic to work with local students on English Literacy.  The Dominican Republic has one of the world's worst education systems with students only attending school for 400 hours a year.  The government has tried to increase that to 1000 hours a year, but has had a hard time doing so due to the limited resources both from a physical building standpoint and a monetary one.

We teamed up with a group called Outreach360.  O360 has a staff of four people in Monte Cristi that serve as everything from travel arrangers, to teaching assistants, to history teachers.  They do an absolutely fabulous job and the kids in the town absolutely love them all.

I worked with some Kindergartners and 1st graders attempting the task of teaching pronouns.  What we found was that we had to revert to colors and numbers.  That was ok though as we could see the progress that was made in that week on those topics.

Tammy worked with 4th and 5th graders on the same topic and I think her group had a little more luck.

Monte Cristi is not the most well off town.  It is far from the lush resorts and by the looks of it, most Americans would avoid it.  What we discovered, however, was a community that loved living!  They were some of the most friendly and genuine people I have ever met.  Not once did we feel unsafe, in fact, it was quite the opposite.  It was not uncommon for children to be playing in the park past dark without parent supervision, something we never see in our neighborhood.

Our last day there, we went to the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  If you are ever interested in a good story, read up on the history between those two countries.  This was a very eye opening event as the people of Haiti rely on the Market on the DR side to purchase pretty much all of their supplies to survive on.  The pain and the stress on these people's faces was very evident.

Please enjoy the video we put together highlighting the different parts of our trip.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Been a while......Huge Burger

So, another post about neglecting the blog.  Intentions always start out good, then something comes up and next thing you know the blog falls by the wayside.  Anywho....this time it is for real.  We are working on updating our webpage (www.eggsequetivecouncil.com) and the new look has received a lot of good feedback.  So with that in mind, I wanted to share something from a long time ago.  Eggtoberfest 2006 was the event.  It was at that time that Tammy and I decided that we were going to make a 10lb hamburger on the Big Green Egg.  So this is the story of that event:

While searching the web, I came across a company that sold Giant Hamburger Buns.  This got me to thinking....what has never been done at Eggtoberfest?  That's right, something huge, something ginormous, a big @$$ hamburger.  So I ordered one....

The day of Eggtoberfest came and the results were amazing.  Here is a picture story of those events.

I used an electric knife to cut it into bite size pieces.  The taste was actually pretty good too.  I think the pure novelty had people amazed at the 10lbs of meat, 2lbs of bacon, 1lb of cheese, 1 whole head of lettuce, 3 tomatoes, 1 whole onion and a jar of pickle slices.  It was fun to make and fun to eat.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Winchester High on the Hog

What a great weekend in Winchester, TN. When we decided to head to Winchester vs. the Auburn Contest, we were really wanting to redeem ourselves after the showing we had there in 2009. Little did we know how that was going to turn out.

Kevin arrived Thursday evening and got set up. It was much easier to do by himself thanks to the new Big Green Egg Nest Handler's we installed on the XL EGGs. That coupled with the new wider base nest and the All Terrain Nest (Not an Official BGE product unfortunately) made unloading a breeze!

After getting set up, Bobby and Charlie of Team Bobby-Q arrived and we headed to the best Mexican Restaurant in Winchester....Camino Real for some good eating.

Friday, Tammy arrived after staying home to work on a paper for School and brought Sydney the Schnauzer along with her. We quickly began our prep. Being our first contest of the year and changing up some recipes we were sure to take our time with this one.

The weather was Absolutely beautiful the entire weekend which made for some great lounging times as well. After finishing our meat prep, Tammy, Bobby, Charlie and I headed back for more Mexican...I said it was good didn't I?

Saturday came along and we hit our groove. We were pleased with our new chicken recipe and how it turned out, Ribs were tasty and Pork looked good. Brisket was amazingly tender but we washed off our rub. Awards came and we took our seats.

First call, 5th in Chicken...only our 2nd in the last 2 years...then a 3rd in Ribs....1st call in that category in 2 years, then a 1st in Pork...and later to find out a 15th in Brisket. Ron Harwell was running through the top 10 and got to Reserve....The Long Dawgs....then we heard And Grand Champion...The EGGseQuetive Council....we were so excited even Sydney started barking.

Now the fun part....Tammy has been bugging me about cutting my beard...yep, the beard that has been compliment on by perfect strangers numerous times and the same one that a student called EPIC! How can I cut an Epic beard. So I made a bet with her...a 1 time bet...if we won Grand in Winchester, she could cut my beard right then and there....Well, after awards, we were back at the trailer and the clippers were brought out....No More Beard.....pictures to come....

All in All it was a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2010 BBQ Season

The first three contest entries went out in the mail today. Athens, AL, Winchester, TN, and Ashland, MS will be where the EGGseQuetive Council will drop their charcoal first. We made a slight change to the original schedule as we could not miss Winchester...too good of a contest. We are looking at possibly some other changes down the road too....stay tuned.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Well...we have made our schedule out and already we are on three waiting lists. Who would have ever guessed that we would have to wait and see if we can cook in a contest when we try planning for them eight and nine months out? Anyway...we are keeping our fingers crossed that we might just get into all three of them...

Been doing some off season cooking trials lately. Still not happy with my chicken and ribs...any and all tips are appreciated...might even trade you recipes....lol. Well, off to more chicken research.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

June and July Happenings

Well, June was pretty busy with two contests in the month as well as all of the other hectic stuff that comes with the Summer months.

June 12th and 13th found us in Haleyville, AL for the 911 Festival. This is a great contest with organizers who go out of their way for the cooks. We were hoping for a dry contest as it seems that the Tour de Egg is becoming The EGG Ark tour as it has rained more than we have ever seen. Well, this weekend proved no different, however you have to throw in 78 mph straight line winds into it. We were fortunate and did not take much damage, but we can't say that about everyone as it looked like an EX-UP graveyard around the dumpsters on Saturday morning. We had a pretty decent showing with a 3rd place call in chicken and a 1st in pork. Congrats to Mike and Debbie of Lotta Bull and Scott and Suzi of SouthPork on their Grand and Reserve wins!

Two weeks later we were back in Lawrenceburg, TN. This has always seemed to be the hottest weekend of the year and this year was no different. Thursday night's Red Beans and Rice dinner was fantastic as was the Saturday breakfast. We were cooking this weekend with a Master Judge Candidate which was a lot of fun. Hopefully he learned something as I know we did. Thanks Sydney for helping out! We found ourselves making one call to the stage for Pork with a 9th place finish which we were proud of.

The EGGseQuetive Council will be taking July and August off to get ready for the beginning of the Fall 09 semester at UNA as well as take our summer PhD. course at Colorado State University. We are hoping to get rolling again in September. We know for sure that we will be in Florence for the ABA contest at McFarland Park (a palce both Tammy and I think will be one of the best spots in the country for a contest).

That's all for now....see you down the trail!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Are you kidding me??

Has it really been since January that I last updated the Blog? I must appologize to the loyal reader (snicker) who has visited us on a daily basis to check up on the happenings of the EGGseQuetive Council....yes, we have been in EGGseQuetive Session, so I am not at liberty to discuss what was going on. But I can give you a brief rundown of the last few months lin the lives of the EGGseQuetive Council.

Started off the season in Mississippi...Columbus to be exact, home of the Mississippi University for Women (they are co-ed however). We had a fair showing for our first event. Beautiful location, a transformer blew in the middle of prep, no lights, no generator......wait it out.

Headed to Auburn, AL for a first time event. I did not take shop in High School, so building the Ark was out of the question as it was really needed. Take the weather out of the picture and this might be one of the top contests in the country in the future! Had some good calls in Pork and Brisket.

Winchester, TN was next on the Tour de Egg. This was the first time in four years that Kevin did not compete with Team Bobby-Q.....might want to rethink that decision in the future as we have seen better days for sure.

The 4th contest of the year saw Kevin cooking solo, well without Tammy. He did cook with a Master Judge Candidate that weekend in Athens, AL. Turned out to be a good event as the EGGseQuetive Council took their first GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP of the year.....boy was that exciting!!!

Huntsville, AL....Tammy's hometown was next. Interesting contest.........we will leave it at that.

Pulaski, TN....home of Sundrop Soda....mmmmmmmm....was our 6th contest of the year. We had some really soft ground and a not so hot finish...we will be back though as it was a very well run contest and it was nice visiting all of our friends.

On top of all of this, we both finished six more credit hours towards our PhD from Colorado State. Lots of writing, reading and time on the phone.

We have had a great time so far this year and hope to continue on with it. We appreciate all the support we get from our Sponsors and friends both on the circuit and off.

Hopefully, I can update this a little more often and share some more great times with you all!