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KCBS Announces Inaugural World Championship Barbeque Contest Little Rock to Host KCBS Invitational Barbeque Competition

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) today announced its plans to host a world championship barbeque competition. The inaugural event will be an invitational contest exclusively for KCBS members and is scheduled for February 8th-9th, 2019 at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock, Arkansas. 
To qualify for the KCBS World Invitational Barbeque Championship, a team must have received a Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion award at a KCBS sanctioned contest within the previous calendar year or finish within the top 125 in the overall rankings at end of calendar year. Qualified team head cooks must be KCBS members in good standing. All International teams that have won Grand Champion and or Reserve Grand Champion in a KCBS- sanctioned contest are also eligible to compete.
This is the first time KCBS is duly organizing and sanctioning a barbeque contest. Since 1985, KCBS has been the leader in setting the standard rules, regulations, and procedures for competition barbeque teams, judges and event organizers in barbeque and food sport contests around the globe. Each year, KCBS sanctions over 450 barbeque contests and provides training and certification for barbeque contest judges. 
“We’re thrilled to share details of what we’ve been planning and working towards for many months now,” said Jason Cole, Event Chairman and member of the KCBS Board of Directors. “KCBS members will now have an unmatched annual invitational competition that determines the ultimate Grand Champion of KCBS pitmasters.” 
The KCBS Board carefully selected the date and location for the championship contest. Hosting the event in February allows the organization to invite the world’s top competition teams based on the previous year results to the marquee event that determines the ultimate KCBS champion team. Additionally, the Board was mindful of previously scheduled KCBS-sanctioned contests and selected the February dates to avoid distracting from events that have worked diligently to build their barbeque competition and events. The Arkansas State Fairgrounds location was selected based on research and site visits conducted by the Board’s Marketing Committee. The organization targeted locations in the central and southern United States based on ease of accessibility during seasonal travel conditions. The Marketing Committee scouted locations across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. 
KCBS will award $35,000 in prize money for this first annual World Invitational Barbeque Championship. Participants will compete for the championship title in the four meat categories – chicken, pork ribs, pork, and beef brisket – per the KCBS contest rules. The inaugural event will also include a KCBS-sanctioned National Steak Grilling Contest. 
“KCBS has wanted to host its own contest for some time now,” said Carolyn Wells, Founder and Executive Director. “Our members are consistently being awarded top honors at other championship contests that are significant in the barbeque community, so creating this contest will provide the ultimate barbeque contest bragging rights and allow our members to enjoy a best-of-the-best competition among KCBS members.” 
The new championship contest will become an annual event. As KCBS continues to grow, this new event aids in furthering its mission of promoting and enjoying barbeque worldwide. For more information, contact Jason Cole at 
About KCBS
THE KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE SOCIETY (KCBS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 19,000 members worldwide
KCBS sanctions over 450 barbeque contests worldwide. From volunteering to actual event production, our members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.
KCBS serves as a clearinghouse of barbeque information which provides:
 • Networking with related trade associations and other contest-sanctioning organizations
• Tracking trends in barbeque related products, and equipment
• Teaming up with other food organizations and the media to promote barbeque

Those so-called 're-closable' bags that aren't so 're-closable'

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Reclosable Bags
Not much effort by manufacturers is put into a GOOD 're-closable' bag

OK, is it just me, or are most of those so-called 're-closable' bags pretty much not so easily 're-closable' to where you just pull out a clip of some sort because that's easier......?

It's like the selling point of having a 're-closable' bag is more important than the actual function of it.  And yes, you pay for that in packaging, packaging that, well, doesn't quite deliver.

Good thing I have plenty of chip and binder clips on hand!

Cox Cable Sucks

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Football season is upon us....

So Cox Cable didn't want to work with me on adding TV to my service package - I currently have internet only. I'm paying $100 a month for internet. I want TV added so I can satisfy my football addiction.

"That'll be $140 a month," Cox says.

Meanwhile, Cox is offering new customers a TV, internet package deal for $89 a month. I mention that fact to the Cox sales rep, I acknowledge I'm not a new customer eligible for an introductory promotion deal, but surely, you, Cox, need to come down from $140 a month, I'm a long term and timely paying customer in good standing.....

"Nope," Cox says.

Not even the escalation department at Cox would work with me. I could only get a 'deal' @ $127 a month but ONLY if I added a phone I don't want or need, or if I added a security camera which I don't want or need..... Hey Cox, if you can afford to give me $127 a month by adding equipment I don't want, can't you afford to give me JUST internet and TV for the same price?

"Nope," Cox says.  Per the escalation department, that phone or security camera HAS to be installed and in use (a.k.a., equipment rental fee, additional taxes, rate goes up after one year and I have to sign a two year deal).

Cox Cable needs some cable competition in this town.  They are overpriced and they don't give a rat's rear end about keeping their customers in good standing happy.  They are a monopoly and they know it.  Sure, I could get Dish or DSL, but that's flat out just not the same thing.  I'll get to view a lot of football games with my HDTV antenna and enjoy other programming via my Roku, but I will miss some football games and major league baseball playoffs I was looking forward to viewing with a cable TV subscription.  Cable competition is needed, it will drive down prices and improve service.


Rude People Suck

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Manners Cost NothingWhat is WRONG with some people?

So I'm doing the self check-out thing at the grocery store, ready to pay, put in some cash and the machine won't take any bills.... I ask the attendant for some assistance... While she's helping me out, a lady customer from across the self check-out isle rudely and with absurd attitude interrupts my interaction with the attendant to loudly ask why the terminal she was at wouldn't disperse any cash (perhaps she should have read the screen first, which said, "Card only, no cash disbursements at this terminal," before pulling up to it)...

The attendant politely responded, "Sorry ma'am, that terminal is card only, I can assist you in a minute or you can wait for another terminal to open up or go through regular check out and they can process some cash back for you."

The rude lady, who hadn't started ringing up her groceries yet and who obviously wasn't patient enough to wait for a machine that would disperse cash back, walked over to my terminal area and responded to the attendant with, "Excuse me?! What is your name? You don't get to dismiss me like that! What is your supervisor's name?"

The attendant remained cool, gave her the supervisor's name and even pointed the supervisor out to the rude customer, then repeated, "Like I said, I can be with you in a minute...."

The rude customer interrupted, starting in with the "Oh no, you don't...."

And so I had to jump in, I just had to, at risk of further escalating the incident.....

"Ma'am, Courtney is with another customer right now, you're being rude and I don't appreciate the distraction."

The rude lady responded with the repetitive, "You don't get talk to me like that either, yada, yada, yada....." but walked away with her cart, continuing to ramble on....

What is WRONG with some people? 

Grilling Good Eats: Ch. 2 - Grilling Tips & Tools

Chapter 2 - Grilling Tips & Essential Tools

Grilling Good Eats

By Mike Thayer

Got a craving for a juicy brat? A rack of baby back ribs? How about a perfectly grilled medium rare rib eye steak? Summer time means grill time whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a picnic in the park. Grill up some real crowd pleasing dishes by following these grilling tips for an easier, tastier, more relaxing grilling experience.

Grilling Tips: Whether you’re a novice to grilling or a weekend grilling warrior, the following thirteen tips are essential to putting you on the path to becoming a grill master.

Grilling Tip #1: Take your chicken breast, chops, and/or steak out of the refrigerator about 20-30 minutes prior to grilling to let them air out. This does NOT apply to something you’ve been marinating. This is for something you’re taking directly out of the package from the store, or something you’ve given a dry rub too. Inspect the meat, you want to make sure there is no excess moisture on it, especially if you‘re going to rub some olive oil or the like on that steak, chop, or breast. Even if you’re just applying salt and pepper, that meat should be dry. Pat the meat down with a paper towel if necessary. Letting chicken/chops/steaks and such air out, gives the meat a better sear when it hits the grill. Leaving excess moisture on your meats can cause unnecessary flare ups and the real benefit to a properly prepped cut of ’aired out’ meat is that it’s going to cook more evenly, locking in that flavor and delivering you a much more tender, tastier mouthful. Ground meats are a different story! They should be cold when putting on the grill. If they’re at room temperature, ground meats tend to fall apart or droop through the cooking grate.

Grilling Tip #2: Oil the grilling surface. After your grill is hot, brush (do NOT spray!) some vegetable oil on the cooking grate. I use a squeeze bottle of canola oil, squirting oil on a folded paper towel - cover it well but not to the point of dripping - then I use my long handled steel bristle brush to move the oiled paper towel over the grill surface. This isn’t to add flavor or to keep food from sticking (Tip #5 below), this is to make clean up much, much easier when the grilling is done. When it’s clean up time, brushing the grill surface clean takes half the time if you pre-oiled the grate.

Grilling Tip #3: Generally speaking, the “Presentation side” of any meat or grilled item (how you’ll see the item on the plate) is the first side you put on the grill. Choose the better looking side of the item to put down first. This is the side that needs to have those beautiful grill marks. And with most meats and fish, you only want to flip once. Yep, you read that right, flip it just once.


Grilling Basics - Grilling Good Eats

How much charcoal should I use? How long does charcoal stay hot? What kind of grill should I buy? Which is better, gas or charcoal? Do I put the lid on or leave it off? Are those wood pellets any good? These are all great questions. Whether you’re new to grilling or are looking to expand on your grilling expertise, you’re reading the right book. The answers are here.


Book Review: Lone Wolf Canyon by S.C. Sherman

Lone Wolf CanyonA great writer can paint you a picture with the words he puts to paper and S.C. Sherman does just that with this modern day western.   The story of Lance "Ham" Hamilton making a promise to his military buddy and traveling out West to fulfill it is a captivating must read!  ~ Mike Thayer

Lance “Ham” Hamilton thought he’d said goodbye to his dangerous life as an Army Ranger—no roadside bombs, nobody shooting at you. Little does he know that the violence of the Middle East is waiting for him in America.

Lone Wolf Canyon in paperback

Find the cheapest gas prices in town with Gas Buddy

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

A lot of folks use those grocery store and/or convenience store loyalty cards to buy gas at a discounted price.  Those cards do come in handy and depending on your shopping habits can benefit you with saving 10 cents a gallon on gas for example.

But that loyalty card gas discount doesn't guarantee you're getting the best possible price for gas.

If you aren't already familiar with Gas Buddy, you might want to consider doing so.

From the Gas Buddy website:  "GasBuddy is a smartphone app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop™. With nearly 70 million downloads, GasBuddy is the leader in crowdsourced information to help drivers find the best gas prices, closest stations, friendliest service, cleanest restrooms, tastiest coffee and much more. "

The app, easy to use, will bring up a list of gas prices in your area, searching by city or zip code, helping you determine the best price to buy gas, loyalty card or not.  Gas Buddy also comes in very handy when traveling and you can't use that loyalty card.  In fact, the app includes features such as gas price maps and a trip calculator.

Check out Gas Buddy, you'll be glad you did!