Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blues. Views and BBQ Westport CT 9-26-09

This weekend we will be going back to Westport to defend our GC from last year. Having only done 1 comp this year hopefully I can shake off the rest of the rust by this weekend. 31 teams signed up so far.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pig-napped! Perfect the pig stolen from True Blue BBQ

Pig-napped! Perfect the pig stolen from True Blue BBQ

KINGSTON - It was the perfect crime.

“Perfect,” the piggy mascot for True Blue BBQ on Summer Street, was stolen.

The question remains, was Perfect saved from a death by barbeque sauce, or was it pig-napped? True Blue owner Elaine Murphy believes the latter.

The crime occurred sometime between 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, and 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Murphy was the last person to see Perfect.

“I was there the night before, prepping until eight in the evening,” she said. “I usually dress Perfect in the morning, but decided ‘I’m here, I might as well do it.’”

Murphy dressed Perfect in his best school outfit, a True Blue BBQ T-shirt, backpack, blue beanie cap, and blue Croc sandals. She made sure Perfect was safe in his shed, locked the gate of the 6-foot high fence and went home for the night.

When she checked on the pig in the morning, all that was left were the Crocs.

Police are looking for the culprit and Murphy is offering a reward for Perfect’s safe return: some of True Blue’s famous barbeque.

Perfect is 5-feet long and 3-feet tall, pink and very light for its size. The pig is made from fiberglass and resin.

“If someone drops him, he’ll break,” Murphy said.

Perfect, who is named for Wilbur the pig in the book Charlotte’s Web, usually stands on the roadside next to True Blue’s sandwich board advertising. At night, it’s kept in an unlocked shed surrounded by a locked 6-foot fence.

Murphy thinks teenagers may have climbed the fence and hauled Perfect over the fence. “They had to go through some effort to get the pig.”

Murphy bought Perfect three years ago for $500. A replacement will cost approximately $900. Perfect has several outfits including a cowboy outfit complete with boots, hat and bandana; a Hawaii outfit with a grass skirt and lei, an ice skating outfit, a raincoat and matching galoshes for those rainy days; and a rubber duckie float with flippers and goggles for beach days. Depending on the outfit, Perfect can either be a girl or a boy.

“People drop off outfits for him,” Murphy said.

Most recently someone gave Perfect a bright green sombrero to match True Blue’s Mexican food special. Murphy was looking for a serape to match. “If we can get Perfect back.”

Anyone with information about Perfect’s pig-napping can call True Blue BBQ at 781-585-6005 or contact

Saturday, September 5, 2009

KCBS Announces 'The Great American BBQ Sweepstakes' for Labor Day

KCBS Announces 'The Great American BBQ Sweepstakes' for Labor Day/PRNewswire/ --
As millions of Americans celebrate this Labor Day weekend with a little backyard grilling, the Kansas City Barbeque Society is introducing a barbeque sweepstakes that is the perfect "recipe of fun" for dedicated grill masters. The grand prize? A chance to win a fully catered, professional "barbeque block party" for one lucky winner and
25 guests.

This is the first barbeque sweepstakes ever offered by KCBS, a nonprofit
organization that sanctions about 300 contests throughout America. The block
party will mark the final stop on the KCBS 2009 Great American BBQ Tour, a
nationwide event that provides live grilling and barbeque demonstrations at 25
of the country's best food festivals.

In addition to the "Ultimate BBQ Block Party," the grand prize features a
combo smoker/grill by GoodOne Smokers, a year's supply of barbeque essentials
from sponsors like Kingsford Charcoal and Weber Grill Creations, authentic
barbeque apparel from the KCBS merchandise store, and free admission to one of
the organization's certified barbeque judging classes. The value of the
package is worth more than $5,000 and will be delivered in person by Mike and
Chris Peters, the KCBS Great American BBQ Tour Team.

"KCBS is all about food, family and fun," commented KCBS executive director
Carolyn Wells, who also co-founded the organization in 1985. "So we couldn't
think of a better way to fulfill our mission than a bona fide barbeque
experience that starts with a party and ends with a year's worth of barbeque

Registration for the Great American BBQ Sweepstakes will be available online
from Sept. 4 to Sept. 30 at Contestants do not have to
be KCBS members to enter, and entries are limited to once per day, per person,
during the promotional period. Full entry guidelines and contest rules are
available at

In addition to the grand prize winner, additional prizes will be awarded to 20
contestants. Some of those prizes include a yearlong KCBS membership, barbeque
utensils, apparel, and barbeque product samples from other tour sponsors like
TABASCO Chipotle Sauce, SCOTT Shop Towels, and Tums Dual Action heartburn
relief. Everyone who enters the contest will get free access during the month
of September to the complete KCBS database of barbeque recipes, which includes
hundreds of professional dishes from championship cookers.

Now in its 24th year, KCBS has more than 11,000 members worldwide and has
trained more than 15,000 certified barbeque judges. There are more than 4,000
teams that compete in KCBS-sanctioned events, which use an objective,
blind-judging format to determine winners in four food categories: chicken,
pork, ribs and brisket.

To learn more about the organization, its classes, rules or events, visit

SOURCE Kansas City Barbeque Society

Veronica Greene, KCBS PR Team, +1-800-499-2332,

Friday, September 4, 2009

BBQ's most wanted

Owner of CJ's BBQ on Florida's most wanted fugitive list

A popular BBQ restaurant is shut down after the owner turns up on Florida's most wanted fugitive list. Many customers arrived at CJ's BBQ on Sahara & Buffalo only to be turned away because the restaurant is closed.

The closing comes as nearly a dozen employees are worried they won't get paid. Workers learned the owner of the restaurant has an extensive criminal record.

"Now we're getting the runaround about getting paid, the place was shut down that night we found out," explained Ashley Spooner, CJ's BBQ General Manager.

Turns out, the owner who called himself Tom White isn't Tom White at all.

"He came in here and represented himself as some other person, is that correct," asked Action News reporter Tiffani Sargent.

"Yes, he ran this place under an alias along with other places that were in town and he's got two chefs that are stranded on the East coast with no way home," said Ashley.

We also found him identified as Thomas O' Donnell on Florida's most wanted fugitives list. He has two former felony convictions in Florida for contracting without a license.

Nearly a dozen employees are owed thousands of dollars and many can't even collect unemployment because they were just recently hired.