Saturday, April 29, 2017
Spot On: Typically used to describe a pit master's view on how well he/she feels their BBQ entry turned out when the feeling is things are as they should be. This refers to tenderness, flavor profile (more on that later), and presentation to some degree. It is often used when venting frustration about a judge's score which probably doesn't live up to what the pit master was expecting.
Flavor Profile: Flavor profile refers to the overall taste of the BBQ in question. Flavor profiles can be sweet, savory, sweet/heat or as evidenced by the scores I used to get in taste, "Heaven Above What is This #&@#?"
Grand Champion (GC): Used to describe someone who is quite happy at the end of the day.
Reserve Grand Champion (RGC): Used to describe someone not quite as happy as the GC at the end of the day.
Smoke Ring: A ring within the outer layer of the protein in question which is created via a chemical reaction. Or in the case of some inexperienced judges, a reason to score you lower if there isn't one there or it is a small one. No, I'm not still angry.
Protein: For some reason the term now used to describe the meat getting cooked. It used to be that you called the meat you were cooking 'meat'. Somewhere along the line that changed. I call my truck a truck because, well, it's a truck. Technically, I could call it a combustion engine powered transportation and passenger delivery vehicle but that would be silly.....accurate but silly.
Burnt Ends: These are delicious dark nuggets of beefy goodness that have the same texture of the clouds in Heaven and when done properly the taste of pure perfection. This does not mean they are burned despite what one judge put on a friend's comment card at a competition....totally not kidding.
Butt: The upper part of a pig's front shoulder that contains the 'money muscle'. Not part of the actual butt of the pig.
Money Muscle: The end of the pork butt that is full of fat strands, flavor, and when done properly brings home the money for the pit master.
Pink Drink: Apparently, a delicious concoction enjoyed by many that brings on superhuman strength and love for one another.
In short, BBQer's have their own language. Many will understand it, and many will think it's silly talk. I don't care as long as there are lots of people really, really good at creating it and keep on doing just that. Y'all take care, and Riley says, "Happy Easter!"