Ric's Backyard Warm-up 2014 Edition

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After 2 years on hiatus (1 year due to rain, the other due to family emergency), we're going to plan once again for Ric's Backyard Warm-up 2014 Edition

Entries usually begin at the 1st of the year.

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This is a spring opportunity for new and old teams alike to come out to Ric Gilbert's "Casa" and get a jump on the upcoming Competition BBQ season.

View and receive"Real-time" judging in an open format with verbal feedback from CBJ's and experienced judges. Exchange ideas,compare cooking techniques and learn from your fellow cooks.

Turn in will include; Chicken, Tri Tip, Ribs & a "Mystery" meat (Mystery meat provided by the host).

Live music and children friendly, this event creates a relaxed atmosphere and is fun for all.

A pot luck dinner follows the awards.

Overnight camping is available.

Confirmed Teams

Limited to 12 TEAMS Porktera bbq-frank portera

$25 donation suggested to cover beverages (beer, water, soda) and mystery meat.

CT = Competition Team with experience

RT = Rookie Team

Reserve Teams


Ric Gilbert, Ric's Righteous Ribs

Confirmed Judges

Ben Lobenstein HEAD JUDGE. Master CBJ,CBBQA Hall-of-Fame, event promoter "The best judging coordinator in the State"-rg

Ric Gilbert CBJ, HOF

People's Choice Judges

Camp Boss

Kyle "Choo Choo" Baker, ain't no one better! rg


San Jose, CA

PM, will be sent to all participants with address & phone #.


March 29, 2014

Gate opens at 6:30am Saturday. Friday, with prior notice, you are welcome to leave your equipment, tent camp on site, or find a local motel. Tent camping for Sat. night is also available.

Cook's meeting, 9:00am

Judges meeting, 11:00am


"People's Choice" Use your competition meats or cook some tantalizing tid bits for our roving PC judges. Four PC judges will ask you for your "Best Bite" of the day. It is your job to convince them why your's is the best!


To be served around 4:30ish. Cookers are encouraged to cook a little extra for guests. Guests are encouraged to bring a side dish to feed 6-8 people. Awards will be presented shortly before or during dinner.


Whatever you bring in, please take it out with you. Bring trash bags!!!

There will be a pony keg on-site but please bring your own libation if you wish.

Recycling containers will be set up.

Bottled water will be available.

Bring your own ice.

It is nice to have munchies throughout the day. Some cookers like to pass around a few non-comp. items like, ABT's, Fatties, sasuages, pig candy, etc. Our guests love this, please consider contributing.

This is a kid friendly and family event.

The decisions of the judges are final, unless you have a really good bribe, then see Ric.

If you have a few extra logs to contribute to the fire pit, please feel free to do so.

Bring your own chairs.

Could someone please bring an extra table or two and EZ-UP?

Live music throughout the day. These are top notch musicians who are sharing their talents for our pleasure. They love this event and we love having them. Let's share our appreciation and food and make sure they know how much we love them being here.

A Safeway store is located 5-6 minutes from my house.


Turn-in times are listed above. Your firt turn-in (chicken) will be scored by one set of judges, while your second turn-in ( Tri-Tip) will be judged by the second set of judges. You will rotate from table to table being judged twice by each judging team.

"Mystery meat" and "People's Choice" will be scored seperately.

Judging will take into consideration presentation, taste and texture.

Garnish is optional. If used, garnish is limited to chopped, sliced, shredded or whole leaves of fresh green lettuce (no kale, endive, red tipped lettuce and no core) and/or common curly parsley, flat leaf parsley or cilantro.

Tri Tip & mystery meat can be garnished anyway you wish. Be creative. Bring your own serving/presentation plate or you may use a styro clamshell. Presentation goes a long way here!

You may trim & marinate your meats the night before. Think of this like a real comp. Do what you would normally do to prepare your meat on a Friday night.


Grand Champion

Reserve Grand Champion



Pork Ribs

Tri Tip

Mystery Meat

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