View Full Version : Calamity in Rio Rancho

07-09-2013, 07:40 AM
Well, the 2013 Pork and Brew contest in Rio Rancho is in the books and it was a comedy of errors.

After stopping to pick up our friend Anthony in Mustang,OK, we had gone less than 100 miles when I looked in the rearview just in time to see a trailer tire literally explode taking the fender with it.

An hour later we were on the roa and headed to New Mexico.

Got set up and the A/C wouldn't work. Foud out I had inadvertantly plugged into 220 instead of 110. Situaton rectified...for now....

The next morning after arriving back at the cooksite from the hotel, the trailer was frigid and all systems were go. And then, asothers started showing and plugging in to the electric, Boom! Everything went out. We came to find out that they were only supplying 50 amps per distribution box and each RV draws abot 25.

We got out the Honda generators and spent th rest o the day chasng parts and trying to fix what we thought was a problem
with our trailer.

After they finally brought out another generator and hooked it up, all seemed good until the lights inside the trailer (DC) stated to fade. We realized the converter had been fried when te voltage droppd and the DC system was not charging.

A teammember was dispatched to procure a battery charger.

It was now about. And so we began to scramble. Long about 10:00 we realized that we had not eaten all day due to the electrical problems.

OK, so by 2:30 in the morning, allwas wll except for te fact tat we were alreay worn out and we had a contest to cook.

Turn ins went well and I turned in what I thought was the best chicken box I had ever turned in, along with the worst brisket.

Enter my motto "Always hate your turn ins. The ones you love will always bomb."

All said and done, we ended up 10th brisket, 12th ribs, 9th ribs, and 30th chicken! 13th out of 49 on the overall. Not what we had intended to do, but better than what we would have expected at 11:30 on Friday.

This was defnitely the most eventful contest I have had the pleasure of competing in!

07-09-2013, 08:57 AM
This really IS a war story. :exasper:

There is always next time.

07-09-2013, 10:15 AM
Holy crap what a show that was. Almost sounds like any day in my life when trying to get something done.

13th ain't worst and damned good for the hurdles.

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07-09-2013, 03:58 PM
Finishing in the top 1/3 after all that BS I say is pretty darn good.

07-09-2013, 05:22 PM
Kudos Tim and team for not givin' up under all that adversity!

And congrats for a respectable showing under the circumstances!:thumbs up::thumbs up::thumbs up:

Schmokin Party
07-09-2013, 09:54 PM
Great result when one considers what you had to work with on this one! Sounds like Murphy's Law ruled the weekend.

07-09-2013, 10:46 PM
Great result when one considers what you had to work with on this one! Sounds like Murphy's Law ruled the weekend.

Murphy's law indeed!

Florida Bill
07-10-2013, 10:24 AM
Tim and Company,

Sure enough, Murphy is alive and well. But I have to say that I really respect your effort and determination in spite of some pretty adverse conditions. Congrats on your 13th! Under the conditions, that's pretty darn good.

07-10-2013, 08:23 PM
Considering most would have quit by Friday I say you did an excellent job. I wouldn't get to 13th place if I had stayed at home! Well done friend. What a learning curve! Talk about endeavoring to persevere! Congrats!

07-10-2013, 09:24 PM
Still sounds like fun. Congrats on your finish! :thumbs up:

07-10-2013, 10:04 PM
I saw that chicken box. Looked awesome