Team news: Cooking, load-in, shirts, menu

It’s almost showtime folks! Fresh off two Top 12 or higher finishes at regionals in the month of April, we are ready for the big dance! We are so proud of Frank and Erik. Do YOU want to assist Frank and Erik in the kitchen at BBQ Fest? There will be opportunities to help with prep, cooking burgers and wings, and more. Email us at moodyques@gmail.com if interested.
We also need help with load-in and load-out. Travis from Holliday Flowers will lead the effort this year. If there are any times you will be available to help Saturday, May 7 through Tuesday, May 10 (load-in) or Sunday, May 15 (load-out), please let us know at moodyques@gmail.com. We thought about creating a shared team Google Docs spreadsheet for people to list their availability, but Travis said, “Nah, let’s not make it complicated for people to sign up, just sending an email is fine.” We will need people to help load in the cookers, refrigerator and ice machine, probably the morning of Saturday the 7th, but it could be Sunday the 8th depending on weather and the condition the park is left in after Music Fest. After the scaffolding is erected there will be opportunities for you to help with booth decoration, lay waterproofing and carpet, and more. This is a great chance to bond with your teammates and work together before the big event starts. Please sign up for any time you have free, because we really need as many hands on deck as possible. Award-winning booths do not just magically appear!
Shirts have been ordered. If you did not give us your size, we will try our best to get you a shirt in your size – we did order extras, but we can’t guarantee your size if we didn’t have it as of last Friday. If you want a different style of shirt – for example, long sleeve, women’s fitted T, tank top, tube top – you can purchase the shirt on your own and take it to Josh at Winfield’s at the corner of Main and Madison and he will print it for you. There will be a nominal fee for printing.
We will make your team bags with shirt, park wristband, Wednesday night ticket, and map, and arrange a location to get those to you as the time approaches.
The board met last night and a tentative menu was planned.
Wednesday night: Sausage and cheese, pork butts
Thursday noon: Burgers and hot dogs
Thursday 4 PM: Practice competition pork shoulders
Thursday 8 PM: Ribs
Friday noon: Brisket, cooked by a Texan, our sponsor Rodger
Friday 4 PM: Wings
Friday 8 PM: Frank’s special surprise
Saturday: Lots of competition BBQ
Of course, we will have delicious sides as always. Do you have a side dish you would like to bring? Let us know!
As you know, we took a third-place trophy for Seafood in Southaven. We are entering our prize-winning dish in the Seafood ancillary competition at BBQ Fest.
If you have any special requests, comments, or concerns let us know at moodyques@gmail.com. Thanks everyone. We look forward to working with all of you to make this our best year ever!

Moody Ques haul home some hardware from Southaven

I gotta tell you, load-out from Southaven Springfest was a long, tedious process, because we had some extra weight to carry out. That weight came in the form of a COOKING TROPHY for third place in seafood! We also got 12th in shoulder. No trophy for that, but it is said to be a stronger finish than our 9th in Atoka, based on the number of teams. Great job Frank. Erik, Clay, John D, and anyone else who helped.

We now have our sights set on the main event, BBQ Fest. I haven’t been told to take the PayPal widget off the website yet, so I assume we are still taking members if you know anyone who would like to join.

As soon as I get a picture of the trophy I will add it to this post. What a fantastic weekend!

Edit: And here is that trophy:

Photo Apr 23, 6 42 09 PM

Photo Apr 23, 7 10 47 PM

One day left to give us your T-shirt size

We are placing the team T-shirt order at the end of the day Friday, April 22. If you are a team member or plan to be a team member, please go here and give us your T-shirt size.

We are ordering extras but cannot guarantee a shirt in your size if you order after April 22.

Southaven Springfest this weekend

Time to fire up the smoker once again! This weekend The Moody Ques will be in the BBQ competition at Southaven Springfest. The BBQ portion of this festival is Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23. It’s free to get in before noon both Friday and Saturday, and $10 after that. Kids 10 and under are free.

Directions can be found here. Take Snowden Lane south from Goodman Road. Snowden Lane is a block east of Getwell.

There will be live music both Friday and Saturday, with 38 Special performing Friday night, and Loverboy on Saturday.

The meat will be coming off the grill Saturday for judging, making Saturday afternoon a great time to come down and see how Frank and Erik are doing on their competition shoulder. It just gets better every time. After a ninth place in Atoka, we are gunning for an even higher finish in Southaven, our last regional competition before BBQ Fest. We hope to see you this weekend!