What is it?
IRONMAN is a full-blown KCBS / PA State Championship BBQ Competition to test your skills as a barbecue pit master without the benefits of electricity or unlimited meat!
What does that mean?
It means your stuck with meat, charcoal, wood, meat thermometer, matches, and a smoker.
- No Gurus
- No Stokers
- No Digital Stay-In BBQ
- No Rotisseries
- No Remote Meat Thermometers
- No LP Gas Torches
- No Pellet Cookers
- No Electric Vacuum Marinators
And It’s an IRONMAN!
We only allow in your cooler (1) Pork Butt, (1) Rack of Ribs, (1) Brisket, & (7) Pieces of Chicken (one to taste!)
Why Should I Choose the IRONMAN format?
More Money to Win and Bragging Rights!
- Save $400.00 off the Entry Fee and get in for only $200
- Increase your Winnings! Ironman pays more!
- Bragging rights and Fun! Test your skills! Are you really a Pitmaster or a Poser?
Do I have to do the Go Naked IRONMAN format?
This is entirely voluntary and will help you save money from a reduced entry fee and make more money via a higher prize payout, but that is completely up to you! But if you commit to doing it you must do it or face the possibility of disqualification!
The People's Choice Event - The Wing Thing!
BENEFITING AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY 4 LIFE
Required for all teams in the Competition the PEOPLE’S CHOICE Contest will be judged by the public. 10 lbs. of Chicken Wings will be provided at no cost to each participating team on Friday, April 6th during the team Captain meeting at 6p. BBQ’d wings will be picked up from each team at 11a Sat April 7th and will be submitted for People’s Choice judging. At the end of the event, the IRONMAN People’s Choice Winner will receive FANTASTIC prizes including cash!
2018 Awards and Prizes!
Each Category will have a 1st- 5th place cash prize winner!
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How to Register a Team
Click here to access the application form. Please make sure all items are filled in or circled, as we are unable to process an incomplete application.
When you are done, return this completed application with check payable to Mason-Dixon BBQ to:
IRONMAN BBQ/Mason Dixon, P.O. Box 153, Shady Grove, PA 17256
For CC Entry, Call with CC info, or Fax 866-314-9123, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the Pesky Rules?
Rule’s can be annoying, but here they are!
The IRONMAN BBQ Rules
1. El Biggo Rulo Numero Uno (that’s Spanish) – No Electric! That means no……
a. Pellet Grills
b. BBQ Draft Controls of any type – i.e. Stoker, BBQ Guru, etc.
c. Rotisseries (unless hand cranked)
d. Constant stay-in style thermometers ala Redi-Check/MAVERICK
e. Electric/Battery assisted vacuum marinade machines, including vacuum marinade tumblers
i. Footnote – vacuum marinade machines that are hand pumped will be allowed
ii. 2nd footnote – the committee has reached out to the BBQ community on this particular rule as the electric vacuum marinade machine is more a matter of prep than cooking; the overall response from BBQ’ers has been that allowing electric devices like these doesn’t “feel” (one guy even said “icky”) right for the type of competition we are trying to put together, but because it involves prep, we are allowing manual vs. electric vacuum units.
f. Electric or battery powered knives WILL NOT be permitted. At this level, everyone should know how to use a sharp knife.
g. Thermopens WILL be allowed. This is a food safety issue as much as anything else, not to mention that no one has been able to show that a Thermopen is a distinct advantage for the user vs. a dial meat thermometer that reads temp in 8 seconds.
h. Propane torches WILL NOT be allowed for starting fires. Boy Scouts will be available for consultations regarding alternate means of fire starting.
i. Another footnote – Every one of the competitors has voluntarily agreed to the Go Naked IRONMAN format and most have expressed their desire to do this comp because no electric will be allowed. The idea is back to the basics – know your equipment, know your meat, know your flavor profile, and control your fire to maintain a constant temp in conjunction with weather conditions present. So I think this will be obvious, but this must be written down (I’m told that makes for civilized society) – ANY VIOLATIONS OF THE NO ELECTRIC RULE WILL LEAD TO IMMEDIATE THE REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF THE FULL ENTRY AMOUNT ($400 additional) OR FACE DQ – and a serious blow to your BBQ credentials! (Also, I will then feed your turn-ins to the unwashed masses of BBQ fanatics that will be at the Open House and will tell them all that you will be happy to help them with their BBQ questions, regardless of how annoying they are!)
j. If you are unsure if any of the equipment you will be using will be considered as ineligible – please ask before using! Anything questionable will be reviewed quickly and a ruling will be made on the spot. If it doesn’t “feel” right, think twice.
2. El Biggo Rulo Numero Dos (again, Spanish…that makes it serious!) – IRONMAN!
a. That’s right – I MADE THAT UP! This is the first and only Ironman BBQ Challenge that I know of! What exactly does that mean? It means we will check your cooler for/and you can only cook and turn in……. i. Seven (7) pieces of chicken! 1. We allow one extra piece for Pitmaster tasting. ii. One (1) rack of pork ribs! 1. Either Spares or Baby Backs…but only one rack. iii. One (1) Pork Butt (or should I say Pork Shoulder Blade Roast? Ugh.) 1. Present whatever you want in the box, but it has to come from the (1) Pork Butt you cook. iv. One (1) Beef Brisket! 1. Again, whatever you want in the box – burnt ends, etc. – but from the (1) Brisket you cook.
b. Can you bring multiple pieces of meat? – NO! i. Choose your meat carefully BEFORE you arrive here. ii. We will only inspect your competition meats, any other meats found in the cooler will be confiscated…or something like that.
c. Can you cheat? – NO!
i. Additional Note – Well I suppose so, but shame on you if you do. The idea here is to turn in what you cook! i.e. get it right the first time, the one time, the only time, without the crutch of additional backup meats!
ii. Another thing- Anyone who voluntarily agreed to the Go Naked IRONMAN format and is caught using electric or additional meats will be required to pay $400 immediately or face disqualification for not paying full entry fee. Upon payment of the $400, that team will only be eligible for the lower prize amounts and will be shamed publicly and often. iii. Anyone cheating and not caught will have gnawing guilt festering inside of them until they are driven mad by the shame….or something to that effect.
d. Can you cook dinner? – YES, so long as it is not chicken, pork ribs, pork butt, or brisket.
3. Full KCBS rules apply – so garnish away!
a. Any questions regarding KCBS rules can be answered by KCBS at www.kcbs.us.
That’s about it for our rules if you have questions or concerns or we have been way too vague about something, please feel free to email your questions to email@example.com.
What is the Schedule?
Friday, April 6th, 2017
7:00AM – 9:00PM – TEAM CHECK IN
- Confirm spot – check in
- Get set up
- Get meat inspected (will inspect meat as soon as you are ready – just holler!)
- Get Wings for People’s Choice competition (1st come, 1st choice)
6:00 PM – COOK’S MEETING IN TENT AREA – MANDATORY
- New teams – would like to have everyone from the team there
- Experienced teams – bring as many folks as you want, there’s lots of room
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM – BOAT DRINKS AND PIZZA – FREE FOR EVERYONE!
11:00PM – 6:00A – LIGHTS OUT/QUIET TIME OBSERVED – PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS. COFFEE WILL BE AVAILABLE ALL NIGHT.
Saturday, April 7th, 2017
6:45AM – 8:00AM – CHEAP HOT BREAKFAST FOR ALL TEAMS
8:00AM – 10:30AM – MALICIOUS JUDGES ARRIVE
9:00AM – THE GO NAKED/IRON MAN/ OPEN HOUSE OFFICIALLY OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
EVENTS – BEGINNING AT 9am
10:30AM – EVIL JUDGES MEETING
- 11:00a – PEOPLES CHOICE CHICKEN WINGS TO BE PICKED UP AT EACH SITE!
WINGS TO BE SMOKED/GRILLED AND SAUCED PER YOUR PREFERENCE FOR PUBLIC JUDGING – HOT/NOT HOT TO YOUR PREFERENCE.
(SERIOUSLY, IT WILL BE A SOMEWHAT CONTROLLED FREE-FOR-ALL FOR THE PUBLIC, DO WHAT YOU LIKE AND MAYBE THEY’LL LIKE IT TOO!)
- 11:55AM – 12:05PM – CHICKEN TURN-IN
- 12:25PM – 12:35PM – PORK RIBS TURN-IN
- 12:55PM – 1:05PM – PORK SHOULDER OR BUTT TURN-IN
- 1:25PM – 1:35PM – BRISKET TURN-IN
1:45P – CLEAN UP, CHILL OUT, DRINK BEER
4:30PM – BBQ AWARDS CEREMONY AT PATIO