Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the 2013 Grand Oyster BBQ Championship held in Seaside, Oregon. While fishing for Sturgeon, actually while watching Ben fishing for Sturgeon each contestant was allowed to phone in their ingredients to a hot supply line for the evening Oyster BBQ event. When we returned to the house after fishing it was a mad dash to the kitchen.
Immediately a fight for the “hole” stove position breaks out.
Contestant number one, Ben Hester grabs the white wine, shallots, and spinach. Contestant number two, Big Hess grabs the bacon and a pan and snags the cooking station.
There is a lot of knife chopping going on in the kitchen.
I cannot tell you what everyone had in their oyster mixture, because it was hush, hush top-secret.
Molly is working the prep station diligently.
Stephanie, contestant three made a butter sauce with some fancy liquor, I think it was called Pastis. An Italian recipe she had read about in Bon Apetite I think.
Contestant 3 with her Secret Butter Sauce.
Contestant four, Jan mama bear, was wearing her Oyster BBQ Championship attire. Jan was quite about her recipe as well and spent a small amount of time in the kitchen preparing. She was sort of like me, bounce in, grab something already chopped and get out with both eyes and all fingers, lots of knife wielding in that place.
Contestant Four, in Lucky Pajamas at 5pm.
Later on, I spotted Jan’s work station.
Jan finally got her work station and began putting together her melody of veggies. I snapped this photo when she was not looking.
I basically just grabbed a few items, chopped peppers, pepperocini’s, garlic, anything I could steal from Molly. Then I mixed it all up with some blue cheese. I did not put a lot of time into like the Hester family. I couldn’t get any time on the stove.
Pajama lady is ready to assemble her oyster at the bbq.
Once they were all ready, we thru them on the bbq. Now here is where I get screwed out of the competition, had I known that each contestant was going to look at their oyster every twelve seconds I wouldn’t have put the pepper jack cheese on top of mine because I couldn’t get it to melt. This will cost me later.
The oysters are loaded, you can see mine to the right, with the cheese not melting.
We had to select one judge, so when Trevor and Mikey came thru the door, we chose Mikey. I knew Trevor would throw me under the bus for all the blog comments I have made about him over the years.
Take this photo for example. Look at Trevor “Sharking” the oysters. Circling the bbq….you could hear the jaws music in the back ground.
Mikey would not know the contestant who was affiliated with each bbq oyster. He only knew a number, he judged on taste and appearance.
This is Judge Mikey
Now the judges would plate their product, give it to Molly who would take it to the judge. No one could be in the house during this time, all except Big Hess, for some reason he was in the kitchen during this time. This would play out later.
The contestants pulling their oysters. Trevor has still not moved from shark position.
One by one, the oysters were brought to the judge. He wrote down a score and gave it back to Molly to read to the rest of us.
Meanwhile Mady is doing crossfit push ups while watching Mickey Mouse on her I Pad.
I do not remember all of the scores but I do remember some of them, like the winner. 99.5 on taste 98.5 on presentation. Big Hess, who was also in the kitchen at the time of the judge, won the competition. I had a score of 100.00 on taste, and 97 on presentation. I think I got third.
Champ with Steph celebrating his big win.
Then the fun begins and the oyster bar opens up and ole Sharky is finally got his oysters and we all got to make and assemble each others oysters.
Oyster assembly line.
Three dozen oysters later, everyone is ready for some more. We ran out of oysters at 3 dozen. What a great way to spend the afternoon! The next day, Mike asked me what he won. We really did not define what the champion won, so I went out and had a shirt made for him.
Big Hess, 2013 Oyster Champion.
I tell you what, we had a great time. How can you beat eating bbq oysters of all different flavors with friends on a deck a the beach? The only downfall was that we did not have 5 dozen oysters.
The Contestants of 2013 Oyster BBQ
See you guys next year, this time I am going to be working all year on this project. 2014 has my name all over it.