July Full Exposure Competition BBQ Class

Aporkalypse Now Competition BBQ Class.
July 11th – July 12th

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Come experience our winning techniques and recipes in this  full hands on,tell all experience from the Mid Atlantic BBQ Association Team of the year with  10 Grand Championships under our belt.

Students from the first two 2015 classes have achieved 2 Grand Championships, 1 Reserve Grand Championship, 6 Category wins, 8 top 10 finishes and over 20 top 10 category finishes and it’s only April!

Pedigree

  • (Cooking for 4 years – 45 comps)
  • KCBS top 20 Team
  • 2014 MABA Team of the Year
  • 97.7% Win Money Rate
  • 10 Grand Championships
  • 9 Reserve Championships
  • 42 Top 10 finishes
  • 17 1st place Category Wins
  • 146 Calls
  • 3x Participant at the Jack Daniels World Championships
  • Sam’s Club National finalist

This class will cover the full gamut of KCBS style competition BBQ
using the system taught by Pitmaster Michael Fay.
This will be a full hands on, tell all experience , nothing will be held back. We’ll discuss all gamuts of competition BBQ from A to Z.
We will prepare all injections, rubs and sauces onsite.
Students will trim, prep, cut, box
and sample all 4 of the KCBS meats.
Foundation + Recipes + Techniques = Winning!

  • Cost is $600 per student (spouse $200)
  • Location: Galvinell Meats 461 Ragan Rd, Conowingo, MD 21918
  • Full tell all class: Techniques, injections, rubs, sauces, toys, boxes (no hold backs)
  • Hands on – everyone gets dirty!
  • Class begins at 11am on Saturday and will break for dinner about 5pm (depending on questions) 
  • Sunday the class will follow the complete KCBS timeline formally ending around 2:00 but Michael will stay until all questions are answered.
  • Bulk of the class will be held indoors; cooking will be done on the Aprokalypse Now Competition Rig
  • Due to the class being hands on, class size is limited to 25 students
  • Sign ups close Monday, July 6th, prepayment is required to reserve a seat.
  • No refunds . If you are unable to attend you can roll over to the next class or discuss your situation on a case by case basis.Class teach 01

 

 

 

 

 

Comments from previews Classes

If you are looking at doing a class then this is the one to take. Mike didn’t hold back with valuable tips, tricks and tools of the “trade”. We came away know it was money well spent.”

“What I now tell you is absolutely true. This class taught by Michael Fay is a 100% tell all class. The hands on teaching trimming meats and cutting them for boxing. Plus much more, is unmatched by any other class at this price-point. We have taken 2 other classes by nationally known bbq teams and they don’t even come close to Aporkalypse Now BBQ. We are implementing the entire program for 2015 and expect to have numerous walks with a GC and/or RsvGC.”

“If you are on any fence about taking a class, you will want to be in this one! Like Bill says, hands on for everything as far as prepping, injecting, slicing and dicing! Aside from learning how to cook great, the amount of tips and tricks will floor you! Recipes (and why certain products are used over others) are all there. Very methodical, and he maximizes the time spent in all areas. Be there, or Be square!!!”

“The class was great, from the tell all information, to the nuggets of information, it was very informative. A tremendous value for a hands on, tell all class.”

Sign up online or you can send a check payable to Michael Fay to

Aporkalypse Now Class
C/O Michael Fay
7416 Jervis Street
Springfield, VA 22151

NEW! EZ-PAYMENT OPTION

If you like you can select the Comp Student Ticket – EZ-Pay. With EZ-Pay you can hold your spot for $210, then we will send you a Paypal invoice for $210 in May 30th (must be paid within 72 hours to continue to hold your spot) then again on June 30th. (must be paid within 72 hours to continue to hold your spot)

Hotels Near Galvinell’s

Days Inn Perryville
61 Heather Ln
Perryville, MD 21903

Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen
1050 Beards Hill Rd
Aberdeen, MD 21001

Super 8 Havre De Grace Aberdeen Area
929 Pulaski Hwy
Havre De Grace, MD 21078

Limited camping is available on Galvinell’s property (no hookup / electric / water / sewer) contact Galvinell’s directly at 410-378-3032 for more info and availability.

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Our 2015 Competition Schedule

Announcing our 2015 Competition schedule.  If you’re attending or in the area please stop by and say hi!

4/10 – 4/11 –     Triple Threat BBQ Beer and Music Festival
4/17 – 4/18 –      2nd Annual Pickin’ N’ Pullin BBQ Competition
5/1 – 5/2    –       Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival
5/8 – 5/9   –        BBQ Jamboree
5/15 – 5/16 –      Chesapeake Jubilee BBQ Cook-Off
5/29 – 5/30        Beltway BBQ Battle – Ft Washington, MD – confirmed
6/13 – 6/14 –      Sun BBQ Fest Uncasville, CT
6/19 – 6/20        Almost Heaven BBQ Bash
6/27-6/28          National Capital Barbecue Battle
7/17 – 7/19        8/1 – 8/2     Smikin at the Maples 
8/14 – 8/15       
14th Annual Maryland State BBQ Bash
8/21 – 8/22        VA BBQ Championships Hampton, VA – confirmed
8/28 – 8/29        New Holland Summer Fest New Holland, PA – confirmed
9/11-9/13          Atlantic City BBQ Championships
10/2 – 10-4         American Royal (hopefully!)
10/9-10/11       Highpoint BBQ Battle
10/16-10/17     Shenandoah Valley BBQ Fest
10/23-10/24    
Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitation Barbecue (wishing will make it so)
1/29-1/31        
2016 Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational 

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Full Exposure Competition BBQ Class 2nd edition

Mike_sliceAporkalypse Now Competition BBQ Class.
March 21- March 22nd

Come experience our winning techniques and recipes in this  full hands on,tell all experience from the Mid Atlantic BBQ Association Team of the year with 10 Grand Championships under our belt.

Pedigree

  • (Cooking for 4 years – 45 comps)
  • KCBS top 20 Team
  • 2014 MABA Team of the Year
  • 97.7% Win Money Rate
  • 10 Grand Championships
  • 9 Reserve Championships
  • 42 Top 10 finishes
  • 17 1st place Category Wins
  • 146 Calls
  • 3x Participant at the Jack Daniels World Championships
  • Sam’s Club National finalist

This class will cover the full gamut of KCBS style competition BBQ
using the system taught by Pitmaster Michael Fay.
This will be a full hands on, tell all experience , nothing will be held back. We’ll discuss all gamuts of competition BBQ from A to Z.
We will prepare all injections, rubs and sauces onsite.
Students will trim, prep, cut, box
and sample all 4 of the KCBS meats.
Foundation + Recipes + Techniques = Winning!

  • Cost is $600 per student (spouse $200)
  • Location: Firecraft BBQ, 1028 Saunders Lane, West Chester, PA 19380
  • Full tell all class: Techniques, injections, rubs, sauces, toys, boxes (no hold backs)
  • Hands on – everyone gets dirty!
  • Class begins at 11am on Saturday and will break for dinner about 5pm (depending on questions) 
  • Sunday the class will follow the complete KCBS timeline formally ending around 2:00 but Michael will stay until all questions are answered.
  • Bulk of the class will be held indoors; cooking will be done on the Aprokalypse Now Competition Rig
  • Due to the class being hands on, class size is limited to 25 students
  • Sign ups close Monday, March 17th, prepayment is required to reserve a seat.
  • No refunds after March 17th.

 

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Comments from the January Class

If you are looking at doing a class then this is the one to take. Mike didn’t hold back with valuable tips, tricks and tools of the “trade”. We came away know it was money well spent.”

“What I now tell you is absolutely true. This class taught by Michael Fay is a 100% tell all class. The hands on teaching trimming meats and cutting them for boxing. Plus much more, is unmatched by any other class at this price-point. We have taken 2 other classes by nationally known bbq teams and they don’t even come close to Aporkalypse Now BBQ. We are implementing the entire program for 2015 and expect to have numerous walks with a GC and/or RsvGC.”

“If you are on any fence about taking a class, you will want to be in this one! Like Bill says, hands on for everything as far as prepping, injecting, slicing and dicing! Aside from learning how to cook great, the amount of tips and tricks will floor you! Recipes (and why certain products are used over others) are all there. Very methodical, and he maximizes the time spent in all areas. Be there, or Be square!!!”

“The class was great, from the tell all information, to the nuggets of information, it was very informative. A tremendous value for a hands on, tell all class.”

Click here to sign up online or you can send a check payable to Michael Fay to

Aporkalypse Now Class
C/O Michael Fay
7416 Jervis Street
Springfield, VA 22151

Hotels Near Firecraft

Holiday Inn Express Exton-Lionville
120 North Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341

Sheraton Great Valley Hotel
707 East Lancaster Avenue
Frazer, PA 19355

Hampton Inn Philadelphia/Great Valley/Malvern
635 Lancaster Avenue
Frazer, PA 19355

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Full Exposure Competition BBQ Class

Mike_sliceAnnouncing the Aporkalypse Now Competition BBQ Class.
January 24th – January 25th 2015

This class will cover the full gamut of KCBS style competition BBQ
using the system taught by Pitmaster Michael Fay.
This will be a full hands on,
tell all experience , nothing will be held back.
We’ll discuss all gamuts of competition BBQ from A to Z.
Students will trim, prep, cut, box
and sample all 4 of the KCBS meats.
Foundation + Recipes + Techniques = Winning!

 

  • Cost is $600 per student (spouse $150)
  • Location: Springfield Virginia
  • Full tell all class: Techniques, rubs, sauces, toys, boxes (no hold backs)
  • Hands on – everyone gets dirty!
  • Class begins at 11am on Saturday and will break for dinner about 5pm (depending on questions) 
  • Sunday the class will follow the complete KCBS timeline formally ending around 2:00 but Michael will stay until all questions are answered.
  • Yes it’s January but it’s historically been in the high 40’s that weekend. We will have a fully enclosed tent with heaters.

Sign up online or you can send a check payable to Michael Fay to

Aporkalypse Now Class
C/O Michael Fay
7416 Jervis Street
Springfield, VA 22151

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Knife Skills 101 for 9/20 canceled

Hi Folks,

I’m going to have to cancel this weekends knife skills class – I apologize for the short notice. I will reschedule as soon as the issue is resolved.

Again, sorry for the late notice.

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Knife Skills 101 class announcement

Knife Skills 101

Cut, slice, dice and work like a pro!

People have been asking so here it is – Knife skills 101 – Not just for BBQ.
Two classes are in the offering right now;

Brisket slicing

Brisket slicing


Join our award winning pitmaster Michael Fay for a 4 hour class on basic knife skills. While this is not a BBQ or BBQ competition class some BBQ specific techniques will be included.

The class will include demonstration and hands on instruction in:

  • Knife types and selection
  • Knife and cutting board use
  • Care and maintenance
  • Basic and advanced grips
  • Fundamental cuts for vegetables
    • mince
    • dice
    • brunoise
    • bâtonnet
    • julienne
  • Chicken butchery
  • large protein breaking techniques
  • Beef brisket fininshing

Class will run 4 hours and includes lunch.

Students are encouraged to bring their own knives but demo knives will be available.

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2014 Schedule Changes

Our revised 2014 Schedule:

Changes and event cancellations have forced a few schedule changes for the team.  Here’s the revised schedule and a review of completed contests.

APRIL

Rockahock’s Pickin’ and Pullin’ Festival – Grand Champion

Delaware’s Triple Threat BBQ Festival at the Fair – Grand Champion

May

Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival – 3rd overall

BBQ Jamboree – Grand Champion

Roc City Rib Fest

June

Beltway BBQ Showdown

Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Hogging Up Virginia Bluegrass BBQ Festival

July

Gettysburg Chili-Brew and BBQ 2 – Canceled

August

Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ

MD State BBQ Bash

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour

New Holland Summerfest

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour (Regional) - Tentative

September

Hogs and Hops BBQ FestivalCanceled

Smokin on the TrackAdded

October

DO AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship - Added

4TH Annual High Point BBQ

Jack Daniels World Championship – Added

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Fast out of the gate

Now that the dust of the first two weeks of the 2014 BBQ season is over the Aporkalypse Now Crew gets a two week rest before a 3 out of 4 week competition schedule in May. And what a 2 week opener it was.

We had planned a couple of practice cooks and tastings but the snowy winter / spring thwarted us at every turn, so a couple of blind tweeks here and there and we were off to the races.

We started with a new event in Southern Virginia, The Rockahock Pickin and Pullin Festival in Lanexa Virginia. This was held at the Rockahock campground and as such the cooks wanted for nothing; large sites; electric, water, and facilities and showers.

When the smoke cleared we were called for 3rd chicken, 20th ribs, 2nd pork and 1st brisket. Before announcing the overall winners they announced People’s choice and for the first time we were called as the People’s choice favorite. Back to the Overall winners and we claimed our first Grand Championship of 2014!
Grand-champ_Rockahock-2014

The very next weekend we attended another (sort of) new Competition  organized by long time friend and organizer Sandy Fulton: The Delaware Triple Threat at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington Delaware. This event had special meaning for us since we were the Grand Champion at Hogs and Hops at the same location back in September. With the unfortunate cancellation of the Middletown Delaware competition this year this meant that winning Triple Threat meant a free ride to the 2014 Jack Daniels World BBQ Championships in October.
Jack-2014-logoBut what a hill to climb. 109 of the best teams from around the country. 28 Grand Champions, 8 hungry Reserve Grand champions, 3 former Jack Daniels winners and not a weak team in the bunch; all looking for a 50/50 shot at the Jack.

The weather was perfect all weekend and our cook went smoothly. When the smoke cleared awards did not start off well for us, no chicken call. An 11th place rib call followed along with a 5th place pork call. Once again it all came down to brisket we’ve been there many times before. This time…….1st place brisket!! But was it enough? It was! Grand Champion for the second week in a row and a trip to Lynchburg Tennessee!
Triple_Threat_14_63Next up for is will be the Naptown BaybQ in Annapolis MD the 3rd and 4th of May followed by the BBQ Jamboree in Fredericksburg, VA the following weekend. Come out and say hi!

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2014 BBQ Season – and here. we. go.

Once more into the breech for the Aprokalypse now team. We had a pretty good 2013 but are hoping for even more in 2014. Some new recipes, some tweaks,  and mod or two and we’ll be off and running.

Check the Upcoming Events Page for more details

Our Current 2014 Schedule:

APRIL

Rockahock’s Pickin’ and Pullin’ Festival

Delaware’s Triple Threat BBQ Festival at the Fair

May

Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival

BBQ Jamboree

Roc City Rib Fest

June

Beltway BBQ Showdown

Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Hogging Up Virginia Bluegrass BBQ Festival

July

Gettysburg Chili-Brew and BBQ 2

August

Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ

MD State BBQ Bash

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour

New Holland Summerfest

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour (Regional) - Tentative

September

Hogs and Hops BBQ Festival

October

4TH Annual High Point BBQ

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for that unique something for the outdoor cook in your life? We’ve put together a list of 12 of our favorites for your outdoor / BBQ addict. Look at it this way – BBQ is cheaper than golf and, even if it isn’t, you can’t eat golf balls!

Our 12 days of BBQ list

12. Dizzy Pig Cow lick Seasoning

Cowlick

Not just for BBQ! Cow lick is as at home on steaks, burgers, chops, beef soups, and even chili as it is on Brisket. It’s our go to beef seasoning both inside and outside.
Dizzy Pig Cowlick

11. Savannah Jean’s BBQ Sauce

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New this year from our teammate Todd, Savannah Jean’s is a sweet spicy blend with just the right amount of heat and bite. Look for this to make big inroads in the BBQ world in 2014. Get in on the ground floor!
Savannah Jean’s BBQ

10.  Deep bottle measuring Spoons

Deep_Spoons
BBQ cooks tend to purchase rubs and spices in larger than average containers and there are few thing more frustrating than having your measuring spoon wider than the mouth of the spice jar or not being able to reach into the contents. These spoons solve both problems.
Sur la Table

9.  Stainless Steel Pan Rack

20038_wire_grateNo more rust, no more crust with these 100% 18-8 stainless steel wire racks. They measure 10″ x 18″ x 3/4 so they fit both disposable aluminum pans as well as stainless hotel pans. Completely dish washer safe. No more rust or chrome flakes on your turn ins.
SS Cooking racks

8. 5cc Power Injector

5cc-draw-injectorNot just for competitors! High volume meat injector system that can push up to 5ml of injection with a single squeeze of the handle. Spring loaded to automatically refill reservoir dramatically cutting your injection time.
5cc Injector

7. MAC 10.5 inch Black Ceramic Honing Rod

Mac_black_ceramicThis is the best ceramic honing rod on the market for keeping your knives in razor sharp condition.  The Mac Black Ceramic Honing Rod is an extremely hard 81° Rockwell compared to metal rods (“steels”) at 62° and white ceramic rods at 76°. The rod must be significantly harder than the steel blade so that the softer blade hones when rubbed against the harder rod.
MAC Ceramic honing rod

6. Thermoworks ChefAlarm ®

chefalarm_green_z_aIt seems this one is on everyone’s gift guide this year and with good reason.  Features include: Splash-proof design for commercial kitchens; Uses Pro-Series® temperature probes; Includes Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe with cable to 700°F max temp: Optional Pro-Series Needle Probe for thin cuts and Sous Vide: Adjustable high and low alarms; Always-on Min & Max temperatures; Adjustable volume to 92dB (4 settings); Includes count-down and count-up timer; Really big digits and a backlight!;  Available in 9 colors.

Make sure you order the needle probe too – your chicken and fish will thank you.
Thermoworks ChefAlarm ®

5. Wusthof 6inch flexible trim knife

 

4550-FlexThis is our go to trim blade.  This Wusthof Flexible Fillet Knife features a 6-inch blade which is perfect for working fat and silver skin off of briskets, pork butts, and ribs. The blade of this knife is thin and extremely flexible but wider than a traditional boning knife making it easy to work in small areas producing clean cuts.
6inch Trim Knife

 4.  Niedner ECONOFLO FORESTRY FIRE HOSE, 3/4 Inch x 50 Ft.,

Forest_fire_hose

At this point you’re going whuuuut? Fire hose? More people ask us about this at comps than anything else. It’s a flat portable 3/4″ fire hose designed for smoke jumpers.  Here’s why it’s great for BBQ cooks that travel – 50 feet of this hose rolls up into an 8 inch coil and weighs 24 ounces. No more huge coils of rubber hose. Don’t confuse this with the cheap expand-o hose you get at Home Depot or Lowes. This hose is rated for 300 psi service with a burst pressure of 600 psi. More than enough to handle the high water pressure found at a lot of fairgrounds.
FORESTRY FIRE HOSE

3. BBQ Guru CyberQ Wifi

Cyber-wifi-no-adaptorAnother item that’s in everyone’s 2013 gift guide with good reason. Not only does the CyberQ maintain your pit temperature, It also can broadcast the info and control info to your PC, smart phone or tablet via wi-fi.  ANYTHING that lets you get more sleep at contests is a good thing!
BBQ Guru CyberQ

2. Wusthof 14″ Grand Slicer

451736You know it was going to to be on here. We designed it! 36cm (14 inch) radial curved Grand Brisket slicer by Wusthof – A MABA original. This knife is designed for both the professional and hobbyist cook. A 2mm wide blade with a razor sharp 16.5 degree beveled blade effortlessly slices through the softest meats without tearing. The radial curve of the blade and incorporated scallops will cut blemish free slices with ease.
14″ Grand Slicer

1. Remote Tire pressure Monitor System (TPMS)

 

TST_TPMSAnother off the beaten path gift for BBQ cooks that travel and tow trailers. Remotely monitors both the pressure and temperature  of your trailer tires (or any tires really. The system can monitor up to 24 tires simultaneously). Alerts you when either exceed or drop below defined limits so you can take action before you experience a blow out or a hub freeze.
TST 510 TPMS System

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