This was our 10th year competing at the Lakeland Pig Fest, our first year was in Backyard and the next nine as a Pro. It is our largest vending gig and this year we set a Swamp Boys record. Between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon I cooked 120 racks of ribs and 150 pounds of pork, plus my contest meats. Add in the 4 bushels of corn and the Swamp Babes did a fantastic job moving all that food!
The competition side was disappointing for me as I did not get a single call. First time in several years that’s happened. I ended up 22nd out of 70 pro teams. It broke a string of 7 contests of finishing in the top 3. Lakeland has always been challenging for me for whatever reason. I think I might just look at it as a great vending chance from now on. On the plus side in the overall standings the Grand Champion, 3rd, 4th, and 6th place teams (out of 70) are all grads of Swamp Boys Q School. I was pretty excited about that!