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Eating our Way Through Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Competition in Sanford, Florida

This past weekend my mama and I decided to have a mommy daughter day date at the Central Florida Zoo for the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown BBQ Competition. Over 40 different meat-loving teams from across the country came together to beat out the competition with the possibility of winning a $20,000 Grand Prize!

Of those 40 teams, there were over 150 competitors battling for a total of $68,000 and some serious bragging rights! These competitors came from all over the country to prove that they made the best chicken, brisket, ribs and pork, and/or a mystery meat! And we came to eat it all!

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As soon as we walked up to the park entrance, we were greeted with the intoxicating smell of smoked meat wafting through the air. There was live country music playing, people dancing, and kids drinking out of sweet tea cups as big as their heads! But after our drive from New Smyrna, all we could think about was tasting some of the food because were starving! So first things first, like the food loving gals that we are, we headed straight to the Sonny’s tent to indulge in their pit masters specialities. Continue reading

Tasty Summer Sandwiches for Grillin’ + Chillin’

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I won’t deny that at the time, summers in NYC seemed like the best thing ever. It probably had to do with the fact that we all appreciated it so much more after coming out of almost 6 terrible months of potential frostbite. But that’s not to say that the rest of the country isn’t scoring big off of the shifting seasons. You see, there are a few things that New Yorkers are missing out on that are far more awesome than a really good Instagram shot of a hotdog positioned in front of the city’s skyline.

Down here in the South (and everywhere else that’s not surrounded by skyscrapers) we have yards! Yards that can be filled with awesome cooking equipment without the fear of it falling 10 stories to its demise. Instead of climbing up sketchy fire escapes or wasting time on DIY levees to help transport your $30 no-name grill up to the rooftop, I now rejoice with my feet safely on the ground, which just so happens to be manicured and solely dedicated to grilling and growing. And I totally am bragging right now but I have to say that my summers outside the city are so much better because of my new fav cooking tool – the Big Green Egg®! Continue reading