Chicken Cook-off Competition


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    Meatgistics: Chicken Cook off Competition

    See who wins in this head to head battle of Austin and Jon! We both took chicken breast, followed our own recipe and let the employees at Walton's decide the winner! Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

    Chicken Cook-off Competition

    This was round two of the cooking competitions between Austin and myself, I was able to convince him to put the Walton’s BBQ Championship Belt, which he won during our National BBQ Day Competition back on the line to see if I could wrestle it from him. This time we decided to go with Chicken breast and see who could grill up the tastier meal for the employees. We let (or made) them try both then rate them 1-3 and pick which they liked best. We had another employee look at the votes and total them so that we wouldn’t know until we were shooting the video!

    For Austin’s chicken he went with a high end chicken nugget like approach. He cut them up into bite size pieces and marinated them over night in Excalibur’s Chipotle Ranch Marinade and then he tossed them in Terrapin Ridge Farms Spicy Chipotle Garnish Squeeze and cooked them for about 45 minutes at 375. These things were loaded with taste when they came off the grill!

    For my recipe, I decided to steal a page from Austin’s book and stuff my chicken breast! I took a huge swing and stuffed it with Mozzarella cheese and Pineapple slices! I then coated it with Kosmo’s Spicy Killer Bee seasoning and added some MSG to that to really kick the whole thing up a few levels! The question is, did this put to many people off or did I hit the sweet spot?

    To make sure things were as even as possible we both used the same grill and the same pellets as well as chicken from the same source. Check out the video to see who won!

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