Big Fresno Fair - Round 2

The Big Fresno Fair has rolled around again, it seems like it was just yesterday that I was here talking about the BBQ and Chili contests, and first introducing you to Chicken Charlie.

This year the barbeque contest and chili cook-off were bigger and better than ever, with tongue tantalizing delights to make your taste buds water just from the aromas and that blew away the judges.

There were 21 barbeque contestants in seven categories, and 8 chili contestants in adult and junior divisions. Let me tell you about some of the winners:

There was the grandfather and grandson who won in chili, and were both first timers to the contest! Jim won for the adults and Neal own for the juniors (9 – 17 year olds). It was so heartwarming to see these two cook side by side making their traditional chili’s, and both taking home blue ribbons!

Just as exciting was the story in the barbeque contest – father and son won in the adult division and junior division. Vern won in the adult division’s most prestigious category, Winners’ Circle (the first place winners of the all different categories from the last year compete in Winners’ Circle the this year.) Vern won with his Grilled Opakapaka Fish Tacos (it was the sauce - mayo, sour cream and tomatillo salsa) that did it.

In the junior division, it was all about Dylan – again. Last year Dylan won the junior division and blew away the judges (I swear if there was a best of show, Dylan would have taken it, if for no other reason than the judges were surprised by what a wonderful dish a 16 year old could serve.) This year, Dylan did it again with his DylBob’s Island Style Chickabobs.

Dylan prepping his creation.
When the contests were over, I went over to get a sample of Dylan’s creation and all the chickabobs were gone! No surprise. But I did get to sample the special rice and sauce – oh my gosh! They were delicious! I could have made a meal out of those, I just love sticky rice! Next year Dylan’s moves to the adult division, watch out everyone! You too, Vern!

Dylan wowing the judges.
Here’s Dylan’s recipe:

DylBob’s Island Style Chickabobs
3 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breast cut into 1” cubes
2 cups soy sauce
1 cup vinegar
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 bunch green onions roughly chopped
3 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
Marinate all the above for 2 – 4 hours

2 bell peppers cut into squares
1 onion cut into squares
1 fresh pineapple into squares cut
Skewer all the above in layers plus the chicken
Grill until done

Island Style Sauce
1 cup mayo
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup sugar
3 tbsp Tahini Paste
2 tbsp sesame seeds

Special Rice
Cook 2 cups rice as per directions on bag. After cooking add 8 oz. chopped macadamia nuts and 8 oz. crushed pineapple to rice and stir thoroughly.

Lay skewers on bed of white rice mixed with chopped macadamia nuts and crushed pineapple and drizzle with island style sauce.

Serves 8

(And if nothing else, the Special Rice with the Island Style Sauce are delicious! I can’t wait to try the whole thing!)

1 comment:

  1. why no attention to the other contests? were they not cute enough for you?