TR BBQ 2011: the aftermath!

At long last, I finally managed to make it to the annual TR BBQ, eight years into its most excellent existence. TR sales honcho Adam "Inkling" Eiberger and I drove up from Kansas City on Friday and joined the festivities, along with a very nice group of folks from places as far-flung as Texas and California, amazingly enough. I have to say: meeting our readers en masse like this is an amazingly humbling experience, because everybody involved is so bright, personable, and enthusiastic. We are lucky to serve a group of folks of this caliber every day.

I have more to say about the day's events, along with a bunch of pictures. I'll try to add pictures to gallery below as I get them edited, but let's start with a group shot below and a high-res version of it in the gallery.

We had tasty barbecued ribs, an intensely competitive baggo tournament, a nice sampling of home brews from JBI and Gleek, a picture-perfect setting on the lakeshore, and a campfire on the beach with s'mores and fireworks. The highlight for me, though, was meeting all of the people. Sounds corny, yeah, but it was the sort of day to inspire such talk.

Oh, here's a look at how a group of geeks handles a problem. We overclocked the fire pit:

You'll find more reactions, pictures, and recaps in the official TR BBQ VIII thread, starting on this page.

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