TR gerbils from around the country scurried to Holland, Michigan this past weekend to take part in the "second-10th" TR BBQ. Though this was only my second time at the event, Colton "drfish" Westrate and his family are battle-hardened veterans at showing the rest of us a good time, and the BBQ is already a high point of my year. While a few regulars couldn't make it this time, it was great to hang out with some new blood. Hopefully we didn't scare those folks away with our antics.
All told, I'd guess that over 50 people braved the 90-degree-plus heat to eat zgirl's sublime ribs with us at the BBQ's busiest point, making the second-10th BBQ one of the better-attended ones yet. drfish really pulled out all the stops this year to ensure that TR readers could join us virtually, as well—his Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera saw to that. We've already reviewed the excellent wireless networking gear that Asus sent us to provide coverage across the entire BBQ site, and I can confirm that it was up to the task of keeping us wired into the outside world even when cellular connectivity failed.
Lighting of the grill. A BBQ tradition. pic.twitter.com/iWSVoTM9y9— Scott Wasson (@scottwasson) July 23, 2016
I was too busy tearing into ribs to take pictures of the food, but our former editor-in-chief Scott "Damage" Wasson was on site and had the presence of mind to get some snaps (and video) of the grilling and the resultant ribs.
Once we were all suitably full of ribs, we kicked off the traditional cornhole tournament. I was destroyed in the first round of the event—so much the better for taking pictures. I really need to haul my set of boards out of the shed and actually practice some for next year.
After a grueling march through the brackets, Josh S. emerged victorious over frequent champion zgirl and took home a sweet set of G.Skill DDR4 memory.
zgirl got one of the awesome 3D-printed trophies that drfish whipped up for this event, but she graciously gave up her spot in the prize order so that TR forum mod Dposcorp and fourth-place winner idchafee could have their pick of keyboards from Corsair and Cooler Master.
Thanks to our sponsors for those great prizes. We also ensured that newcomer chubbyhorse would be back next year by awarding him the prestigious Wasson Cup. We look forward to seeing where his travels take him with this prized trophy.
Firing potatoes into Lake Michigan at the TR BBQ pic.twitter.com/mWv5evQlzM— Jeff Kampman (@jkampman_tr) July 23, 2016
Once the cornhole championship concluded, we moved to the beach overlook for the traditional firing of potatoes into Lake Michigan, courtesy of Captain Ned's sophisticated spud delivery device.
Swap meet time at the BBQ. pic.twitter.com/PauPlakQAs— Scott Wasson (@scottwasson) July 23, 2016
Dposcorp hauled out a palletload of new and pre-loved hardware for gerbils' perusal during our traditional swap meet.
As the sun set, we watched a huge thunderstorm roll in over Lake Michigan. Despite some intermittent rain showers, we forged ahead and carted Shoes' gigantic fireworks haul down to the beach for a quick show before breaking camp.
Our thanks once again to drfish and family for the tons of prep work and opening their lakeside cabin to the masses, to zgirl for feeding us with her delicious ribs, and to all the TR community members who made the trip. It was great hanging out and talking with all of you. Thanks also to Corsair, G.Skill, and Cooler Master for sending us prizes for our cornhole tournament, and to Asus for sending us that awesome wireless networking gear. We hope to see everybody again next year.