Are you ready for the annual Schroon Lake’s Fish and game club’s annual Chicken and Lobster (Smackdown) Bake?
The official title of the event is the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club’s Lobster and Chicken Bake, with the Lobster getting the top billing. And that’s why there is a good natured rivalry between the lobster and the chicken crews.
We can’t wait for this terrific day. As a member of the Chicken barbecue crew last year, we got a front row seat and witnessed first hand why there is a contest over who gets top billing.
There's The Master Chicken chefs -- who spent hours tending the most delicious, mouthwatering barbecued chicken you will ever taste -- and the other guys: whose only task is to load lobsters into a big steam tank.
Actually, the Chicken prep takes days, as we learned from Joe Steiniger, who is leading the charge to get the Chicken top billing.
“My premise is this - the chicken crew spends weeks preparing for this event. We blend out secret spice rub for the birds. We simmer our homemade BBQ sauce for hours the day before the event. We prepare the grill pits - so called firehouse grills - that can barbecue 480 half chickens at one time. Then we have to slave over smoky BBQ pits for hours to make it all come together - exactly on time.
The lobster guys on the other hand, show up an hour before, boil some water, plunk in a few hundred lobsters and wait until they turn red. For this they should get top billing? I don't think so!.
So save the date: Saturday, September 6, 2014. The full menu includes lobster, chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, baked potato, Manhattan and New England clam chowder. Also for sale will be hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage and peppers. Tickets are on sale now around Schroon Lake and at the club or by calling 518 532-7953 for ticket information.