The event that Dan was invited to judge was the Duel Steak Cookoff, which featured over 100 participants and took place on April 10th, 2021. The event included several other competitions, including a bloody mary contest, a rib contest, and a turkey competition hosted by Turkey Smoke.
When Dan took the judge’s stage, he was one of 4 final judges who tasted the winning steaks from the first group of judges. The judges would rate the steaks on several factors, including presentation, doneness, and taste, with bonus points being available for exceptional qualities. When it was all said and done, Kevin Jaenke aka Smokin TinMan from Illinois took home the grand prize in the steak competition.