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Unread 11-02-2008, 06:14 PM   #46
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Two lessons I have learned.

1.) trim your chicken the day before and foodsaver it or just put in big baggies
in the cooler...BIG time saver.....Newbies remember, no seasoning or marinating ...just trimming.

2.) Make ABSOLUTELY SURE that your ribs and brisket slices are COMPLETELY
cut through!!

Pick each rib up separately and place in the box.......

Don't ask me how I know........


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Unread 11-02-2008, 06:33 PM   #47
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After all of this good advice, the main things to remember:

1) Have fun....
2) Learn from your mistakes...

and my new things to remember:

1) NEVER change anything at a comp ... do what you do best
2) Don't drop the first two slabs of ribs in the dirt when you only bring three...

And I know, no one else has ever done this before either.....

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Unread 11-02-2008, 08:30 PM   #48
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We are NEWBIES to Comp. --- among the many lessons. Designate a clean, extra cooler with a towel for 'early' meat to rest.

I put a case of beer in it the nite before...which means it must be consumed -- to 'make room for the meat'. Any excuse to 'crack cans'.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 09:51 AM   #49
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Ultimate rookie mistake. Sadly a true story...

First comp, after spending three days reminding people what they are supposed to bring to the event, we arrive and set. We get everything ready and pass inspection. Then, it's time to light up...

Where are the matches?
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Unread 01-28-2010, 11:16 AM   #50
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Who needs matches? We use our BMF!
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Unread 01-28-2010, 12:59 PM   #51
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There's a thin line between enjoying yourself and having a good time. If you want to have a good time, I know of a thousand better ways to spend $700 for a good time. This is a contest, a competition, treat it as such. Besides, you "having fun" could be a nuisance to your neighbors.

I should add too, that BBQ people are the freindliest people in this country. If you have a question, ask. If you need help, ask.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 03:15 PM   #52
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If you are using boiling hot grease for an anything butt entry, do not let said hot grease onto your gloved hand, then catch on fire causing you to spill an even larger amount of the boiling grease onto your bare wrist and into the aforementioned glove...come to think of it, you can probably apply that one to cooking away from comps too.
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In addition to Diver's comments:
Do not attempt to pick up firebrick that's been in firebox for the past 12 hours with only a food service glove - assuming you're hand is actually inside a welding glove. If you do, make sure you have a cooler full of ice cold water very close.
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Pay close attention to all the stuff you DON'T use. Get rid of all the extra crap - that way clean-up will be easier! Do you REALLY need 2 10x10 tents? Do you really need 4 prep tables? These are the questions we had to ask ourselves after our first comp.
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Are you trying to mock me? LOL!
We downsize for a few contests, but when the warden wants it her way-she gets it!
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Sage advice all... Here are my top 3...

1. Game plan...
2. Pack list...
3. Meat pre-prep...

Good luck folks!
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Are you trying to mock me? LOL!
We downsize for a few contests, but when the warden wants it her way-she gets it!
Listen, I'd love to have your Chariot! If I had that much room I'd pack the brewstand as well!
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Unread 01-29-2010, 04:51 PM   #58
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Our first and only comp was last year and I would say my list would be:

1) Water bucket of some sort (we forgot them)
2) Pre-prep/trimming of food
3) Ice can be expensive on site
4) We had a few 2-day practice runs with turn in boxes leading up to the event
that helped a ton!
5) Don't be scared that your doing something wrong. Everyone has there own
way and no one will think your stupid for lighting your pit at a different time
or putting your meat on an hour later than you neighbor.


We had a blast and got a call in chicken which we thought was pretty cool!! We did well at our first event last year and Donkey Punch BBQ will be doing 4-5 more this year, just not sure where yet :)
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I forgot the most important thing. Take a class! No joke, here. It takes humility to sumbit yourself to another person's expertise. But there is now way to to learn more than by spending time with a proven master. It worked for the Karate Kid - it'll work for you.
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I'd actually argue that it would be beneficial to compete at least 3 times prior to spending good money on a class.
- get a feel for the competition so when the instructor is going over things you immediately know why rather then wonder why
- make sure you have the desire to compete, we've all went out and bought something with the feeling it was gonna be our next favorite time waster - then we tried it and it wasn't as fun as it sounded. Tangible toys can at least be sold to cut the loss. While learnings in class can still be applied to the backyard - it would still be a tough pill to swallow if it were me
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