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Competition BBQ *On Topic Only* Discussion regarding all aspects of Competition BBQ. Experiences competing or visiting, questions, getting started, Equipment, announcements of events, Results, Reviews, Planning, etc. Questions here will be responded to with competition BBQ in mind.

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:02 PM   #16
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the best way to practice IMO is to make every backyard cook a practice...paying attention to time, temp, and tenderness.....I think that's the best way to practice.....its just to hard to get the whole team together and hang out for 12 hours cooking
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:10 PM   #17
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I practice with ribs and chicken every time I cook. That being said its more about getting my time down verses my flavor profile. But I do a full out comp practice about every 1 1/2 mth.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #18
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I practice more than I will willingly admit to. Cooking BBQ is like riding a bike.. once you remember, you don't forget.. Competition BBQ is like that damn X games BMX bike crap off of ramps.. Got to be 100% in tune with what you do and how you do it.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #19
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yeah, practice means cooking just like you would in a contest.

Practicing isnt testing out a new rub or having a party. Practice is just like a competition.

Tooling around the neighborhood on your kids huffy is not going to get you ready for the tour de france.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:02 PM   #20
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A guy at work told me once "If you're not cooking this weekend, the guy who'll kick your a$$ is!!.. "... Heck, I cook everything as if it were a contest. I can have the entire dinner cooked and ready at the same time.. Time management can always be practiced..
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:05 PM   #21
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We practice at least 3x a month. Sometimes we are doing full competitions for time and others it might be throw a handful of briskets/pork butts on and try different stuff.

We have friends over for input too. They even have to fill out a judge form.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:11 PM   #22
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95% of the time, if my smoker is running, it's because I'm practicing, and I bet my smoker is on at least every other weekend. I don't even compete that much, I think maybe 10 contests this year.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:38 PM   #23
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Location: Maple Shade, N.J.

Our last comp was in Oct. and I cooked all the meats three times over that time frame.
In addition I have tried chicken recipes another three times. On the 19th we will cook a full practice on time line with box turn ins.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #24
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I practice and read bbq articles all winter, modify all spring, cook all summer, buy bigger britches in the fall.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:12 AM   #25
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I practice as often as I can, which is pretty frequently and probably not enough. I may not do four meats but I'm doing 1-2.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:13 AM   #26
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Practice...practice...practice...I'm with the majority, if my smoker is heating up, I'm practicing. I'll track times, temps, make notes to adjust my methods and timelines if need be. I only cook 6 comps or so a year, so practice is needed just to continue to progress.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:28 AM   #27
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I practice my cooks and take a lot of notes. I don't do full blown competition practices where I stay out all night in the driveway, make boxes, etc...
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:37 AM   #28
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An NFL player does not get better playing the game. They get better by breaking it down and practicing pieces.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:40 AM   #29
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I knew we'd be in the minority, but I didn't realize that most teams do practice with some regularity. But, we've always been a team that sort of does everything by the seat of our pants...haha. We've got a contest coming up pretty soon. I might just have to throw some ribs on a cooker this weekend.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:40 AM   #30
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we're doing a full dry run practice on the 20th. Since we are preparing for our first comp, we thought it would be good to do to get feel for everything. and see if we forgot anything.
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