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Old 04-11-2021, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default First bbq competition

Me and a couple of friend joined our first competition this past weekend in Apopka florida. Well we got our behinds handed to us LOL. Kind of expected it but it was a good learning experience. I was very surprised to see the number of pellet smokers at the event seemed like the majority of the teams had one. Some of them exclusively pellet grills.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:59 AM   #2
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Awesome! Sounds like you had a good time this weekend.

Yes there are smokers of all types at competitions. It really comes down to personal preference. You can cook championship Q on nearly any type of smoker.
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:48 PM   #3
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Welcome to the madness. I've had a few humbling events but keep going back. Lots of fun. Hope you'll find the same.
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:50 PM   #4
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We are already working on what to change for the next time. One of the things we were not prepared for was the Florida bbq association judges like super sweet. But live and learn.
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:54 PM   #5
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Congrats on your first event. We (that compete) have all been there and it is absolutely a learning process. I've heard the same thing about Florida preferring sweet BBQ, so good luck finding your "sweet spot".
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Old 04-12-2021, 10:22 PM   #6
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So many comps are still being cancelled everywhere this year I sure hope maybe 2022 will be better.
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Old 04-13-2021, 06:05 AM   #7
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Be careful, it can suck you in. We were in Apopka also, our 3rd year there, it's a great contest. If you want to improve quickly look at Swamp Boys BBQ class, made a huge difference for us. Good luck.
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Old 04-13-2021, 06:59 AM   #8
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Congrats , welcome to BBQ comp world. We were there as well Keepin it Smokin BBQ

We took 9th chicken and 1st place ribs !!
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