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eggzlot
03-10-2011, 09:59 AM
All -

Long time lurker, first time poster. I am interested in getting involved in the competition circuit.

I am trying to figure out, best to go at it alone (a few friends have offered to help out), or look to join another team in my area (I am in Bergen County, NJ). I saw there are several KCBS and NEBS events this summer within a 2+ hour or so drive from me. Am I even too late to sign up for some of these regional events?

Due to lack of comp experience and portable smoker (I have an XL BGE, not the easiest thing to transport), I was considering asking any of you Brethern for a referral of someone who may be looking to add a member to their team for this season. If I were to go at this on my own, I thought I may look for a place to rent a trailer smoker rig for a few weekends for practice then to bring to comps to make sure this is something I want to invest in for the long haul.

I have experience doing 'cue on my XL BGE, and I did go to a BBQ comp school earlier this year (that would be on my comp experience at this point, just a school) so I do feel I can go at this on my own or add some benefit to team if I were to join them.

I do not personally know any comp BBQ'ers in my area, so I figured I'd throw it out here on the board to see if you guys had any recommendations or suggestions on how to get started on my own (renting a trailer rig in my geographic area, check list of what you need to bring to a comp, etc) or maybe a team to contact locally to hook up with, etc.

Again, I am open to any and all suggestions - thank you in advance!

pigmaker23
03-10-2011, 10:08 AM
Welcome, make sure that you go to Cattle Call and introduce yourself! Yes there are at least 20 contests this summer within 2-3 hours of your home base. I would like to suggest that you check out the NEBS (New England Barbeque Society) website www.nebs.org (http://www.nebs.org) . NEBS has a great mentoring program where you can cook at a contest with team and really be a part of what happens. I'm also sure that many other brothers will chime in after me.. Have Fun :-P

timzcardz
03-10-2011, 11:59 AM
Eggz,

To quickly answer one of your questions, no, you are not too late to sign up for most, if not all, of the comps this year.

As to what you should do? Well we only do a couple a year and there are many so more experienced than us that I'll leave that to them.


However . . .

If you haven't gone and just hung out at a competiton for a weekend, I would highly recommend that you do so at http://www.williepallooza.com/ April 16-17th, and it is only about an hour and a half from you. That would still leave the entire summer ahead of you.

It is GREAT low key competition with teams like mine that do a couple a year, to teams (yes plural) that have made it to The Jack!

Almost all Brethren and VERY friendly. You could spend the weeekend hanging out and talking to a variety of teams and take the best of what you like from all.

You could see about judging the chile and/or BBQ too.

Or if you wanted to, you are welcome to just hang with us, but even though we are great people you would miss out on a great opportunity to take in what the other truly great teams have to offer.

scm1226
03-10-2011, 12:25 PM
You should swing by the first comp that comes by and chat it up with some of the teams. Sat. afternoon/night is always a good time to stop by- everyone should be real open to that.
Swing by and say hello at Willipooloza in Brentwood, LI(4/16-4/17 i think) we will be cooking there.
My team hasn't been doing this that long but we can share what we know.(no trade secrets just yet)

BBQ_MAFIA
03-10-2011, 12:28 PM
PM Sent

applequeen5
03-10-2011, 12:49 PM
Don't be afraid to try. Everyone has their first comp! The suggestion to hang out at a couple of comps, talk to the teams, make observations is also a good suggestion. At our Hudson Valley Ribfest (easy access off the NYS Thruway @ Exit 18), we have a very friendly group of teams. And, your first outing, you don't even have to submit all the categories. Get your feet wet, and you'll be hooked!!
Stephanie (for the Hudson Valley Ribfest crew)

Big George's BBQ
03-10-2011, 02:41 PM
Right now we are only doing New Holland. PM me if interested. I will ask my son

Smokenstein & monster crew
03-10-2011, 03:43 PM
I have only been doing this a couple of years, 3 contests in, & doing 2 this year i am sure of.......Jump in head first, wait , i mean feet first..
I went all in , not knowing what the hell i was doing the first comp..but it worked out & learned lessons, met some great people, had a ton of laughs, and got the bug & i am hooked..... I will also be at williepalooza,
DAMN DOVER

eggzlot
03-11-2011, 12:02 PM
All -

thanks for the amazing support and offers!

I may look into the NEBS mentor program at the Hudson Valley Rib Fest - that looks like a real good option.

I would like to jump in head (feet) first, but since I need most of the equipment from scratch, just want to make sure I am not getting in over my head before I take the full plunge, which I am sure I will. I went from looking at the $75 Brinkmann at Home Depot to getting a BGE XL, so I am sure once I get a little more info or experience on comp's, I'll be all in pretty quickly!

Lakeside Smoker
03-11-2011, 12:57 PM
All -

thanks for the amazing support and offers!

I may look into the NEBS mentor program at the Hudson Valley Rib Fest - that looks like a real good option.

I would like to jump in head (feet) first, but since I need most of the equipment from scratch, just want to make sure I am not getting in over my head before I take the full plunge, which I am sure I will. I went from looking at the $75 Brinkmann at Home Depot to getting a BGE XL, so I am sure once I get a little more info or experience on comp's, I'll be all in pretty quickly!

Good place to start!

Also look into some of the stand alone grilling events coming up on the NEBS schedule. Like Grilling on The Bay(NYC), Rose City (Norwich, CT), and some Tailgate events. A grilling comp can be a great way to get your feet wet without the big commitment of an overnight smoke. Good luck and have fun!

-Mike