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fnbish
04-17-2011, 04:23 PM
So I went to my first bbq competition this weekend with a buddy who cooks bbq with me. It was so awesome! Got a call in ribs (7th) which was crazy since we had no idea how our bbq ranked in general to what other people and teams would cook. It was the "Smokin Pork-n-Butts" in Jackson, GA a MBN event.

The competition was everything I expected and way more. I don't even know where to begin so i'll probably just ramble for a while now :). The amount of fun from cooking, to talking with the other teams, to eating everyones food, and the friendly atmosphere was great. Oh, did I not put beer in that list? I guess that is becuase it takes part in each of those :).

I'm sure everyones first BBQ Comp experience is a little different and a little the same. For us we had done about as much reasearch online through multiple forums/websites (a lot from this one so thank you Brethren) on what to expect from a competition. We did an overnight practice cook a few weeks back and I'm sure that helped for us to figure out our cook times. So we luckily were not too surprised by anything. The only thing we knew would suprise us was when we got there, went through our stuff and figure out what we forgot as we kept saying we would forget something. So when we got there and unpacked we realized the only thing we forgot was paper towels. DOH! But we knew heading down there the local stores were just down the street so we could grab anything we needed. Funny thing was we didn't really need any paper towels right away then at the judges meeting Friday they gave out goodie back and they had paper towels in there :).

Along with Ribs we also cooked Shoulder and Chicken. The shoulder I thought looked and tasted awesome. We cooked 3 butts and got 1 good money muscle along with chunks and pulled from all three. We were really happy with the way it looked as we have been practicing the butt for a while now. We got 13th out of 18 and weren't too upset but though what we had was better than other teams. Go figure right :)? A little disappointed though since we tried the hardest here i think.

Chicken was an ancillary category and that turn in was Friday night. We haven't really cooked a lot of chicken for competition practice and since it was something extra on Friday night we figured why not. Now the chicken experience was interesting because we really didn't try with this. We just wanted to submit what we normally cook and see how it ranks. We did some trimming and know we need work there and only seasoned it with the same rub we use for ribs and shoulder. No brine, no marinade. Just season, smoke and sauce at the end. Since we smoked it fully on the smoker the skin is always a little chewy. I know high heat can help here and many cook on a kettle, but we did what we normally do. The funny thing is for something we didn't try exceptionally hard at (like the shoulder) we got 6th out of 15. I guess our rub, sauce and meat is good because the skin pulled off in 1 bite as normal :).

So not bad overall cooking wise, especially getting that call in ribs. Nice to know our bbq is at least decent. We had no expectations go into it and the biggest thing was just how awesome all the teams, judges and MBN folks were. People looking to help out and give tips without divulging secrets of course :). We have another coming up in May and already can't wait. Going to try and tweak the flavor of the shoulder as we thought appearance looked great.

So here are the pics.

Here's the setup. Brought the Brinkmann and WSM
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/Smokin%20Pork-n-Butts%20Competition/IMG_1228.jpg

Smoking chicken for turn in and also some wild boar sausage my buddy brought.
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/Smokin%20Pork-n-Butts%20Competition/IMG_1232.jpg

Check out the mud on Saturday morning. Being in GA we got some of that bad storms that hit a lot of the south. Lots of rain and wind. Luckily no tornados that did so much damage in the south.
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/Smokin%20Pork-n-Butts%20Competition/IMG_1243.jpg

Teams ran out to buy hay and we followed suit. Funny how something so simple can be so uplifting.
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/Smokin%20Pork-n-Butts%20Competition/IMG_1251.jpg

Here is the shoulder turn in box. Any feedback is definitely welcomed. The money muscle was great. I think we need to align our chunks on the left better, and we also did some pulled on the right.
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/Smokin%20Pork-n-Butts%20Competition/IMG_1253.jpg

And here are our now world famous 7th place ribs :).
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/Smokin%20Pork-n-Butts%20Competition/IMG_1259.jpg

Random pic at night. Getting the WSM ready.
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/fnbish69/Smokin%20Pork-n-Butts%20Competition/IMG_1238.jpg

Rich Parker
04-17-2011, 04:54 PM
Congrats and nice pics!

Big George's BBQ
04-17-2011, 05:12 PM
Congrats Your ribs lookk very good to me

Alan in Ga
04-17-2011, 06:51 PM
Nice looking Ribs and congrats on the call

grossepellets
04-17-2011, 06:53 PM
Its so enjoyable to see others get from this forum what I have gotten out of here for the few years I have known it. Congrats on your first competitions and thanks for sharing the joy you found in it!

Captain P.J.
04-17-2011, 11:10 PM
Congrats on the call and glad you had a good time! Just gotta know if there were any fires from all that hay being around the cookers??

Sammy_Shuford
04-18-2011, 02:13 AM
The rib box looks great, if everything was as good.....

Congrats on the call.

HOG WILD BBQ
04-18-2011, 07:36 AM
Congrats, how many teams were in the compitition?

Ford
04-18-2011, 08:41 AM
Thank you for posting and congrats. The rib box gave me an idea for my FBA rib box of course I need more ribs but still thanks. I'll see how it does in 4 weeks.

fnbish
04-18-2011, 09:03 AM
Congrats on the call and glad you had a good time! Just gotta know if there were any fires from all that hay being around the cookers??

Actually since we rushed out to get hay like many team so we could get back and worry about the turn in we just threw it on the ground not thinking about it obviously :). After about 15mins we looked where the smoker were and said us idiots may want to move the hay from around the smokers. So we did :). So no fires for us or other teams. We'll chalk it up to a good learning experience for next time. Thanks!

fnbish
04-18-2011, 09:04 AM
Congrats, how many teams were in the compitition?

Thanks. There were 18 Backyard teams and I think 12 or 14 pro teams. Not a huge event I don't think but the MBN did a good job of putting it together.

Fatback Joe
04-18-2011, 09:07 AM
Nice job! Congrats.

Thanks for sharing the pics.

Full Draw BBQ
04-18-2011, 11:52 AM
Congrats on getting a call! The ribs look great.......you are now officially hooked. Get your checkbook out!!!!!! haha

fnbish
04-18-2011, 12:57 PM
Congrats on getting a call! The ribs look great.......you are now officially hooked. Get your checkbook out!!!!!! haha

I think I already had it out, but now I just need a bigger one :).

chambersuac
04-18-2011, 01:03 PM
congratulations!

Lake Dogs
04-18-2011, 01:18 PM
Congrats! Hope to see 'ya there next year. Due to diminished $$$ this year we're
down to just 1 competition (darn it), and that'll be in October. *fingers crossed*, but with just a little more funds this one (in Jackson) will be our 2nd MBN competition next year.

The guys to watch are Bubba Grills and Dixie Q, Boggy Pond, and if they'll show up 'round here, Yazoo's Delta Q.

fnbish
04-18-2011, 05:54 PM
Congrats! Hope to see 'ya there next year. Due to diminished $$$ this year we're
down to just 1 competition (darn it), and that'll be in October. *fingers crossed*, but with just a little more funds this one (in Jackson) will be our 2nd MBN competition next year.

The guys to watch are Bubba Grills and Dixie Q, Boggy Pond, and if they'll show up 'round here, Yazoo's Delta Q.

Thanks! Dixie Q won the pro overall if I remember correctly (we were still glowing from our 7th place in ribs). Bubba Grills place 1st in at least one of the categories.

speedrcer1
04-18-2011, 06:00 PM
Big time congrats!
Nice looking food right there.
:eusa_clap

big blue bbq
04-18-2011, 06:06 PM
Wow, you are starting with the same smoker we started with in 2007. We were not upscale enough to have the WSM though. Just a cheap water smoker from Bass Pro Shop. We got 6th in chicken that day. You are now addicted. Let the fun and spending begin. Congrats!!!!!

joeysmac
04-18-2011, 09:06 PM
Man, those UDS's in the background sure do look great! Haha, this is Joey from the OnsiteRIBS team. I'm getting ready to post some pics from this weekend too. I just heard that they are likely not doing another Smokin' Pork n' Butts since the turnout was so poor. We just sent in our registration for the comp at Berneau (sp?). I think you said you will be there, so hopefully we can hang out again. Congrats from a fellow competition-virgin on your results!

fnbish
04-19-2011, 10:49 AM
Man, those UDS's in the background sure do look great! Haha, this is Joey from the OnsiteRIBS team. I'm getting ready to post some pics from this weekend too. I just heard that they are likely not doing another Smokin' Pork n' Butts since the turnout was so poor. We just sent in our registration for the comp at Berneau (sp?). I think you said you will be there, so hopefully we can hang out again. Congrats from a fellow competition-virgin on your results!

Hey Joey. Funny to run into you here. Actually those UDS were not that impressive in my opinion :). I've been looking into building one since Saturday. Will see how that turns out. Hopefully they will do another Pork n Butts next year. The weather that pounds them every event may be taking its toll on teams coming out and also the crowd on Saturday was tiny.

We are already signed up for Brenau. That is only about 20mins from where we live. I can't wait. They are saying an estimated 6,000 people on Saturday. I may need to make an UDS by then to have enough food to hand out.

Congrats on your shoulder 4th place and on your ribs 5th place. I guess we will have to do a better job of sabotaging next time sine you all beat us in both. But getting a call the first time out was awesome. Great to be next to another team like you all. Catch you guys at Brenau. Get ready for a smackdown!

Lake Dogs
04-19-2011, 10:59 AM
Brenau. For the most part, mostly the same judges. 50% or more of the judges are from Milledgeville...

Jackson has had terribly bad luck with the weather... I hope they have it again next year. We lost a really good one in Stone Mountain and another one in Macon.

If you're getting comfy with it and want to beat Bubba (Lonnie) or Dixie Q or the others, y'all sign up with Deep Roots Festival (October, in Milledgeville). Tends to be great weather; competitors on asphalt vs. grass, and 7000+ folks attending, good bands, lots of craft vendors, etc. We will be competing there.

It'll be nice to have a brethren showing.