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jeffsasmokin
02-27-2005, 04:39 AM
The Okeechobee Top Of The Lake BBQ Affair was a Blast! This was my first initiation into the competition circuit and the "behind the scenes" action of a sanctioned event. I have to thank Kevin and Clara of Home BBQ and Jimmy of the Taylor Reantal Team for all their gracious assistance and allowing me to to ask so many darn questions. Kudos to Tim and Bridgette of Cosmic Cookers as well!

It was unbelievable to witness so many syles and techniques of barbequing, let alone the killer units that were spread out amongst the competition field. I have a new found appreciation for what it takes to produce competitive 'Q and the hard work of everyone involved to make it happen. (all the way down to the grounds keepers!) I feel for all those who have been up for the last 36 hours cooking and competing, only to break down their setups, attend the ceremonies, then farking drive home for hours! Wow! That really takes grit!

My wife, Cheryl truly enjoyed the event and all the wonderful "down to earth" people we met. There was not one person there that was ever too busy to say Hi, or lend us an ear. We both came away with smiles on our faces and were fed some outstanding 'Q.

Can't wait for the next one!

jeffsasmokin
02-27-2005, 07:39 AM
BTW..........a quick shout-out to Dave Little for all the helpful information he gave me prior to the competition and his patient guidance!

Thanks, Dave!

homebbq
02-27-2005, 08:08 AM
Hey Jeff, I am glad you and Cheryl enjoyed yourselves. Its a great group of people, and thats what makes it addictive.

kcquer
02-27-2005, 09:36 AM
My wife, Cheryl truly enjoyed the event and all the wonderful "down to earth" people we met. There was not one person there that was ever too busy to say Hi, or lend us an ear.

Jeff, sounds like you had a great time. Meeting other Q folk is the highlight of any contest visit. It's awesome to meet others with our affliction that have never met a stranger either 8) :D

spicewine
02-28-2005, 08:18 AM
Got an E-Mail from Jimmy today. It sure was great to hear that they did so well and it was nice to see him putting my smoker to some good use.

That huge trophy looked great on top of my smoker!!!

Bellybro
02-28-2005, 01:27 PM
That huge trophy looked great on top of my smoker!!!

Jay I know you think all your smokers are yours but you need to let it go. It is a big smoker now with a familty of it's own.

Glad that you all had a great time. Nice pics. Thanks for sharing!!!

Congrats to all!!!

spicewine
02-28-2005, 02:21 PM
I know you think all your smokers are yours but you need to let it go


My Baby has left the nest !!!!! At least it has a home in Florida !!

Post Pardom Mod.

jeffsasmokin
02-28-2005, 03:59 PM
Got an E-Mail from Jimmy today. It sure was great to hear that they did so well and it was nice to see him putting my smoker to some good use.

That huge trophy looked great on top of my smoker!!!Yeah, that's kind of why I took the shot like that...........thought you and Jimmy would probably like it. He's still trying to adjust to a different cooker, but he loved how little fuel he had to use. Your smokers really keep in the heat!

jeffsasmokin
02-28-2005, 04:02 PM
That huge trophy looked great on top of my smoker!!!

Glad that you all had a great time. Nice pics. Thanks for sharing!!!

Congrats to all!!!My pleasure, Belly! If you go to the Photos section (Competitions), I've posted an album with more pix and some pretty mean lookin' cookers!

CosmicCookin
03-01-2005, 07:24 AM
Jeff,

It was great meeting you and Cheryl in Okeechobee. Hope we see you at competitions in the future!

I remember you expressing an interest in competing. I'd strongly suggest hanging with a team for a few competitions first just to learn the ins and outs of competition. Kevin is the best person for that. He doesn't charge too much to let you wash dishes, and he throws you a scrap every now and then! :wink:

Seriously, he stays sober and on track throughout the contest, and he's a good teacher. He won't show you crap about cookin' (you have to steal that), but he'll show you how to make it through a contest.

Tim

homebbq
03-01-2005, 08:04 AM
Hmm... The only thing I don't give away is the ingredients of my marinades, and sauces. Now, I do make you watch for the technique part. That was Frank in the last picture with me, he and his wife Ruth will be a new team on the circuit called "Just for Fun". I saw him running to his truck ever so often writing stuff down. I wonder if he was he hired by Mike (Woodhouse)? :wink:

chad
03-01-2005, 09:04 AM
:D Industrial espionage on the BBQ circuit!

It always helps to leave the KC Masterpiece bottle out and to make sure that the Kingsford lighter fluid bottle is prominently displayed :twisted:

jt
03-01-2005, 09:14 AM
:D Industrial espionage on the BBQ circuit!

It always helps to leave the KC Masterpiece bottle out and to make sure that the Kingsford lighter fluid bottle is prominently displayed :twisted:

Do you carry some Schaefer with you like Phil does?

chad
03-01-2005, 09:19 AM
We don't have any beer down here quite as "renouned" as Schaefer's :D

CosmicCookin
03-01-2005, 10:27 AM
Industrial espionage on the BBQ circuit!


We might like you to think that. LMAO! Kevin's "secrets" have been a joke for awhile. Alot of his "secrets" he sells in his store, and the important "secrets" (confidence and consistancy) he's only been preaching for several years now on his site.

I'll reserve any comment on the lighter fluid. After I saw a world champion fire his cooker up using lighter fluid I'm not qualified to comment about it. I won't name names but Kevin ate some of the best whole hog he ever tasted cooked by this guy.

BBQ sauce is a different story. Last year 3 good cooks got beat in Arcadia by a guy that used Kraft BBQ sauce on his brisket. Go figure..........

Tim

chad
03-01-2005, 01:39 PM
Nobody ever said judges know what they are doing! :D

(I am one!) :twisted:

homebbq
03-01-2005, 01:52 PM
I have seen Kraft win sauce contests a couple of times. Needless to say, I stopped wasting my time and money entering sauce.

spicewine
03-01-2005, 04:14 PM
Wait a minute!!! My sauce won first place in your contest last weekend and it's nothing like kraft.

Kraft is better :lol: :lol: :lol:

homebbq
03-01-2005, 04:37 PM
Well congrats on your sauce winning...
But, its amazing how often somebody cracks open a bottle of sauce from the grocery store and wins the sauce competition.

The_Kapn
03-01-2005, 04:59 PM
Well congrats on your sauce winning...
But, its amazing how often somebody cracks open a bottle of sauce from the grocery store and wins the sauce competition.
Not to "wax serious" here, but there is a lot of good "off the shelf" sauce out there. I did not say "great", just "good".
I do not know who judges sauce contests and have no idea what the "standards" are for them. Somebody can help me out here.

But, most "citizens" I meet have not a clue as to "different" or "unique" or "high quality" BBQ, let alone sauce.
They simply have never seen what can be done with a "great" sauce.
They are used to "Sonny's", "Larry's" (really Cattlemen's), or "whom-ever" and that is the "standard" to them.

I have tasted some of the custom "brews"--Mista's comes to mind.
Absolutely fantastic stuff. Different, sophisticated, and YUMMY!
But, would "Joe Public" pick up on or appreciate the quality--I doubt it!

Just my amateur thoughts!

TIM

jeffsasmokin
03-01-2005, 06:00 PM
Jeff,

It was great meeting you and Cheryl in Okeechobee. Hope we see you at competitions in the future!

I remember you expressing an interest in competing. I'd strongly suggest hanging with a team for a few competitions first just to learn the ins and outs of competition. TimYep, that's a definite! Discussed it with the wife on the way home. Need to get the timing down for turn in. For the rest, I'm a quick study and an astute observer!

Hope to see you at another one, soon!

smokincracker
03-02-2005, 08:12 AM
Wait a minute!!! My sauce won first place in your contest last weekend and it's nothing like kraft.

Kraft is better :lol:

Jay
Youíre killin me that was a secret!!! :shock:
Just donít spill the sauce on the special super secret ingredient that took it over the top!!!!

Jeff thanks for stopping and giving me the moral support and eating everything you could get your hands on!! Just kidding. :D

Needles to say I had a blast and the Spicebox cooked greatÖ The next cook I can make is Lake City, April 1 & 2. I want to go to Auburndale but the 12hrs of Sebring Race is that weekend here in Sebring.

Jimmy (SmokinCracker)
SmokinCracker BBQ Team
:lol: :lol:

jt
03-02-2005, 08:34 AM
Hey Jimmy - glad to have you here. Head over to Cattle Call and introduce yourself!

homebbq
03-02-2005, 10:11 AM
Just donít spill the sauce on the special super secret ingredient that took it over the top!!!!


What was that special ingredient Jimmy? Kraft? :D

spicewine
03-02-2005, 12:01 PM
What was that special ingredient Jimmy? Kraft?


Jimmy: I swear I didn't tell them about the Kraft sauce!!!! Forgive me!!! :wink:

homebbq
03-02-2005, 12:16 PM
What was that special ingredient Jimmy? Kraft?


Jimmy: I swear I didn't tell them about the Kraft sauce!!!! Forgive me!!! :wink:

lol :lol:

smokincracker
03-02-2005, 02:05 PM
Just donít spill the sauce on the special super secret ingredient that took it over the top!!!!


What was that special ingredient Jimmy? Kraft? :D

Sweet Baby Rays & some Bacon Fat !!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin
I am very sorry I did not take the time to introduce my-self to you and your wife. I was abit overwhelmed being a rookie. :shock:

I think you and your wife and other Husband wife teams like smokin permitted have a great thing going. I don't think I could ever convince my wife to spend the weekend Qing and enjoy it like I know you all do. I was happy to see Smoking Permitted do so well in ribs they have taken a lot of time to give me some good tips...

Kevin do the FBA Judges want pulled, sliced, or chunks of pork or all of the above? :?
Jimmy
Smokin Cracker BBQ

homebbq
03-02-2005, 02:56 PM
Hey Jimmy,

Glad you came out and joined us!

Next time definately come by if you get a chance.

When we first started (October 2002) I had a few friends as part of my team, and Clara reluctantly came along also. What usually happened was everybody else had to leave before the awards, and when we got our name called, it was just Clara, and me to walk the stage. Well, I think thats the part that got her hooked. Soon after there was a couple of contests where nobody else could come and help. The first one was Okeechobee (2003), we won our first Reserve Champion, and a couple later (Lake City 2003), we won our first Grand Champion. We then figured it was best with just the 2 of us.

Now (even though she will never admit it), I think she enjoys it just as much as I do. She only started coming because I insisted I wanted her there. I am really glad I did, she keeps me organized, and the place clean. And when its all over and I can barely walk, she is the one to get things ready to load back up again. If you can get your wife involved, then do it. Its a great way to spend time together, and then she will understand your passion, and she will enjoy the people. We have met some great people, doing competition bbq.

Now on to pork... The judges like bark, so if your going to do pulled, put some bark chunks in also. It helps the box look better, and it gives the judges the bark they look forward to. I am told sliced works well also, but I have never tried it.

smokincracker
03-02-2005, 03:54 PM
Thanks
See you in Lake City

spicewine
03-02-2005, 05:28 PM
Glad you joined our group. You will find this site quite active.

Go to Cattle Call and intoduce yourself to the rest of the folks.

jeffsasmokin
03-02-2005, 07:25 PM
Hey Jimmy - glad to have you here. Head over to Cattle Call and introduce yourself!There you are, Jimmy...............welcome to the site! Enjoyed shootin' the sh#t with ya at Okee! (The hand-outs weren't bad either! LOL! 8) ) Definitely head over to Cattle Call, let the rest know who you are!