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Smokin Ribs
08-19-2011, 09:11 AM
Hey Brethren,
I am competing in my first competition tomorrow, wish me luck.
Any tips or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Have to do:

BB Ribs
Chicken (any part) Im doin thighs
Best Burger
and a pork loin for peoples choice


JD McGee
08-19-2011, 09:51 AM
Good luck! Best tip I can offer is "have fun"...and "relax"...it's just cookin' meat!

08-19-2011, 10:10 AM
Have a hell of a good time!!! Keep the Bud Light consumption to a minimum until after the last turn in!!!

08-19-2011, 10:21 AM
Keep the Bud Light consumption to a minimum until after the last turn in!!!


Jason TQ
08-19-2011, 10:36 AM
Awesome! Good luck. I'm a rookie this year too and from what I have learned so far I can say drink heavily, get ready to panic, and drink more when panic ensues :-P.

Just kidding. Make sure you get things started on time so they will finish on time. A rest period is better than finishing late/having to rush. Having fun is a given. I'm sure you will as it is about impossible not to. We didn't really have goals our first time out other than making sure things were turned in on time and didn't burn the place down.

Lake Dogs
08-19-2011, 10:48 AM
Best of luck. Tequila helps. :-D

big brother smoke
08-19-2011, 11:52 AM
Yup, have some phun!

Al Czervik
08-19-2011, 12:04 PM
Good luck and have fun. Let us know how it goes and post some pron if you get it...

08-19-2011, 12:21 PM
Good luck... no tips from me but would love to know how you fare when you're done

08-19-2011, 12:59 PM
Your going to have a great time, so enjoy yourself and make a few new friends.

Best of luck to you.

Kenny Rogers
08-19-2011, 01:03 PM
If it's anything like our comps, you'll get PLENTY of excellent advice and help from your fellow competitors! I was amazed at how helpful the people you're COMPETING against can be!

08-19-2011, 01:05 PM
Like almorst everyone said. HAVE FUN. Remember why you do this.
But do make a list with your times. I build in an extra 30 mins at least.
If your rib turn in is at 1, you cook for 6 hours, they go on at 6:30 and you start your fire at 6:00 AM. Or whatever times work for you. You get the idea.
And good smoking luck!

08-19-2011, 01:07 PM
what Chad says - last year I met Dusty Roads in Parsons, KS and learned a helluva lot about blues musicians . . .

Since Dusty is also a minimalist when it comes to his cooking equipment, we also compared a lot of notes about how we had everything set up.

08-19-2011, 01:11 PM
Congrats on your first competition and good luck with it! I have never competed and probably never will, but if you have a good time and learn something, you WIN!

08-19-2011, 01:14 PM
The key is "Having Fun & Meeting People". You will never meet a nicer or more helpful group of competitors than at a BBQ Competition.

Kenny Rogers
08-19-2011, 01:22 PM
And don't forget ANYTHING!!


08-19-2011, 01:30 PM
what Chad says - last year I met Dusty Roads in Parsons, KS

is this THE Dusty Rhodes? The american dream? watch out for the bionic elbow! :clap2:

08-19-2011, 02:00 PM
Have fun ,Make a time line and write it down. Remember you're not saving lives,just cooking BBQ.

Lake Dogs
08-19-2011, 02:35 PM
^^^ include in your time line anything specifics, like removing the membrane from ribs, etc. Many steps get forgotten in excitement.

08-19-2011, 04:05 PM
I've got a good tip I heard recently...great for those of us with back issues...leg extenders for your portable table. Cut some lengths of 1.5 inch pvc and slip them onto the legs of your tables... Raising the table height to suit you will save your back!

08-19-2011, 05:31 PM
Best of luck, and have a good time!

08-19-2011, 06:21 PM
Good luck and have a good time, I'm sure the 1st time can be overwhelming, but it's all good I'm sure. Come back w/some lessons learned.

Theresa B
08-19-2011, 07:17 PM
How exciting! Please let us know how it goes...and what you learned! Good luck, kick butt!

08-19-2011, 07:25 PM
good luck on your first.

08-19-2011, 08:47 PM
get a check off list!!

Have fun and just think of it as cooking for your family... It's just meat right.

I have my 1st KCBS next month and I dont see it as any other cook. I have had several small comps and nothing to it... But take NOTE there is ALWAYS!!! something go wrong or not just right.

AND do not drink beer until after the comp is over!!!!!

Lake Dogs
08-21-2011, 07:42 AM
Well, how'd it go?

Smokin Ribs
08-21-2011, 09:08 AM
4th in chicken out of 20 teams

Lake Dogs
08-21-2011, 09:20 AM
4th in chicken out of 20 teams

Not bad at all, especially for a first timer!

So, did you learn a lot?

Did you have fun?

Smokin Ribs
08-21-2011, 11:21 AM
Had a blast.

08-21-2011, 11:38 AM
Great Job!!!

Smokenstein & monster crew
08-21-2011, 08:54 PM
good luck trying to get sleep........:becky:

08-21-2011, 10:12 PM
Glad to read that you had a blast and Congrats on the chicken.

Kenny Rogers
08-22-2011, 05:20 PM
Wow... Chicken is the devil, and you placed 4th? A HUGE congrats!