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jbrink01
08-29-2011, 07:21 PM
Hotel room tonight, and time on the road to think.

I've been struggling for a few weeks with the idea of selling my 20' toy hauler, pits and "contest stuff", as well as including 1 private on site contest consultation with all of my recipes and processes included after this years American Royal. Let me explain why;

I set out this year to win a GC and prove to myself that my only other one wasn't a fluke. It wasn't. This year we have won a GC, have had 2 RGC's, have had wins in Pork and Brisket, and a number of good Chicken and Rib calls. I'm ok if I go out without a Jack cook, but I'd sure like one so that would be my only other "goal".

We dearly love some of you that we've formed relationships with over the past 6 years and we truly enjoy the company of most of the rest. I look forward to nearly every weekend at a contest and have also considered a BIGGER rig..:crazy:

Problem is, we also cater like crazy (I know, I know, I have yet to set a class date) and I haven't had a weekend off since February so i'm sure that is a factor. Follow the brain or follow the heart........? In any event, thanks for giving me a place to share my feelings.

JD McGee
08-29-2011, 07:34 PM
Hotel room tonight, and time on the road to think.

I've been struggling for a few weeks with the idea of selling my 20' toy hauler, pits and "contest stuff", as well as including 1 private on site contest consultation with all of my recipes and processes included after this years American Royal. Let me explain why;

I set out this year to win a GC and prove to myself that my only other one wasn't a fluke. It wasn't. This year we have won a GC, have had 2 RGC's, have had wins in Pork and Brisket, and a number of good Chicken and Rib calls. I'm ok if I go out without a Jack cook, but I'd sure like one so that would be my only other "goal".

We dearly love some of you that we've formed relationships with over the past 6 years and we truly enjoy the company of most of the rest. I look forward to nearly every weekend at a contest and have also considered a BIGGER rig..:crazy:

Problem is, we also cater like crazy (I know, I know, I have yet to set a class date) and I haven't had a weekend off since February so i'm sure that is a factor. Follow the brain or follow the heart........? In any event, thanks for giving me a place to share my feelings.

Follow what makes you happiest! :-P We turn down a LOT of catering gigs so that we can travel and compete...which is what we love to do. We are also fortunate to have day jobs with employers that allow us an extra day off now and then when needed. Good luck with your decision and...if you can afford it...follow your heart! :thumb:

jbrink01
08-29-2011, 07:39 PM
Follow what makes you happiest! :-P We turn down a LOT of catering gigs so that we can travel and compete...which is what we love to do. We are also fortunate to have day jobs with employers that allow us an extra day off now and then when needed. Good luck with your decision and...if you can afford it...follow your heart! :thumb:

Thanks JD. I have a good job as a Regional Sales Manager with plenty of vacation so I can make the schedule work. My wife runs the catering business, and does it well. I guess the real issue is I'm tight with the $$ and am a bit of a control freak. I can't take it with me, and my wife is quite capable so you'd think the decision would be easy......

PimpSmoke
08-29-2011, 07:40 PM
Seen this before. I have seen a team do awesome one year and then disappear. Turns out they are making so much catering, the comps are few and far between. Ya gotta do what makes you happy, for me if I had the rig, it would be catering full time. I like to win (actually get calls, never won), but I love to cook.

MilitantSquatter
08-29-2011, 07:43 PM
I posted this thread back in '08 about "retiring" from comps... lots of members gave their positions at the time and what motivates them or not..

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ht=retire+comp (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44247&highlight=retire+comp)


Interesting note is that you posted in post # 21.. might be helpful to see how you've evolved and where others stand on the subject. Maybe just scale back from the amount of contests.. Just do a handful of your favorites for fun.

Check it out


(http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44247&highlight=retire+comp)

Bunny
08-29-2011, 07:54 PM
Jeff,

You're in burn out mode. Stop and pray about it and figure out what's your priority. You LOVE cooking, so do that. On the other hand, keep it simple stupid and keep your family in tact. Know the difference.

You just might want to slow down a bit. Don't sell out all of your happiness.:pray:

big brother smoke
08-29-2011, 07:54 PM
I am with Vinny, scale back, so that contest are not a burden. I only have turned down a gig once for a comp due to the potential client calling me the week of the event.

I get real giddy and all I can focus on mostly is a comp 2 weeks out.

trohrs123
08-29-2011, 08:04 PM
2008 4 contests, 2009 10 contests, 2010 15 contests, 2011 12 contests,...feel same way...getting a call doesn't even get me going anymore...my brotherband teammate says we should change our name to Grouchy BBQ, because I'm not having fun anymore...the driving 5 to 10 hours, the expense, etc. Will take next year off before I decide to sell my equipment...see how I feel...would like to do catering or vending but too grouchy right now to consider...just like to cook for family and friends right now...they are always appreciative and non judgmental ...thanks for the opportunity to vent

jbrink01
08-29-2011, 08:37 PM
Jeff,

You're in burn out mode. Stop and pray about it and figure out what's your priority. You LOVE cooking, so do that. On the other hand, keep it simple stupid and keep your family in tact. Know the difference.

You just might want to slow down a bit. Don't sell out all of your happiness.:pray:

Bunny, Your answer illustrates why your one of those that we love dearly! It also sounds much like my wife's answer. We can cook as much or as little as we want from the end of this year forward just for the fun and friendship of it content in the knowledge that we do measure up (not that it really matters).

Thanks everybody!!

jbrink01
08-29-2011, 08:41 PM
I posted this thread back in '08 about "retiring" from comps... lots of members gave their positions at the time and what motivates them or not..

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ht=retire+comp (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44247&highlight=retire+comp)


Interesting note is that you posted in post # 21.. might be helpful to see how you've evolved and where others stand on the subject. Maybe just scale back from the amount of contests.. Just do a handful of your favorites for fun.

Check it out


(http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44247&highlight=retire+comp)

THANKS!! I suppose this is what makes me "me". Never quite content, always ready for the next challenge, looking to goof off a little too much and not work all the time. BTW - When we scaled back to 1 contest, it killed me not to be in the hunt for a win......this BBQ thing is a sickness :sick: I tell you...

Sticks-n-chicks
08-29-2011, 08:43 PM
All depends on why you do it. **I startednout because I wanted to learn how to BBQ and wanted to cook rather than just help. *I strarted out by myself and made some great friends along the way. *This has been a tough tough year...between teammates fluctuating to just not cooking well. *I noticed after Joplin how much I really enjoyed the people I meet and seeing the one's I've known. *I don't have a goal to win but I would like to be a little feared when I pull up :) *I do want to be a respected cook, who's known for being a stand up guy, if I can donthat then the rest doesn't matter. *Hope that makes sense. **3 years ago I couldnt decide if i wanted to restore a car of try out comp BBQ. **Glad I chose what I did, wouldn't have met some great people!

Bottom line slow it down change it up take someone with you that wants to learn and teach em'. You may find they give you a spark of excitement.

jbrink01
08-29-2011, 08:52 PM
Wil, when I met you in P-Hill this year I had no idea what your BBQ pedigree was. I didn't really care. When I left P-Hill, after a sucky mid-field finish, my opinion of you was just what you outlined above. You helped me with my recipes by offering 1 simple recipe that I use every week and you made me feel at home in a pretty large field of good cooks. I don't know if I ever said it, so, THANKS!!

Jeff_in_KC
08-29-2011, 09:06 PM
Jeff, I've felt that way all this year. I'm still not positive that I'm cooking at all in 2012. After 27 contests in 2010 and 12 so far this year (with three definite and hopefully four more left), I can say I'm feeling the burn out. If we don't cook in 2012, I cannot imagine just not being involved with BBQ in some manner, whether it's occasionally cooking with a friend, helping some rookie teams learn or judging and, of course, putting on the Pleasant Hill contest. Additionally, I'm now involved with trying to help take WiredBBQ.com to a whole new level so I'd be at many contests anyway. You mention goals and the only one I've yet to realize is cooking at the Jack. It is almost impossible to believe we've met nearly all of our goals in less than seven years of cooking. Cooking at the Jack might be a nice culmination before at least a brief retirement from the circuit. Point is I think we all reach this point of decision at one point or another. And there are many ways to stay involved and "in touch" with comp barbecue without having to compete.

jbrink01
08-29-2011, 09:11 PM
Thank Jeff! It's good to know I'm not the only one. We've "only" cooked 10 so far this year with 5 more on the schedule in the next 6 weeks. I can't fathom doing 27!!

Jeff_in_KC
08-29-2011, 09:23 PM
Thank Jeff! It's good to know I'm not the only one. We've "only" cooked 10 so far this year with 5 more on the schedule in the next 6 weeks. I can't fathom doing 27!!

And I can't fathom these 35 and 40 contest seasons some guys are cooking! :shocked: I might do 27 again one day... but it'll be when I retire from real jobs and travel. :thumb:

Bunny
08-29-2011, 10:58 PM
It's like a marriage. You have to find a balance. Once you do, you will be ever grateful for the talent and the lessons you've learned in life. Judge, rep, teach, compete. You are an all around bbq fanatic and loving it all in a balanced atmosphere. But in the end..............PLOWBOY UP!:thumb:

I wanna be a Plowboy Baby!...Yeah!!:shocked:

That's from Rich AND Bunny

nthole
08-29-2011, 11:09 PM
Jeff, I know if you quit I'd sure as hell miss you out there. It's always good to see an honestly friendly face.

We're doing 4 this year, maybe 4 or 6 next year. Maybe just scale back, still make it a family thing, but less of a priority? I don't think you've got anything to prove, you've been kickin' azz all year.

Or you can quit, sell all your secrets to me, and come and look over my shoulder every comp next year and slap me in the head when I'm doing something wrong. I'm ok with that too! :grin:

jbrink01
08-29-2011, 11:17 PM
It's like a marriage. You have to find a balance. Once you do, you will be ever grateful for the talent and the lessons you've learned in life. Judge, rep, teach, compete. You are an all around bbq fanatic and loving it all in a balanced atmosphere. But in the end..............PLOWBOY UP!:thumb:

I wanna be a Plowboy Baby!...Yeah!!:shocked:

That's from Rich AND Bunny

I do have a Plowboy T-Shirt!! Thanks!!!!!

jbrink01
08-29-2011, 11:22 PM
Jeff, I know if you quit I'd sure as hell miss you out there. It's always good to see an honestly friendly face.

Or you can quit, sell all your secrets to me, and come and look over my shoulder every comp next year and slap me in the head when I'm doing something wrong. I'm ok with that too! :grin:

I know me. I'll be ready to cook by this weekend again (good thing, because we're all paid up for 5 more this year)!! Seriously, call me if you have any questions or want any of my so called help!

Balls Casten
08-29-2011, 11:25 PM
I don’t understand why people compete when they don’t know why they are competing. Its either fun or its not, they are reaching or goal or they are not.
You have to have the time and money if it is fun. You have to have the goals and priorities if comps are helping your catering.

It seams simplistic but for me, I cant see myself cooking a contest when I don’t want to be there.

INmitch
08-29-2011, 11:50 PM
I donít understand why people compete when they donít know why they are competing. Its either fun or its not, they are reaching or goal or they are not.
You have to have the time and money if it is fun. You have to have the goals and priorities if comps are helping your catering.

It seams simplistic but for me, I cant see myself cooking a contest when I donít want to be there.
I know EXCACTLY where he's coming from. I paid all my entry fees in Jan, Feb & March. I don't cater but I have/had goals.
I finally got our first GC in early may. Then in July had my kids with me and got a 2nd GC. THAT WAS AWSOME. Then Indy.
Now the burnout has set in. I don't know how the big boys do it week in week out.:bow: I've had a week off and the fire is startin to get the belly fired up again!! Next year I'm not goin to hit so hard. This is the greatest sport in the world and I'm never going to put myself in the position where I want to quit again!!!:thumb:

Sticks-n-chicks
08-30-2011, 07:45 AM
Wil, when I met you in P-Hill this year I had no idea what your BBQ pedigree was. I didn't really care. When I left P-Hill, after a sucky mid-field finish, my opinion of you was just what you outlined above. You helped me with my recipes by offering 1 simple recipe that I use every week and you made me feel at home in a pretty large field of good cooks. I don't know if I ever said it, so, THANKS!!

Wow! That means a lot and the feeling is mutual...as long as you keep the seat warm.....:shock:

BTW...what was the recipe...I could use it

bbqdavarrow
08-30-2011, 08:03 AM
we just did our first one of the year, we had 16 guests at our site on Saturday and everyone had a blast! Then after the comp my wife says "she's done!"??? We only have one more event planned this year, she wanted to do another but I said I really couldn't afford to do another. So I am feeling pretty let down, it is a lot of pressure getting ready for an event and the aftermath of clean-up. I spent 6 hours picking up the uhaul and returning it!!
I love the aspect of competing and we are going to do a bare bones set-up for the next event. Been doing it 6 years and have done around 16 events in that time, so I will see in two weeks if my wife/teammate comes! Its funny she always told the kids growing up, if you join something you finish the year out, she wouldn't let them quit:confused:

Brewmaster
08-30-2011, 09:47 AM
Jeff,

I didn't read all the other posts, but I feel this is only something you can decide. We love seeing you out on the circuit, and I will try and persuade you to keep competing because of that.

I can only tell you my situation and in my life, and my family comes first. Since they are not real involved with the contests, I only compete in about 6 every year. Maybe when the kids are at the point where they don't want to spend the weekends with Mom and Dad I might do more. Right now I am going to cherish those days.

So I guess you need to just follow your passion. Whether it is Comps, Catering, or Harley Rides, I think you are the only one (or maybe Trish) can answer that question.

Cheers,
Nate

SeriousQue
08-30-2011, 09:52 AM
Jeff,
Im the chef/food & beverage manager at a private golf club. It is EXTREMELY hard for me to get away for a cook fri/sat and try to recover for sunday. We all bust A%$ for these weekends. You should be very proud of your calls and GC this year. As a new team we look up to people like yourself. Its our first year, but between 9 comps this year, plus practice, plus work schedules, plus moving, plus only two 9th place call = Im feeling it too.
Mike Emerson told us "do it until its not fun anymore"

See You in Columbia!

Ford
08-30-2011, 10:13 AM
My situation is a little different in FL where pretty much every contest is an opportunity to vend. So I did a bunch this spring and will do more this fall/winter. But the fire isn't the same as I am more focused on vending. I'd probably just vend at a number of them if it were possible. I still get calls and hopefully will still GC this year but my real goal is vending.

Only you can decide if you want to continue to compete. It is a lot of time and there's a cost for most. I still plan my schedule allowing for a few weekends off for personal time. I'll plan a weekend away from the House and cooking for just us. Makes the rest a lot easier to take.

I hope you decide to continue to compete on whatever schedule you work out so long as it's fun.

Scottie
08-30-2011, 10:28 AM
I kmow the feeling... used to cook 25-27 contests while working full time, raising 2 young girls and trying to run and generate money for a 501c3 foumdation. It was wearing me out. i scaled back to 15 contests, so i could do more cooking classes and raising funds for the foundation.. But ultimately i love the bbq family, so do my girls. I am a fierce competitor and comp bbq gives me an opportunity to feed my competitive side.

You can still do all that you mentioned Jeff. Scale back so you can do all the things you love. You have nothing to prove, except what a bad ass you are out on the circuit. I do understand which ever decision you make. Know you will always have bbq friends supporting you.

Good luck my friend.

Scottie

Two Bears
08-30-2011, 01:39 PM
Hotel room tonight, and time on the road to think.

I've been struggling for a few weeks with the idea of selling my 20' toy hauler, pits and "contest stuff", as well as including 1 private on site contest consultation with all of my recipes and processes included after this years American Royal. Let me explain why;

I set out this year to win a GC and prove to myself that my only other one wasn't a fluke. It wasn't. This year we have won a GC, have had 2 RGC's, have had wins in Pork and Brisket, and a number of good Chicken and Rib calls. I'm ok if I go out without a Jack cook, but I'd sure like one so that would be my only other "goal".

We dearly love some of you that we've formed relationships with over the past 6 years and we truly enjoy the company of most of the rest. I look forward to nearly every weekend at a contest and have also considered a BIGGER rig..:crazy:

Problem is, we also cater like crazy (I know, I know, I have yet to set a class date) and I haven't had a weekend off since February so i'm sure that is a factor. Follow the brain or follow the heart........? In any event, thanks for giving me a place to share my feelings.


So I read between the lines on this it what I think your saying and should do is TAKE A FEW WEEKS OFFF rest and get your head on straight then get back at it. If you don't you will burn out.

jbrink01
08-30-2011, 03:03 PM
WOW! I am really humbled by some of these responses. Thank you! I had a rather long drive this morning so I turned the cell phone off and contemplated this thread. I really do enjoy the people and competition, and my wife enjoys catering. We can do both, and she has proved that she doesn't need me around to do it. Our kids love to work for us and like to do contests with us.

I also think that next year I can go out with nothing to prove to myself - I've done that. Next year, I'm going to target 12 contests based on my enjoyment of them regardless of where they are. Instead of 18 or 20, I like 12, it's a nice even number..:rolleyes: See you guys at the Royal if not before!!!!

The short version of my contemplative drive is that I'm an incredibly freaking lucky man!

moocow
08-30-2011, 06:24 PM
Don't be a quitter!:-P I have a feeling by the end of November you wont feel the way you feel now. Consider yourself lucky you can trust your wife to handle the biz so you can play on the weekends. Now if she was struggling to get all the work done without you that would be another thing but it sounds like you guys have your chit together. Just don't forget that we all want to be the best but you still need to have fun doing it! If your still having fun at contests then I think you should stick with it.

KC_Bobby
08-30-2011, 06:36 PM
The good news is that a comp BBQr doesn't have to retire ... just don't make a schedule in the off season and when the bug hits, compete.

bbq ron
08-30-2011, 06:45 PM
you can't quit yet, i have not beat you yet :-P:-P:-P:-P:-P

jbrink01
08-30-2011, 07:26 PM
[QUOTE=moocow;1770113] Consider yourself lucky you can trust your wife to handle the biz so you can play on the weekends. Now if she was struggling to get all the work done without you that would be another thing but it sounds like you guys have your chit together. QUOTE]
Shane, she rocks it. We have great folks that work for us and we try to treat them VERY well. It's really a team effort at catering, and we have a great one.

QansasjayhawQ
08-30-2011, 11:44 PM
SNIP
Bottom line slow it down change it up take someone with you that wants to learn and teach em'. You may find they give you a spark of excitement.
Now that, right there - that's golden advice. Sharing what you've learned is the most rewarding thing a person can do - no matter what the skill.

Plowboy
08-31-2011, 12:09 AM
First, you are a big baby!!! Suck it up, Buttercup.

Second, this is all about burnout. I've seen it. I've done it. After a storybook year in 2009, I was so burnt out, I almost didn't cook the American Royal that I ended up winning. Even after the Royal, I was so tired, that most of 2010 was me phoning it in. Felt I had to be out there, but didn't always want to be. I just wanted to win and go home. Lost my love of the process or whatever got me going. Then after almost a year, my batteries were charged again. This year, I've only done 10 contests, but feel like I'm as strong as ever. If I cooked more, I could be dangerous, again. The thing is, I'm happier doing 10 right now than I was doing 26 last year. Cub Scouts, camping, and family are helping me recharge my batteries.

Get a sports psychologist or take a break.

And I'm sorry, I don't get the Jack Daniels goal obsession that people have. (Sorry Scottie, but we've had this conversation.) The Jack obsession has made some people do some crazy chit. Sometimes they do crazy chit two years in a row. (Just saying.) But that's another thread. Frankly, the Jack has lost its luster for me.

Scottie
08-31-2011, 10:24 AM
And I'm sorry, I don't get the Jack Daniels goal obsession that people have. (Sorry Scottie, but we've had this conversation.) The Jack obsession has made some people do some crazy chit. Sometimes they do crazy chit two years in a row. (Just saying.) But that's another thread. Frankly, the Jack has lost its luster for me.


Honestly Todd, i dont disagree. I didnt create the Jack buzz. It has been around long before i started cooking it. It will go on long after i quit cooking. Assuming some greedy, selfish team doesnt bring it down....:tape:

As for myself. I did what i had to do. Now it's all in the hands of lucky to get your bung pulled. It was either meant to be or not. But now, it's out of my hands..

jbrink01
08-31-2011, 10:32 AM
Todd - I can always count on you for a fresh perspective. Sorry to be such a big sissy. I'll quit complaining and just go whip @ss the rest of the year and scale back a touch in 2012.
BTW - No Yardbird Monday afternoon?? WTF? I need cases!!

Sledneck
08-31-2011, 12:56 PM
First, you are a big baby!!! Suck it up, Buttercup.

Second, this is all about burnout. I've seen it. I've done it. After a storybook year in 2009, I was so burnt out, I almost didn't cook the American Royal that I ended up winning. Even after the Royal, I was so tired, that most of 2010 was me phoning it in. Felt I had to be out there, but didn't always want to be. I just wanted to win and go home. Lost my love of the process or whatever got me going. Then after almost a year, my batteries were charged again. This year, I've only done 10 contests, but feel like I'm as strong as ever. If I cooked more, I could be dangerous, again. The thing is, I'm happier doing 10 right now than I was doing 26 last year. Cub Scouts, camping, and family are helping me recharge my batteries.

Get a sports psychologist or take a break.

And I'm sorry, I don't get the Jack Daniels goal obsession that people have. (Sorry Scottie, but we've had this conversation.) The Jack obsession has made some people do some crazy chit. Sometimes they do crazy chit two years in a row. (Just saying.) But that's another thread. Frankly, the Jack has lost its luster for me.So if u get in u will not go ?

ique
08-31-2011, 03:56 PM
This is all about burnout. I've seen it. I've done it. After a storybook year in 2009, I was so burnt out, I almost didn't cook the American Royal that I ended up winning. Even after the Royal, I was so tired, that most of 2010 was me phoning it in. Felt I had to be out there, but didn't always want to be. I just wanted to win and go home. Lost my love of the process or whatever got me going. Then after almost a year, my batteries were charged again. This year, I've only done 10 contests, but feel like I'm as strong as ever. If I cooked more, I could be dangerous, again. The thing is, I'm happier doing 10 right now than I was doing 26 last year. Cub Scouts, camping, and family are helping me recharge my batteries.


This sounds familar. When you are only interested in the win it gets old fast. And if you are not totally pumped to be out there it shows in your cooking.






And I'm sorry, I don't get the Jack Daniels goal obsession that people have. The Jack obsession has made some people do some crazy chit.



I just came off cooking 5 contests in a row in order to get qualified. Burned OUT. Anyone who spoke to me at a contest recently knows that I am quitting and will only cook 1 or 2 contests in 2012. My team-mates and family say they will believe it when they see it. (I'm pretty serious about it though)




Frankly, the Jack has lost its luster for me.

Don't you need to actually cook the event before it can lose its luster?

:boxing:

Plowboy
08-31-2011, 10:39 PM
This sounds familar. When you are only interested in the win it gets old fast. And if you are not totally pumped to be out there it shows in your cooking.





I just came off cooking 5 contests in a row in order to get qualified. Burned OUT. Anyone who spoke to me at a contest recently knows that I am quitting and will only cook 1 or 2 contests in 2012. My team-mates and family say they will believe it when they see it. (I'm pretty serious about it though)






Don't you need to actually cook the event before it can lose its luster?

:boxing:

Nope. It is crossed off my "goals" list. Getting to the Jack is not something I'll lose sleep over.

Plowboy
08-31-2011, 10:41 PM
So if u get in u will not go ?

I don't think I implied that. I'm just not going to be bat**** crazy about it like some.

Plowboy
08-31-2011, 10:43 PM
I just came off cooking 5 contests in a row in order to get qualified. Burned OUT. Anyone who spoke to me at a contest recently knows that I am quitting and will only cook 1 or 2 contests in 2012. My team-mates and family say they will believe it when they see it. (I'm pretty serious about it though)

But I see your situation differently. You certainly had something to cook for. I was very happy to see you get in.

bam
08-31-2011, 10:50 PM
If you quit you'll have to go bbq anonymous meetings. Withdrawal can be tuff :pray:

Plowboy
08-31-2011, 11:16 PM
Todd - I can always count on you for a fresh perspective. Sorry to be such a big sissy. I'll quit complaining and just go whip @ss the rest of the year and scale back a touch in 2012.
BTW - No Yardbird Monday afternoon?? WTF? I need cases!!

I know! We've been SLAMMED with rub orders this summer. Been hard keeping up.

jbrink01
08-31-2011, 11:22 PM
Good for you! Put me down for a couple cases of 5#'ers when they come in. Thanks. We need to chat about that class soon. Sounds like Audrey is busy busy busy!

Sledneck
08-31-2011, 11:23 PM
I don't think I implied that. I'm just not going to be bat**** crazy about it like some.

Yawn :rolleyes::becky:

Plowboy
08-31-2011, 11:28 PM
Yawn :rolleyes::becky:

Agreed. :thumb:

Candy Sue
09-01-2011, 01:52 PM
I started cooking competitions because I wanted to cook the Jack. After 2009's draw, I decided that even if I qualified for the draw, I wouldn't enter. I have been blessed to attend the Jack every year since 1999. I have volunteered, packed goodie bags, parked teams, cooked for the judges' class and volunteer tent, been a table captain and even a judge. But the main thing is Jack Daniel's Smoking Pellets, that's why I attend. I don't have to cook it.

New Goal: Make the first page of AR open results! Cook as many contests as I can without burning out! This year 14, 11 KCBS 3 IBCA.

chambersuac
09-01-2011, 02:00 PM
Jeff, I don't know you apart from your posting on here, but I can tell you are a talented guy with a love of BBQ. I can't tell you what to do, or make recommendations, but I do pray that whatever you decide would be a blessing to you, your family, friends, and others. God's blessings whatever you decide.

jbrink01
09-01-2011, 03:32 PM
Thanks Dan! I'm fairly certain I'll take the Plowboy approach and just cut back to a "fun" level next year. The remainder of this year is all about fun (and whipping arse!).........

Mooner
09-01-2011, 10:30 PM
Thanks Dan! I'm fairly certain I'll take the Plowboy approach and just cut back to a "fun" level next year. The remainder of this year is all about fun (and whipping arse!).........


B&B, didn't you guys take reserve at the Cape contest this past weekend? that was the first contest I have done in almost 5 years lol. I forgot how much I missed it. Still tied for 18th overall and got a call in Brisket.

It only took one and now I have the fever again. Breaks are good. I promise.

tmcmaster
09-02-2011, 12:05 PM
2008 4 contests, 2009 10 contests, 2010 15 contests, 2011 12 contests,...feel same way...getting a call doesn't even get me going anymore...my brotherband teammate says we should change our name to Grouchy BBQ, because I'm not having fun anymore...the driving 5 to 10 hours, the expense, etc. Will take next year off before I decide to sell my equipment...see how I feel...would like to do catering or vending but too grouchy right now to consider...just like to cook for family and friends right now...they are always appreciative and non judgmental ...thanks for the opportunity to vent

I think you just need to go and do some shots at a crappy nudie bar with your nephew!:tape:

King
09-02-2011, 02:52 PM
The good news is that a comp BBQr doesn't have to retire ... just don't make a schedule in the off season and when the bug hits, compete.

Agreed!

Nothing wrong with Brett Favre-ing it. :becky:

Plowboy
09-02-2011, 04:25 PM
Agreed!

Nothing wrong with Brett Favre-ing it. :becky:

Yes Jeff, but please stop texting pictures of your peepee.