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chargriller
06-13-2005, 08:38 AM
I was wondering if someone can tell me what makes up a BBQ Team.

How many guys/gals does it take?

Do each person on a team do different tasks?

Any help would be great, I am not really looking to compeat yet, but maybe get a group of guys togeather that like bbq'ing and we each bring our talents to geather to make something happen.

spicewine
06-13-2005, 10:58 AM
A team can be one person to 20 or more. The less people you have the more work there is to do. First you need to find the right people to be on your team. People who have some idea what is going on that can contribute to the process. I have known husband and wife teams where he will cook and she will prep the boxes and help with turn ins. I have also seen teams that have a large number of pit bitches and runners. My team has 3 of my closest buddys. We each take a category and take it from start to finish. We switch categories each year untill everyone has had the opportunity to cook in every category.

BBQchef33
06-13-2005, 02:46 PM
My Opinion. Best is, as many people as catagories your doing. So if your going for GC, 4 would be best, but we do it with 3 and its a mad scramble.

Can be done with 2, IF you are organized. That leaves me out. Our tent looks like a food kitchen exploded a few hundered feet away, and everything landed by us.

tommykendall
06-13-2005, 02:55 PM
Our tent looks like a food kitchen exploded a few hundered feet away, and everything landed by us.


That would also be a good Bash visual. 8)

willkat98
06-14-2005, 07:24 AM
This months Bull Sheet has a reprinted 2002 article on what it takes (prepared wise) to go from a barkyard chef to a competitor.

Even had a checklist of things that should be in every competitors equipment (organized competitor, after reading Phils post above)

Check it out Char, or if you don't get the Bullsheet, I'll copy and send. In the mean time, go to www.KCBS.us and join for $35/annual. Keep you up to date on things in your area, and interesting articles like I mentioned to help answer some of your questions.

The_Kapn
06-14-2005, 08:06 AM
Add my second to Bill's recommendation for the Bull Sheet. Chock full of info.
Chad and I cook with 2 and that is all we want. Would love to have 6 or 8 at 2PM on Sat for cleanup, but we struggle through :lol:
I know of at least 2 "championship level" teams who have only one real cook. Sometimes, others "help out" with the labor, but only one real cook controlling the action.
It really is a matter of team and personal dynamics. I personally prefer 2, but that is just my preference. If my partner was someone other than Chad, I might think differently.
The more members, the harder it is to coordinate. But, the less physical labor by each (assuming they all actually help) :lol:
I think one issue is where you want to fit on the "atmosphere" scale. The more a competetion is viewed as a "social" event--the larger the party crew :lol:
Totally up to you--start small and move up if you need.
TIM

Bigdog
06-14-2005, 08:25 AM
Compatibility seems to be one of the most important issues. A team needs to work as a team. Sure, it is ok to have a star on your team, but you need to cooperate and get along. Too many egos would be quite a problem. Every person on the team needs to know their role and stick with it. A team leader would someone who could get everyone to work this way, and make decisions based on what is best for the team, not just do things because it is their own adjenda (kc knows what I am talking about here). I teach with a team of teachers. We work well together because of these things and we all respect each other's turf. There is not I in team.

smokincracker
06-14-2005, 09:52 AM
One chief and one or two indians.
Too many chiefs is a bad thing.

nmayeux
06-14-2005, 07:47 PM
Do any of you compete with your wives? My wife and I work well together, and our team will consist of another couple who already work in catering. Just wondering.
Noah

Bellybro
06-14-2005, 07:51 PM
We really work well with Kick's wife!

Told him if he ever left us she was staying!!!!!

BBQchef33
06-14-2005, 10:26 PM
In my post, my thinking was

one cook
one assistant
one person to keep things clean and organized
one pitbitch.

Not necessarily the same person through the whole event, everyone shares in responsibility, but when those 4-5 hours at 8AM hit, everyone should have a designated role.

chargriller
06-15-2005, 07:38 AM
What is a pitbitch? :oops:

kcquer
06-15-2005, 08:06 AM
What is a pitbitch?

Person in charge of minding the firebox end of the pit. Should be the person with the best fire management skills.

chargriller
06-15-2005, 08:20 AM
So being pitbitch is a good thing?

I would love to learn more of the art of fire management.

tommykendall
06-15-2005, 08:52 AM
What is a pitbitch?

Person in charge of minding the firebox end of the pit. Should be the person with the best fire management skills.

Never heard of such an outrageous concept :roll:

spicewine
06-15-2005, 11:28 AM
There is a big difference between " Pit Bitch " and " Pit Master"

My defineition of Pit Bitch--- Go-fer, general site maintanance, beer runner, box runner, ect.

Fire control is too important to leave to just anyone.

BBQchef33
06-15-2005, 12:34 PM
In my soup kitchen...... Pitbitch is someone I trust with my fire... thats a good thing.

The Pitbitch is in charge of the fire. They will have other responsibilities, but the fire is their primary role. They have to have good fire managment skills, keeping temps even, keeping smoke clean and keeping a coal bed going. The pitmaster would be the one cooking. You can be sure the chef is gonna be working that fire at times. Pitbitch knows that.

I had a pitbitch that thought thick white was a good thing. :? FARK!!! That lasted about 5 minutes before he was banned from the box and stripped of title. :evil:

the go'fers are just that.. GoPhers. The kids, the wife, friends who come to help. But they have very little impact on the meat. A bad pitbitch however can ruin your chances.


And for those who would remember, lets not forget coming back form an airport run at Bash 1 to find a firebox full of 20 lbs of unlit kingsford sitting on top of a single ember. :shock: Who did that?

spicewine
06-15-2005, 01:01 PM
Don't tell our Pit Bitch that-----He will want a raise!! :shock:

BBQchef33
06-15-2005, 01:36 PM
Come to think of it though.... Your pitbitch dont deserve a raise, case they aint doing much.
We are talking 2 different job descriptions.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but... Spicewine cookers and the likes of them, really dont need a Pitbitch. For the most part, fire managment is minimal.

But Klose cookers and the likes of them(full offsets).. burning all wood need an experienced fire manager or we're screwed. The pitbitch is up all night watching those sticks burn. He deserves battle pay.

Think thats why we have 2 different viewpoints of the pitbitch. ??

spicewine
06-15-2005, 01:57 PM
I just didn't want to be the Pit Bitch :lol:

Solidkick
06-15-2005, 02:59 PM
Spicewine cookers and the likes of them, really dont need a Pitbitch.


OK, pitbitch resposibilities for our team....help prep the ribs by pulling the membrane, get up with Mr. Kick for the 2AM-6AM shift, keep the chimneys of charcoal ready for addition to the cooker, keep Mr. Kick awake, put the fatties in at 3AM for breakfast, lay the ribs out at 5AM to go in the cooker at 6AM, keep Mr. Kick awake, get Darrel up at 6AM, help with breakfast and clean up dishes, keep Mr. Kick awake, get John up at 9AM, keep work area clean, clock watcher from 12 noon to 1:30 PM, box runner, keep area clean, tuck Mr. Kick in for a nap until awards presentation............. :mrgreen:

Solidkick
06-15-2005, 03:04 PM
We really work well with Kick's wife!

Told him if he ever left us she was staying!!!!!

I ain't going no where.......Chick-N-Pig don't need me anymore, he's doing fine on his own......... 8)

BTW.....why is it I'm not allowed in the camper from 11:30 until 1:30??
Is there something I need to know here?

BellyBrotherII
06-15-2005, 03:38 PM
All the snoaring going on at that time is whole diffrent language and would be hard to understand when we are talking about T.

tommykendall
06-15-2005, 05:26 PM
In my soup kitchen...... Pitbitch is someone I trust with my fire... thats a good thing.

The Pitbitch is in charge of the fire. They will have other responsibilities, but the fire is their primary role. They have to have good fire managment skills, keeping temps even, keeping smoke clean and keeping a coal bed going. The pitmaster would be the one cooking. You can be sure the chef is gonna be working that fire at times. Pitbitch knows that.


Thanks Phil - Spice humiliated me... :cry:

spicewine
06-16-2005, 08:17 AM
Sorry T K !! I can be so insesitive sometimes. Please don't put a curse on me. I have enough trouble winning. :roll: