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Jeff_in_KC
09-13-2005, 09:26 AM
OK guys... need some advice: I've been considering going to Herman to observe some of the Brethren, learn more and offer my assistance if anyone is shorthanded. But I also discussed with my team doing a complete five category (incl sausage) run-through Friday night and Saturday morning at the house, keeping on schedule and doing boxes and the whole nine yards. At this point, I'm thinking doing the run through might benefit us more. What do you think?

The_Kapn
09-13-2005, 09:29 AM
"Practice makes perfect" :wink:

TIM

jt
09-13-2005, 09:36 AM
Haven't competed but it seems tome the practice would be extremely beneficial. That way you could see where any hangups are.

Bill-Chicago
09-13-2005, 10:05 AM
Don't forget to practice partying too.

:)

kcpellethead
09-13-2005, 10:28 AM
Practice at home. Complete run through. Timing is very important. While observing can cut significant time off of the learning curve. at this late date, practice is more important. Just my opinion . . .

Jeff_in_KC
09-13-2005, 10:42 AM
Thanks. Good points. That's kinda what I figured but I know how everyone believes in observing and asking questions.

Oh and Bill, I'm not partying. I'm going to farkin' walk! Last weekend, I had two beers and about three 'ritas with the Meatheads and felt like ass on Sautrday morning. That means I'm sipping on my homebrew off and on Friday and no ta-kill-ya!

parrothead
09-13-2005, 10:56 AM
3 choices
1 do a practice run through

2 go to that competition and observe/help/learn

3 take the weekend off and put q out of your head. It might just be the thing to do.

Jeff_in_KC
09-13-2005, 11:02 AM
Hadn't thought of #3 Greg... Q out of my head?? Are you farkin' nuts? :shock:
Seriously I would consider that if I'd cooked on a Good-One smoker before. That weekend will probably be my only chance to get familiar with it. It belongs to my teammate and he's pretty good with it but I want to get knowledgeable/comfortable with it too since we're dropping all our brisket hopes on this smoker! I guess I just answered my question with that... probably better to do a run-through rather than just messing with the Good-One on Sunday.

icemn62
09-13-2005, 12:31 PM
If you are going to practice, then do it right. Load the cooker on a trailer and pull it around the block. Also have all your gear loaded on the trailer as well. Pull into the yard as would the royal. Use only the stuff you brought on the truck with you. nothing from the house. Then you will have a true idea of what it will be like. That way you will have an idea of what you are forgetting to pack. Don't forget matches. I once was going to do some ribs, and wasted 45 mins trying to find a lighter, or matches to start the fire.

BTW I have never competed, but just the way my mind works. If you are going to practice, then practice for real.

Bigdog
09-13-2005, 12:34 PM
Practice at home. Complete run through. Timing is very important. While observing can cut significant time off of the learning curve. at this late date, practice is more important. Just my opinion . . .

Must agree with my learned brother, Rod, here. He does about 20 events a year, so he knows what he is talking about. Timing is maybe the most important issue here. The clock is the one thing that you have no control over.

Now if it were me, I would have worked this all out weeks of even months in advance, and taken the weekend off and go play golf.

Jeff_in_KC
09-13-2005, 12:57 PM
Practice at home. Complete run through. Timing is very important. While observing can cut significant time off of the learning curve. at this late date, practice is more important. Just my opinion . . .

Must agree with my learned brother, Rod, here. He does about 20 events a year, so he knows what he is talking about. Timing is maybe the most important issue here. The clock is the one thing that you have no control over.

Now if it were me, I would have worked this all out weeks of even months in advance, and taken the weekend off and go play golf.

That sounds like a good plan... except Labor Day wekend's three rounds of golf left me with tendonitis in my right elbow/forearm and it's sore as hell! No golf until that heals. :cry:

rbinms33
09-13-2005, 06:50 PM
But I also discussed with my team doing a complete five category (incl sausage) run-through Friday night and Saturday morning at the house, keeping on schedule and doing boxes and the whole nine yards. At this point, I'm thinking doing the run through might benefit us more. What do you think?


That's what I was thinking of doing before my first time out. This way if you forget something, the house is right there and you can add it to the "checklist".

chad
09-13-2005, 09:59 PM
Actually, you cook without it or penalize yourself the time it would take to "fix" the problem. That way you damn well won't forget it for the contest.

A run through with the stuff in the house/garage/etc. isn't a good test of your checklist or preparation.

Jeff_in_KC
09-13-2005, 10:20 PM
Trust me... I won't forget a damned thing! I ALWAYS take everything but the kitchen sink and for this, I'll probably take that too. Hunting, fishing, camping, whatever... I always overpack. I'm not worried about forgetting a thing at contests.

parrothead
09-14-2005, 11:29 AM
penalize yourself

That is what you should spend the weekend doing.

CharlieBeasley
09-14-2005, 11:39 AM
New here with the Brethren and plan on moving into the competition soon. I can cook/smoke/grill now it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Thanks for the ideas and as I grow I hope to add to the advice as well. May the Smoke Be With You!

spicewine
09-14-2005, 12:25 PM
Good to have you here Charlie!! Go to Cattle Call and introduce yourself to the rest of the Brothers :wink:

racer_81
09-15-2005, 04:06 PM
I think you should spend the weekend panicking.

Well, drinking and panicking.

Drinking, watching football and panicking.

But definitely panicking.

Sawdustguy
09-15-2005, 08:47 PM
Best of luck to you Jeff. If I were to offer one bit of advice from my short competition history is to go easy on the beer and keep your mind on the mission. BTW great job getting sponsors. You are certainly more successful at it than we were when we started a year ago. You have to share your secret.

Jeff_in_KC
09-15-2005, 09:06 PM
Best of luck to you Jeff. If I were to offer one bit of advice from my short competition history is to go easy on the beer and keep your mind on the mission. BTW great job getting sponsors. You are certainly more successful at it than we were when we started a year ago. You have to share your secret.

The beer will be taken VERY lightly no doubt. I've been in purchase and practice mode for the last two months. I've now gone into "relax" mode. This weekend, I'm relaxing (sorry racer, no panic for this boy!) and going to TRY not to think about Q too much except for tossing on a few slabs of babybacks on Sunday afternoon just to get my groove back after a bad last two cooks experimenting on the ribs. Starting next week, it's time to get focused, think positive and pack!

As far as sponsors, I just ask. I always try to point out the positive to them (exposure), which is easy for the American Royal and the masses of human flesh that will walk by over the weekend. The DeSoto contest was easy because the sponsor is my teammate's broker. And he digs BBQ also. The contest is in the town where one of his offices is located. No brainer for him. The RSC trailer rental sponsorship just came to me while I was dialing the number to ask about prices. I had their Web site up and saw the manager's name listed so I thought why the fark not ask? I am by no means an expert at this other than the fact that I am involved in sales to a partial degree and that I am in marketing to a large degree but my philosophy is find a sponsor locally around the contest you'll be in. If I'm travelling to Columbia, MO for the Boone County Fair contest next year, it wouldn't do me much good to contact a company near my home closer to KC unless they did business in Columbia. So I'll look to Columbia and check with contacts there. Thankfully, the company I work for has a franchisee in Columbia so I'll contact them. In fact, we have franchisees in most of the communities where I am considering entering next season so I'm going to start that way and work from there.

The_Kapn
09-15-2005, 09:16 PM
Jeff,

We have watched since your first thooughts of entering the AR Open.
We have watched your preparations.

So, I think you have learned all you need to learn and you are ready!

So, for your last weekend before the BIG ONE--follow the advice of the immortal Jimmy Buffett:
"Why don't we get drunk and screw?"

Final act in the prep process:lol:

Have fun.

TIM

Sawdustguy
09-15-2005, 09:24 PM
I whole heartedly agree with Tim here. It just ain't worth doing if it ain't fun. Again, wishing the best for ya.

Jeff_in_KC
09-15-2005, 10:13 PM
Thanks, Tim and Sawdust. I think I'm ready also. We'll see in a couple of weeks. Wish they had wireless Internet at the Royal! LOL! Maybe there'll be a network in range I can jump on with the laptop for advice. I've got a couple of cell numbers (Wayne and Phil) in case something comes up where I need to ask a question. Could always use a few more! My only worry now is whether Phil's marketing guy will have my Brethren banner here in time. I don't wanna compete without it. It'll be a source of pride and when I look up at it at the site, I'll always remember I've got some greatness to live up to and maybe be just a little more inspired to kick some arse!

Jeff_in_KC
09-15-2005, 10:14 PM
BTW Sawdust... Where ya from? I don't see a location. You should head over to Cattle Call and introduce yourself to your new brothers!

MoKanMeathead
09-16-2005, 09:09 AM
Jeff,
I think you are ready as you can be...and you will do well. Although I think we are in different time zones at the ARBBQ you can always come over and ask any last minute questions. I hope you bring some of your home brew out there - you may be taking it easy on the beer but not me

Jeff_in_KC
09-16-2005, 09:23 AM
Jeff,
I think you are ready as you can be...and you will do well. Although I think we are in different time zones at the ARBBQ you can always come over and ask any last minute questions. I hope you bring some of your home brew out there - you may be taking it easy on the beer but not me

Wayne, it's fermenting right now. I'll keg in on Tuesday night before the Royal and have it there. You'll have to swing by my place and time zone to get a few glasses of it though. I can't drag the whole set up with CO2 tank over to the other side of the BBQ planet! :lol: If you get all set up and don't have anything else to do Thursday evening, come on over and we'll drink a few and relax before the work begins. Bring the Squeal with you too! I gotta give Lana a beer or two to thank her for her advice last week. I think I'll be the only one on my team there after around 7pm or so.

icemn62
09-16-2005, 09:34 AM
Jeff,

We have watched since your first thooughts of entering the AR Open.
We have watched your preparations.

So, I think you have learned all you need to learn and you are ready!

So, for your last weekend before the BIG ONE--follow the advice of the immortal Jimmy Buffett:
"Why don't we get drunk and screw?"

Have fun.

TIM

Seems like good advice to me.

racer_81
09-16-2005, 03:32 PM
Jeff,



So, for your last weekend before the BIG ONE--follow the advice of the immortal Jimmy Buffett:
"Why don't we get drunk and screw?"

Final act in the prep process:lol:

Have fun.

TIM

I'm waiting for Chad to comment on this....

8)

jt
09-16-2005, 04:16 PM
No jpegs please

Bill-Chicago
09-17-2005, 03:58 PM
Well Jeff,

Your turn ins should now be complete.

What'd the neighbors think seeing you walk around the neighborhood every 30 minutes with a white box and a stop watch?

Was the term "lugnut" heard?

Jeff_in_KC
09-17-2005, 06:08 PM
Well Jeff,

Your turn ins should now be complete.

What'd the neighbors think seeing you walk around the neighborhood every 30 minutes with a white box and a stop watch?

Was the term "lugnut" heard?

I'm taking it easy this weekend, Bill. Got 10 thighs in brine and will drop in marinade tonight when I get home from partying! Also, three racks of babybacks with rub and in the fridge. Cooking these up tomorrow during football.

Bill-Chicago
09-17-2005, 09:12 PM
I'm taking it easy this weekend, Bill. Got 10 thighs in brine and will drop in marinade tonight when I get home from partying! Also, three racks of babybacks with rub and in the fridge. Cooking these up tomorrow during football.

Sounds good

good luck next week!!

brdbbq
09-18-2005, 08:19 AM
when I get home from partying!

Sounds like practice to me................

icemn62
09-18-2005, 08:38 AM
I'm taking it easy this weekend, Bill. Got 10 thighs in brine and will drop in marinade tonight when I get home from partying! Also, three racks of babybacks with rub and in the fridge. Cooking these up tomorrow during football.

Only a Brethren will consider this as a lite cook. Glad you are relaxing. Have fun at the Royal.