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Jaskew82
09-18-2012, 12:22 PM
So this year was my first year of experiencing competition BBQ. Boogiesnap (Dylan of Smo' Q) was kind enough to show me the ropes and let me pit bitch for him for 3 or 4 events:clap:. Then I went to Sam's Club Medford, NY and did my first competition ever. Scored well and was invited to Chesapeake for the regional this past weekend. Got my ass kicked by some great teams (though I did take #1 in Chicken). :tsk:

So, on my own, I have done two competitions, won 3 trophies and got 4 calls :blabla: (#1 pork, #3 ribs, #3 overall in Medford and #1 in Chicken in VA).
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I am very pleased with these results but I don't have the time or money to do any more this season.


I think I am in denial... I want to cook more (and can) but if its not in a parking lot or field with a bunch of other BBQ enthusiasts, it doesn't feel like it matters. :crazy:

Is this normal or should I visit a Psychotherapist? Something tells me this is normal for competitors.

INmitch
09-18-2012, 12:38 PM
Welcome to our nightmare!:thumb:

INmitch
09-18-2012, 12:40 PM
By the way great job on your first 2 comps!

Scottie
09-18-2012, 12:42 PM
This will be the lowest number of contests i have cooked since 2005. I cant wait for the season to be over...

Just Pulin' Pork
09-18-2012, 12:43 PM
Yep its called an addiction! A BBQ addiction to be precise! Congrats on the success!

Wampus
09-18-2012, 02:40 PM
....and.......the HOOK has been set deep.



Congrats!










....and I'm so sorry for you. :becky:

Smokin' Hicks
09-18-2012, 02:58 PM
I'm sorry brother....its all down hill from here....my family has to tell me there is a comp. coming up next month we should enter and maybe you should start getting some practice in now....they know that is about the only way I will fire up the pit now :wink:....cooking at home is fun but just doesn't have that same pressure, adrenaline type of rush you get from crunch time at a comp. ....and that's what I like most about the comp. end of cooking.....THE ADRENALINE RUSH!!!!

caseydog
09-18-2012, 03:15 PM
Wow, I hope this isn't a widespread feeling among competition cooks. If so, it is yet another reason I don't want to enter competition BBQ. I can't imagine not wanting to spend a sunny Sunday cooking in the backyard just for the joy of cooking, and the satisfaction of a good, home-cooked meal.

CD

big brother smoke
09-18-2012, 03:49 PM
Wow, I hope this isn't a widespread feeling among competition cooks. If so, it is yet another reason I don't want to enter competition BBQ. I can't imagine not wanting to spend a sunny Sunday cooking in the backyard just for the joy of cooking, and the satisfaction of a good, home-cooked meal.

CD

You will, but you will have competing in the back of your mind. Sometimes, a light bulb comes on about competing whilst cooking for fun.

Jaskew82
09-18-2012, 03:53 PM
Thanks everyone.

@CaseyDog - its not a bad thing. I love to cook but the thrill/adrenaline rush you get from competition is quite addictive.

Eggspert
09-18-2012, 04:06 PM
We just finished our 7th and last competition of the 1st year in KCBS. The entire last competition my teammates and I kept saying, "I sure am glad this is the last one of the year. I need a break from BBQ." Then we got a 5th place rib call and we were all sad that we have to wait until April/May for the next one. The last one of the year is bitter sweet.

On the way home from the competition I was looking online for 2013 and already building the schedule. It's crazy addicting and expensive, but a passion and way of life for most of us. It's one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have done.

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Outnumbered
09-18-2012, 04:33 PM
Don't ask those kind of questions. Enjoy the success you've had. Well done, brother. :clap2:

And you're screwed. Every contest I go home cussing and say I'm not coming back. By the time I'm 2 miles from home, I'm thinking about what I can do different for the next one.

mjl
09-18-2012, 05:18 PM
Enjoy the moment, and keep it in perspective. BBQ burnout is quite common. Don't let competition bbq take the fun out of "regular" bbq.

ML

Muzzlebrake
09-18-2012, 09:03 PM
Lets see how you feel after a stretch of 3 or 4 contests where it rained sideways and you don't get a call.

Thats when you know you're in trouble!

Podge
09-18-2012, 09:07 PM
This will be the lowest number of contests i have cooked since 2005. I cant wait for the season to be over...

I think I have you beat.. I'm looking at 4 for this year... how many are you at? Have you thought more about Springfield?

juslearning
09-18-2012, 09:11 PM
Congrats!!!!!! On your calls and addiction!!

Sledneck
09-18-2012, 09:22 PM
Sometimes i wish i never got started. I cant separate the two, back yard and comp. i think i enjoyed backyard more than comp before

Market Hunter
09-19-2012, 05:29 AM
I, too, am a rookie comp cook. I cook comps twice a month and for my family & friends the other 2.

I get more enjoyment out of family and friends eating than I do comps. Comp results are fleeting week to week. Compliments live on.

Comps do help me "feed" my competitive nature by giving me an awesome platform to test my cooking skills in a socially mellow environment. This balances well with my other competitive outlet: hockey.

Oh, BTW...NICE chicken in Chesapeake. It must have been awesome b/c I saw/tasted the 2nd place bird and I know how good it was! :clap2:

MAP
09-19-2012, 06:34 AM
I know how you feel. This is our first year and Smokin on the the Bay was supposed to be our last comp of the year but just had to get one more in so we are doing Woodstock, Va October 19-20. That will be the last one of the year.......I Think...lol

Brauma
09-19-2012, 07:51 AM
So this year was my first year of experiencing competition BBQ. Boogiesnap (Dylan of Smo' Q) was kind enough to show me the ropes and let me pit bitch for him for 3 or 4 events:clap:. Then I went to Sam's Club Medford, NY and did my first competition ever. Scored well and was invited to Chesapeake for the regional this past weekend. Got my ass kicked by some great teams (though I did take #1 in Chicken). :tsk:

So, on my own, I have done two competitions, won 3 trophies and got 4 calls :blabla: (#1 pork, #3 ribs, #3 overall in Medford and #1 in Chicken in VA).

I hate you. It took us 2 years to get our first walk.

Just kidding. :wink: Congrats on your success! :clap2: It is addictive and we love it too. We're in the same boat as you and we're done for the year. But we're saving our pennies, looking for a few sponsors, and looking forward to next year!

Westexbbq
09-19-2012, 09:58 AM
In my opinion,
you're doing just fine!
Keep up the good work and enjoy.

mr dirts bbq
09-19-2012, 12:27 PM
nice job dude! great calls for first 2 comps! looking forward to going toe to toe with you next year!:boxing:

boogiesnap
09-19-2012, 04:47 PM
Sometimes i wish i never got started. I cant separate the two, back yard and comp. i think i enjoyed backyard more than comp before

i kinda feel the same way. i used to cook for family and freinds, now i cook for practice and taste testing.

i've focused just on pizza on the grill lately.

Sledneck
09-19-2012, 05:04 PM
Lets see how you feel after a stretch of 3 or 4 contests where it rained sideways and you don't get a call.

Thats when you know you're in trouble!

Ding ding ding ding we have a winner!

kenthanson
09-19-2012, 07:04 PM
This was my first year of comepting and our last comp was Aug 17th and I have lit a chimney of charcoal since than. I know I should be cooking but I just don't have the drive to make food for my family and friends anymore because I know I can just toss some racks on or a butt and leave it and relax, but I know I will chart temps and try different flavour profiles and it won't just be a relaxing cook on the weekend but a whole day of bbq.

ClayHill
09-19-2012, 07:13 PM
its fun to get calls on your first comp. I got reserve in my first........its been a train wreck ever since. I dont compete anymore:sad:

Jaskew82
09-20-2012, 07:58 AM
@clayhill You are right. It sure is fun and I am sure I will feel differently if I compete next year and stop getting calls.

The itch to cook has really set during this work week. I don't have time this weekend but next weekend I plan on doing something - even if it is just a rack of ribs.

smokinit
09-20-2012, 11:39 AM
Lets see how you feel after a stretch of 3 or 4 contests where it rained sideways and you don't get a call.

Thats when you know you're in trouble!


WWED :becky:

CBQ
09-20-2012, 01:09 PM
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The itch to cook has really set during this work week. I don't have time this weekend but next weekend I plan on doing something - even if it is just a rack of ribs.

New London!