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cmohr74
11-06-2012, 08:42 PM
We have some great news for all of you interested in the Swamps boys class in Chicago. We have a lock on March 29-30, 2013 (Friday & Saturday). The next part of the great news...it is at CABELAS in Hoffman Estates, IL!!!! The class is a cost of $500. This is a one chance opportunity to not have to spend $1,000's (because you know your spouse wouldn't let you go without her :wink:) to fly down to Flordia to take this class.
Also, Rob has agreed to donate one ticket to the class valued at $500. The tickets will be sold for $25 each. The proceeds will go to support Illinois BBQ Alliance, a sister to Operation BBQ Relief. If you buy a seat to the class and decide to buy a raffle ticket, if you happen to win, the total of the class will be immediately refunded in full. I am currently working on getting a block of hotels for those coming in from out of town. I just need a rough idea of how many might be looking for a hotel. Please PM me if you have any interest.

cmohr74
11-06-2012, 08:50 PM
I apologize to everyone before that express interest about the class. My computer crashed and I lost the contact email list I had. If you did not receive a PM, please let me know.

Fat Freddy
11-06-2012, 09:29 PM
I am interested in this class if I can manage a few things.

MAP
11-07-2012, 06:31 AM
I am interested in this class. Where can I find more info?

cmohr74
11-07-2012, 07:30 AM
We just got approval from Cabelas, so the official flyer will be finalized shortly...legal dept. stuff. If you go to swamp boys bbq website, he has older flyers that have information on the same format class. Once Rob has that finalized, sales will be through him. I will try to get you that information by today or tomorrow.

cmohr74
11-07-2012, 08:08 AM
http://www.swampboys.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/VeniceFliersmall.jpg

Here is the link to their most recent class and flyer. Hope it works from my phone.

cmohr74
11-07-2012, 04:39 PM
I just got word from Rob that there will be a second ticket to the class that has been donated and will be raffled off. The proceeds of the second ticket will go to support local Scottie Johnson's charity organization, Cancer Sucks Chicago. Below is information from Sweet Baby Ray about Illinois BBQ Alliance.

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You can also learn more info about Scotties organization at:

www.cancersuckschicago.com (http://www.cancersuckschicago.com)

Scottie
11-07-2012, 05:29 PM
Go Gators!!!! :-P

Rub
11-08-2012, 07:35 AM
The flier and application are now online. I am still working on the raffle for the 2 class seats, will let you know when that part is ready.
http://www.swampboys.com/wordpress/?p=799
http://www.swampboys.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ChicagoClassPoster1.jpg


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dhuffjr
11-08-2012, 12:56 PM
Dang! I was hoping to hit this one but I've made plans for that weekend already.

cmohr74
12-03-2012, 06:29 AM
Swamp Boys won ANOTHER GC this weekend. Swamp Boys has now won 7 GCs and 5 RGCs this year. Swamp Boys ranked 11th in the National BBQ Rankings and likely to move up after this weekend. Raffle tickets to this class are still available for purchase for a chance to win a seat to his class as well as the actual purchased seats.

Rub
12-09-2012, 06:12 PM
OK another GC this weekend at the Triple Crown Championship. In my last 7 contests I have won four GCs, two RGCs, and one 3rd overall. Four contests and 3 GCs and 1 RGC since this thread was started.

Big question: What are you waiting for? :wink:

Coz
12-09-2012, 06:26 PM
trying to figure if I could afford the divorce if I took the class...

cpw
12-09-2012, 06:27 PM
trying to figure if I could afford the divorce if I took the class...

That sounds about right!

Coz
12-09-2012, 06:35 PM
for me it should be automatic to take this. I have taken classes the last couple years but none who cooked on cookers similar to what I compete with . Rub has done well with Stumps when he was using them.

cmohr74
12-10-2012, 06:55 AM
Stumps aside Coz, it sounds like you could give Rub any cooker and his TECHNIQUE is what wins it for him. Thats why this class would pan out well for anyone serious about competing. When setting this class up with him, I asked what kind of cooker he wanted me to secure. His response, "I'm sponsored by Yoder, I was sponsored by Stumps, so those work. But generally you give me any cooker and a crash course and I can do well with it. My cooking techniques are what wins."
This is just my opinion, but I believe great competitiors can cook on any cooker out there, as long as they truly understand how to cook and master "their technique", they can do well on anything.

Coz
12-10-2012, 05:11 PM
I couldnt agree more Dan. It would just be nice to get some info from some one that has cooked on the type of cookers that I use. Ya know theres always a nugget of info that you may find that you wouldnt get otherwise .

cmohr74
12-11-2012, 04:19 PM
Keep away from that nugget of information my friend, I'm already getting my tush wiped through the dirt by you. :wink:

Rub
01-03-2013, 09:35 PM
I did some Swamp Boys number crunching for 2012. Most of this info doesn't get posted here at the Brethren during the year so just to let you know how it went...

Swamp Boys 2012 By the Numbers:
Contests: 29
Sanctioning Bodies: 3
States Competed In: 5
Miles Traveled: 12,045
Grand Championships: 8
Reserve Grand Championships: 5
Third Overall: 4
Finished in Top 3 Overall: 17 out of 29 times = 59%
Category Wins: 21
Category Top 5ís: 5

Hope to see you at Cabela's in March!

cmohr74
01-08-2013, 10:40 AM
Time to add yet another RGC to the list. I believe in the past 8 contests:
4 - GC's
3 - RGC's
1 - 3rd overall

Do yourself a favor and learn what is winning right NOW to date!!

cmohr74
01-08-2013, 10:46 AM
I have had a few people that signed up for the class ask about some travel arrangements. Although I'm not a travel agent, I did do some poking around at available options which would best benefit any classmembers. If I can get a count on heads, maybe I can arrange for a block of rooms at the Marriot because it is so close. Otherwise I included what my preference would be from personal experience.

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Rub
01-12-2013, 06:12 PM
RGC today.

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cmohr74
01-24-2013, 08:13 AM
With time nearing and seats filling up, don't hesitate to get a seat to this class. With a recent track record like Rub's, it's hard not to get excited about this opportunity. Look forward to meeting all those who will join me in this class and maybe we will meet again in some local contests up on stage from applying all that we learned :grin:.

cmohr74
01-29-2013, 11:25 AM
Anyone happen to look at the latest National BBQ Rankings lately?

http://nationalbbqrankings.com/ranking

Need more reasons to sign up?

Rub
01-30-2013, 07:29 AM
Only a handful of seats left. This one will sell out.


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cmohr74
02-12-2013, 07:01 AM
With only 7 weeks left before class begins, don't be the one that misses out on this opportunity. For those of you who cook on a Yoder Pellet cooker and want to learn more about it's capability, sign up today. This is one of the cookers Rub chose to cook on for the class.

cmohr74
03-14-2013, 02:08 PM
With just a short bit of time before Swamp Boys Comp Class Chi-town style gets under way. Some Brethren were curious if others were coming in town Thursday night and wanted to get together for dinner and some drinks. Anyone interested feel free to chime in.

SCSmoke
03-14-2013, 02:27 PM
Any idea what time on Friday is the class going to start?

Kave Dweller
03-14-2013, 02:56 PM
I was told high noon

Kave Dweller
03-14-2013, 04:12 PM
With just a short bit of time before Swamp Boys Comp Class Chi-town style gets under way. Some Brethren were curious if others were coming in town Thursday night and wanted to get together for dinner and some drinks. Anyone interested feel free to chime in.

Did I tell ya about the time I said "no" to drinking an eating with interesting BBQ chat.... of course i didn't because it wouldn't happen. I'd be in.

Ron_L
03-14-2013, 04:40 PM
With just a short bit of time before Swamp Boys Comp Class Chi-town style gets under way. Some Brethren were curious if others were coming in town Thursday night and wanted to get together for dinner and some drinks. Anyone interested feel free to chime in.

Let me know when and where and if I am available I'll be there

Rub
03-14-2013, 04:48 PM
Keep me in mind too. I'll be in town that weekend.

Kave Dweller
03-14-2013, 05:59 PM
Keep me in mind too. I'll be in town that weekend.

Are you staying at the hotel next to Cabela's?

Dan - 3eyzbbq
03-14-2013, 09:05 PM
Keep me in mind too. I'll be in town that weekend.

Make sure they get you an Italian Beef Sandwich. Or two....

Rub
03-14-2013, 11:29 PM
Haven't booked yet. Looking forward to my 1st Italian Beef sandwich!

cmohr74
03-15-2013, 06:21 AM
I know Ron will chime in here but between O'Hare Airport and Hoffman Estates, Johnnies Beef is by far #1 choice in Arlington Heights right off the highway, or Buona Beef, not too far from all the hotels. Don't forget about experiencing your Deep Dish Pizza or Chicago Dogs. Come to think of it...I'm surprised Chicago's not the "Fattest City" in the US. Other than food and corrupt politicians, what do we have?

cmohr74
03-15-2013, 06:24 AM
Since us in town people can eat here all the time, Thursday night for you out of towner's that want to grab dinner and some drinks, what "dish" or place do you want to experience or just a simple sports bar with cheap drinks? If I get an idea of a count, I can try and set something up and get a "group" pricing if it's known in advance.

Kave Dweller
03-15-2013, 07:10 AM
As long as no one says portillos or Gino's east I'm in. East Dundee Emmett's for the beer lovers? Penny rd pub about as close as we could get, wool street downtown not shabby or the dreaded woodfield area.

billm
03-15-2013, 07:26 AM
forget all that deep dish tourist pizza..Village Pizza is not too far from Cabelas ..north of 90 on Route 25 in Dundee ..best in that area IMO..traditional THIN crust Chicago pizza
would agree on Buona beef (for a chain not bad)for that area as well..there is one on Higgins (72) and Barrington Road not to far from Cabelas either
Bottom line where you guys are going to be at is pretty much food chain wasteland like most of the suburbs of Chicago..unless you get closer to the city border or the city itself.
Im not in the class but wouldnt mind joining up with group for dinner depending on time and place

SCSmoke
03-15-2013, 08:25 AM
I would have to agree with Johnnie's Beef. Although Portillos is very good( you heard me Corey). Depending on time/place I should be able to make it.

Kave Dweller
03-15-2013, 09:30 AM
I would have to agree with Johnnie's Beef. Although Portillos is very good( you heard me Corey). Depending on time/place I should be able to make it.

Speechless Andrew, absolutely speechless.

billm
03-15-2013, 10:10 AM
I would have to agree with Johnnie's Beef. Although Portillos is very good( you heard me Corey). Depending on time/place I should be able to make it.
agreed .. I am very vocal of my disdain for corp owned chain restaurants but Portillo's isnt all that bad .

Ron_L
03-15-2013, 10:19 AM
OK... Lots of stuff since my last post :-D

Dan... i agree with Johnnie's.

Kave Dweller (Is it Corey?), Portillo's isn't bad, especially if there are no other options. They are the only option for a beef within a 15 minute drive of my house.

Bill... I agree with Village Pizza, good stuff. But, I'll admit that I do like Malnati's. I know I'm not supposed to, but I do.

Corey... I know the owner of the Penny Road Pub (Steve) but I've never been there. I've worked with his wife for about 15 years.

How do you locals feel about The Assembly on Barrington road? I haven't been there for a couple of years but I've enjoyed their burgers in the past.

Kave Dweller
03-15-2013, 12:46 PM
Kave Dweller (Is it Corey?)

Corey... I know the owner of the Penny Road Pub (Steve).

How do you locals feel about The Assembly on Barrington road?

Yeah it's Corey.

Haven't been to penny road pub or assembly in years. Doesn't matter to me, ill go any where.

I'm done being offended by portillos (he says shaking his head in awe).

We could always go to Ruth Chris steak joint, I can afford tap water there.....no ice of course I'm not made of money.

Do we have a head count? Assuming all out of towners will be in the greater Hoffman/south barrington region accommodations?

HistoricBBQ
03-15-2013, 12:59 PM
Two of us from Historic BBQ will be there later on Thursday (probably 10pm at the earliest, we are driving from Ohio).

This is our first class before our first competition session.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Kave Dweller
03-15-2013, 03:54 PM
Historic there is still time to try heroin, probably cheaper and less addicting then comp BBQ.

Rub
03-17-2013, 08:31 PM
Swamp Boys GC this weekend. :wink:
http://www.flbbq.org/contests/ft_myers.htm

DCFIREMANN
03-17-2013, 09:00 PM
Rub I just sent you an e mail

jketron
03-17-2013, 09:13 PM
Penny Road Pub! I used to live in the farm next to the pub before the land was sold off.

Kave Dweller
03-24-2013, 06:31 PM
Any plan for Thursday night firm yet?

SCSmoke
03-25-2013, 08:47 AM
I was wondering if you guys received any info for the class i.e. timeline, start and finish times, what to bring?

Kave Dweller
03-25-2013, 09:30 AM
I haven't Andrew.

Rub
03-25-2013, 09:35 AM
I'll be emailing everyone today Andrew. The quick version is start at noon Friday and go until dinner time, eat smoked prime rib, come back Saturday at 7:30 and go until we're done, usually 2:30-3pm. Bring pen and paper and a camera if you want. You may want to bring your own personal refreshments as well.

Rub
03-25-2013, 09:56 AM
Rub I just sent you an e mail

I have not received anything via snail mail Michael, when did you mail it out?

EDIT: It arrived today, you are all set. :wink:

Kave Dweller
03-25-2013, 09:57 AM
Rub did you get a trailer/camper?

Rub
03-25-2013, 10:00 AM
Yes.

cmohr74
03-25-2013, 02:46 PM
Just wanted to follow-up on you out-of-towners to see if you wanted to meet up Thursday night. Let me know your thoughts. Just got done finalizing things at Cabelas for this weekend's class. I'm really looking forward to meeting with you all.

Rub
03-25-2013, 05:07 PM
I'm in!

billm
03-25-2013, 09:54 PM
im in to meet up thursday evening..

Kave Dweller
03-25-2013, 10:08 PM
Me too

tonyb
03-27-2013, 05:42 PM
Two of us from Historic BBQ are in for Thursday night

Ron_L
03-27-2013, 05:48 PM
Are there any plans for tomorrow night yet?

cmohr74
03-27-2013, 05:57 PM
Rub wants him some good ole chicago beef, so why don't we say Buona Beef in Hoffman Estates, IL on Higgins at 6:30-7:00pm?

SCSmoke
03-27-2013, 07:11 PM
Don't think I will be able to make it out in time for dinner. Dan, if you guys are grabbing a beer after text me where your headed.

Rub
03-27-2013, 07:18 PM
Beer is good too.

cmohr74
03-27-2013, 07:48 PM
I think Rub's saving the beer for Friday night when his gators are playing. Lucky for him theres a bar in the same parking lot as Cabelas. An expensive OTB with bar and restaurant, but right there.

Kave Dweller
03-27-2013, 07:57 PM
Rookies is on the north side of the stripmall at 59 and 72, there is a bww there too (drinks only of course). I'm up for whatever (that's French for a few drinks after a beef).

cmohr74
03-28-2013, 07:33 AM
You out of towners...especially Rub, can thank the big man. It's going to be the warmest weather Friday and Saturday than we have had since November. May not be like Florida, but 50 Friday and 53 Saturday is damn near shorts weather for us.

Kave Dweller
03-28-2013, 05:34 PM
Applebee's at barrington and 59? Now?

tonyb
03-28-2013, 08:43 PM
Where is everyone at? We are watching the buckeyes at Rookies.