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rcbaughn
02-17-2013, 09:37 AM
Hey guys! I am a smoker of younger age and novice experience and very interested in trying to find someone who would let me tag along for one of their cooks. I'd be very happy to the the bi*** of the team and do anything that anyone else doesn't care for! Being 25 I know I have a lot to learn about a lot of different things in life, and I would love to try and up my game on smoking and maybe one day have a team of my own. Maybe pick up some other life lessons along the way! LOL.

Anywho, I'm located in Birmingham, AL. Anyone who is close to there let me know, I'll be glad to be the go to boy for running around and being a side helper. I don't want any credit towards the cook at the end, I just want to leave with a better understanding of the comp circuit. I have a guy on the Weber forum that I might get to do Stokin' with here in Bham in August, but anything else I would be glad to be involved with. I'm ready and willing to work my ass off.

BTW, I didn't know if this was the place I needed to post this, or if it was frowned upon, but I am very interested in learning more and excited from what I have learned so far from the site and what I might be able to gain from someone who has done it for years. If this is an unacceptable kind of post, please take it down. I do not want to do anything that might offend anyone or break the rules of this site.

-Cory Baughn

smokeisgood
02-17-2013, 10:39 AM
How do you smoke "youngs"???? hahahaha, I crack myself up....
Good luck on your endeavor...

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
02-17-2013, 10:43 AM
There is a section on here called BBQ Brethren Team Mentoring where your request might get more notice. Perhaps a Mod will see this and be kind enough to move it there for you.

rcbaughn
02-17-2013, 10:44 AM
Hahahaha! I'm sure if I tried to go out right now and compete on my own I'd get smoked by everyone and their momma there! Be a nervous wreck too, drive myself mad. And thank you SO MUCH for telling me about the mentoring section. Maybe it will get moved there. Thanks so much again for that, I don't know how I didn't see it.

jketron
02-17-2013, 04:21 PM
First question, how long do you boil the ribs before you smoke them?

jketron
02-17-2013, 04:24 PM
ok ok, all jokes aside, if you make it out to California I'd be more than happy to show you what I have learned. I'm just beginning to cook competitively myself and can't wait to learn even more

rcbaughn
02-17-2013, 05:23 PM
First question, how long do you boil the ribs before you smoke them?

My last rack about 4 hours, then I just broiled in the oven! That's barbecue right? Right. :becky:

But yeah, thank you so much for extending an open invitation to etting me hang around your team. I wish I could get out that way, the farthest I've been west was Las Vegas and that was a pretty place when you got outside the city. Grand Canyon was life changing too.... But maybe not as much as Vegas at night. :laugh:

rcbaughn
02-21-2013, 02:09 PM
Well I may have found someone that is willing to let me join their team for an event in Gadsden, AL in August! I'm excited about it so hopefully it will work out and I'll be able to pick up a few things. If not I'll go anyways and just try to pick some stuff up from meandering around!

Pigs on Fire
02-21-2013, 02:21 PM
Where does your heart lie in the Fall?

And where exactly are you from? Nobody lives "in Birmingham"...

Pigs on Fire
02-21-2013, 02:48 PM
First question, how long do you boil the ribs before you smoke them?

He's from Alabama. Not up north.

rcbaughn
02-21-2013, 03:08 PM
Where does your heart lie in the Fall?

And where exactly are you from? Nobody lives "in Birmingham"...

My heart lies anytime with learning about cooking slow and learning from someone older and way smarter than I am. I'm willing to travel a good piece as long as I can find somewhere to stay for a good price if it's overnight. The price of learning can't be measured if ya ask me, but college funds kinda cut that short if ya know what I mean.

I live IN Birmingham, right i, downtown on Southside in an old house that I rent. I'm originally from Lynn, Alabama though which is about 60 miles north of B'ham and 20 miles north of Jasper, AL. It's in Winston County, bottom left hand corner. Small town. Very, very small town. Around 600 population.

Pigs on Fire
02-21-2013, 03:28 PM
So you're a Bama fan.

:tsk:

rcbaughn
02-21-2013, 03:42 PM
So you're a Bama fan.

:tsk:
NOT NO BUT HELL NO!!!!!!! Auburn is where my heart lies in football. Alabama can stick it where the sun don't shine as far as I care. I am also a UAB fan since I take classes there, but tailgating at Legion field just ain't the same and UAB football just isn't serious at all. It's not supported by hardly anyone and that sucks. War Eagle though!

New Pal Frank
02-21-2013, 04:05 PM
Hey, you can't knock the kid for asking. I was there a couple years ago and a team took me in for a couple contests and last summer my wife and I went out on our own and did 8 contest. We heard our name call 13 times.
Good luck RC and don't give up.

hogzillas
02-21-2013, 04:21 PM
NOT NO BUT HELL NO!!!!!!! Auburn is where my heart lies in football. Alabama can stick it where the sun don't shine as far as I care. I am also a UAB fan since I take classes there, but tailgating at Legion field just ain't the same and UAB football just isn't serious at all. It's not supported by hardly anyone and that sucks. War Eagle though!


I knew there was something I did like about you from your post on Vitual Weber & as well as something in common - we both hate that university down the road. Yes tailgating at LF is problematic but that's what you get when your BOT doesn't care for your program nor 1 of the other universities (UAH) in the 3 university system & you're stuck at a century old stadium run by the gumps of the same ilk. Now if we could only get our own stadium things would be a different matter . I tailgate at the UAB games & a fan of it as well as employee.

dosvans
02-21-2013, 05:26 PM
You are more than welcome to come hang out with us during a cook Cory. We are cooking Pensacola on the weekend of the 2nd, Mobile on the 9th, and Tupelo on the 16th. Tupelo may be the best one for you to come hang out at because there will be close to 100 teams from all over the country. It will give you a chance to see what a lot of teams are doing. Our team (Smoke Me Silly) is fairly new (starting our second year), but we would be more than happy to show you some things. Send me a PM if you are interested.

Pigs on Fire
02-21-2013, 05:52 PM
Yes, please go cook with Smoke Me Silly and then bring all their secrets to us.

:mrgreen:

rcbaughn
02-21-2013, 06:33 PM
I knew there was something I did like about you from your post on Vitual Weber & as well as something in common - we both hate that university down the road. Yes tailgating at LF is problematic but that's what you get when your BOT doesn't care for your program nor 1 of the other universities (UAH) in the 3 university system & you're stuck at a century old stadium run by the gumps of the same ilk. Now if we could only get our own stadium things would be a different matter . I tailgate at the UAB games & a fan of it as well as employee.

No way Hog! Nice to see another UAB tailgater and also a fellow hater! I always tailgate with the fraternity in the student section (Delta Sigma Phi) when I go. When I was an active brother as an undergraduate I was always over the food and grilling. You mighta saw us once with a big trailer grille with fryer and all, but I doubt you'd remember seeing it since we only did that twice and it was a few years ago. One of our guys dad's loaned it to us.

Tailgating at UAB has it's good and bad weekend for sure. Homecoming is always damn fun and it feels like a real football tailgate if the weather is right. I just wish they'd get us that damn stadium build downtown like they've proposed a billion times. If they'd do that and get us a fraternity row close to it we'd have the feeling of a real southern college when you went to hang out at games. Probably never gonna happen though. Ever. The BOT can go to hell, and I'm serious about that. We do all the academic work and get ALL the grant money for research and they ride us while they enjoy the fruits of they're precious football program. I hate it to my core what they do to UAB and UAH.

What do ya do at UAB BTW? I know several people who work for the system. It's a huge thing though for sure, all kinds of jobs out there with UAB. My ex GF's dad was a painter for them.

Limp Brisket
02-22-2013, 11:22 AM
We cooked Battle of the Bones a few months ago at Legion Field, had a good time.

rcbaughn
02-22-2013, 01:33 PM
Yeah tailgating with UAB can be fun if you have a bunch of people there. Homecoming is good fun and Memphis is definitely the most hyped game of the year. I can only imagine how much fun it would be if we had a really good facility.

$1000 prize money for it sounds pretty good too. How many teams were there if you can remember?

Pigs on Fire
02-22-2013, 01:37 PM
I didn't know Legion Field still existed. I remember when one side was falling in.

Do the neighbors still charge $10 to park the yard, $20 for security?

rcbaughn
02-22-2013, 01:57 PM
It is so deserted now when a game is going on that every single car can fit in the lots around the stadium with room for about 10,000 more cars I bet. And it's UAB themselves charging for parking around the stadium too. I think it's like $7 a car or something inconvenient like that and you have to have correct change and they don't take checks.

And they just decided to tear down the upper deck instead of fixing it years ago. The ole girl isn't going to be in useable shape for very long if they don't start some serious upkeep on it. Maybe they won't though and it'll fall in and we'll get our stadium on campus.

I remember going to an Alabama game (before they stopped using Legion Field) when I was little with my best friend and his grandpa and we stayed in a motorhome, but I'll never forget driving down there after school with them and seeing a ton of people hocking their yards for parking. I had never seen anything like that before at that age. Never forget it. So many people selling barbecue right out of their yards too, smelled so good. Every cooker was an old drum grill or smoker that I remember, even being that young. LOL.

hogzillas
02-22-2013, 04:09 PM
Remember at LF we (UAB) get no money from parking nor concessions that is the B'ham Parks & Rec that gets that as well as said people giving visitors a bad experiences when they come, again BP&R employees as well as fans of that other program down the road so no vested interest in giving people a good experience. As to parking no it's not a problem of space, it's a problem of the people you have to deal with (parking nazis) The only time you might have to park off LF would be something like a SoMiss game or the rare $EC opponent coming there but the price is the same as LF in most cases $8 but at LF you might have to buy an extra spot if you have something as large as a 10x10 canopy to set up. If UAT was still playing games there, you wouldn't see no problems that we have happen to them. We play our home games there but it's not a home field for us either.
As to BOB contest, there were about a dozen teams & I was surprised that they had that many considering they staqrted about 2 wks before the contest whereas I was telling them in the UAB Mkting dept to get off their butts back in Aug to get stuff done. The contest left me a sour taste in my mouth as a BBQer as well as a fan/employee of UAB. I'll get off my soapbox before I get on it about that.

I tailgate in the paid spots on the north side of the stadium, look for the white canopy near the Gang Green, Dragons Lair tailgate spots (easiest tailgate setup landmarks). We've normally 20-40 people & I'm the grill master of course. We try to theme it to an opponent. Stop by if you come we have adult beverages as well as those for the tea totalers.

Pigs on Fire
03-29-2013, 02:04 PM
Cory......


Did you get my PM 2 weeks ago??

NazBQ
03-29-2013, 09:12 PM
Not sure if you're willing to drive or not, but you could join us for a comp and see how it works out.

Pigs on Fire
04-01-2013, 07:35 AM
One more bump....

cdkeach
04-01-2013, 03:49 PM
I guess he's changed his mind. Time to move on.