View Full Version : First Competition Nerves.....

03-13-2013, 04:40 PM
This weekend we will participate in our first BBQ Competition. Let me say that we are all PUMPED! However the nerves are setting in. We have been practicing for month and have it down to a science... We think... :wink: I have read several different things on how long you should have your meats ready before turn in... some say by 9am for a noon turn in.... thats way to long right? Some say an hour... that seems short..... AHHH!!! :drama:

03-13-2013, 04:43 PM
AND!!!! What do you stake your tents down with on a parking lot?

03-13-2013, 04:48 PM
For holding times it depends on the meat. We normally hold pork and brisket for 2 or 3 hours. Chicken and ribs come off the pit and pretty much go right into the box, after some fiddling with.

For your tent, use 5 gallon buckets filled with water strapped to the tent.

03-13-2013, 04:52 PM
As stated above big meats 2 to 4 hours. Others pretty much right off the smoker. Write down your time line from what you learned in practice and stay with it. Have fun but keep your eye on the prize. Keith

Cast Iron Chef
03-13-2013, 05:17 PM
CPW said it best. Good luck and have fun. Oh, and watch the alcohol Friday night.

03-13-2013, 05:47 PM
I was going to suggest to have a few and calm the nerves. its just like how your practiced

Rich Parker
03-13-2013, 06:03 PM
AND!!!! What do you stake your tents down with on a parking lot?

Use 5 gallon buckets with water and a strap to the tent in the corners work well enough. Add buckets as needed for conditions or your sleeping chair. :razz:

Have fun and good luck!

03-13-2013, 06:27 PM
All the responses above have it covered. I would also suggest to give yourself plenty of time to pack and get there early. If not its overwhelming to be the last to show up and squeeze into your spot to set up. :oops:

Don't sweat it, you are going to have a blast and get hooked.:grin:

03-13-2013, 06:38 PM
Dont forget your camera!!!

03-13-2013, 07:52 PM
Have fun! Meet some people! Don't get too liquored up!

03-13-2013, 08:02 PM
Have fun! Meet some people! Don't get too liquored up!


If you aren't having fun, it isn't worth it
Enjoy, get all your turn ins done on time, and don't worry about where u place. Well don't wanna be Dal...
But otherwise.....

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03-13-2013, 08:18 PM
Other things to use to tie down the tent are:
Nearby vehicle or trailer
Purpose made tent weights
Weights from a weight lifting set
5 gal water jugs
cooler filled with ice or water
Whatever you do, make sure to tie the tent down when you are setting up, other wise the wind will come up right when you are trying to slice your brisket, and your tent will be halfway across the parking lot.

03-13-2013, 09:03 PM
If the wind kicks up, lower the tent as much as you can and still work. Side walls are great to keep out rain, but they also act like sails. If the winds get really high, the walls in the direction the wind is going have to be open.

Big meats should be resting by 10, but chicken and ribs don't need it. Our chicken has sometimes come off the cooker at 11:58. Chicken boxes fast though, pork takes the longest. (at least for us)

The Virginian
03-13-2013, 09:08 PM
Get all of your meats in on time, and have fun. For a first competition, those should be the only goals. The rest will take care of itself.

03-13-2013, 09:55 PM
Other things to use to tie down the tent are:
Nearby vehicle or trailer

Just remember that you did this if you have to move your vehicle.

Don't ask me how I know this.


03-14-2013, 09:32 AM
Have fun, trust your product that you have developed and stick to your schedule. Bring everything you think you might need and trim down your list from there.

Kave Dweller
03-14-2013, 10:09 AM
Have fun and relax!

we have small 1 gallon buckets we filled with quickcrete with a bolt in the center for our tents, small and heavy.

03-14-2013, 02:01 PM
Totally agree with the 5 gallon buckets. they are in-expensive, lightweight(when empty) and usually you have water at a comp so you can fill them at the site.

03-14-2013, 02:14 PM
Nerves are a good thing - they keep you on edge and moving quick.
Remember to have fun but if you want to do well, stay off the sauce.

Plan to have your big meats done around 9-10am at the latest. Chicken should be timed to come off the cooker and practically right in the box. Maybe 15min cushion. Ribs can rest in foil for a good 45 mins in a cooler and stay nice a warm. I actually like to rest ribs a little before cutting.

Fatback Joe
03-14-2013, 02:31 PM
I had a friend of mine help me out at my first comp and he said something that has stuck with me at every comp since then.........."Calm down, it is just farking cooking".

Don't make it out to be something that it is not, have a plan and follow it, you are cooking anything that you haven't done before.

Good luck!!!

03-14-2013, 03:57 PM
x2 on getting to the comp as early as possible. It will take you longer to set up than you think. Its also better to get in early to make getting into the spot easier. Just make a plan and stick to it.

I would recommend trimming at home before your 1st comp. Just remember no marinades or injections before you get your meat inspected.

03-14-2013, 06:19 PM
Just cooked my first competition last weekend in Marksville LA with 51 other teams. We were kinda nervous but super excited. Jamie Geer from Jambo Pits and BBQ Pitmasters showed up! We made the final table in ribs, but did not place in Chicken or Brisket. You are going to have a blast. Just take it all in and enjoy it. And get and electric knife for your brisket. Our slices were weird and uneven.

03-14-2013, 07:44 PM
I still get nervous, and excited.. When you don't, that's when you quit.

Butt Rubb'n BBQ
03-14-2013, 09:20 PM
If you have a first up or one like it they make weights that fit into the legs and they work great. It's best to let meat rest for about 30 minutes or so. Since its your first comp I would give myself plenty of time so you don't miss turn in but when it's all said and done it doesn't really matter. My last comp I was running late and took butts off smoker and put straight in box and took second. Just add some drippings so it does not dry out. Happy smoking!