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Southern Krunk BBQ Societ
04-07-2013, 08:36 PM
So, who do you think are the top ten teams in bbq at this moment. Not the KCBS top 10 or the IBCA etc, but the 10 teams you would hate to see cooking against you at your comp. You know 'em, so show 'em.... And as you know, the emphasis is "at this moment"...just curious....SKBS

Jacked UP BBQ
04-07-2013, 09:29 PM
I fear no man! There are a lot of great teams.

fnbish
04-07-2013, 10:12 PM
Who do you think? You'll probably be hard pressed to get a bunch of top ten lists. That's a lot of thinking :razz:.

jmoney7269
04-07-2013, 11:17 PM
I fear no man! There are a lot of great teams.
+1
A few teams that always do well at cookoffs we go to are
1. You kill it we grill it
2. Wild bunch
3. Kowboy cookers
4. lee county outlaws
5. Po meskin cookers

rtc
04-07-2013, 11:37 PM
Anybody from Iowa.

sweetheatbbq
04-08-2013, 06:29 AM
I assume by this you mean "There goes my chance at grand" moment when you show up at the comp and see them. For me it is Gateway Drum Smoker (or whatever name they are going under for the comp), St. Louis Black Iron BBQ, Blazing Blues, and 4 Smokin' Butts.

Southern Krunk BBQ Societ
04-08-2013, 06:47 AM
Who do you think? You'll probably be hard pressed to get a bunch of top ten lists. That's a lot of thinking :razz:.

I can name a lot of KCBS and IBCA teams, but don't know much about the other sanctioning entities.

From my experience:

Any Oklahoma guy cooking with a barrel, any team from Iowa that travels two state lines away, any Texas team cooking in Texas just to name some examples!

That said, I think Ronnie Wade is one of the top IBCA cookers and I would really struggle to name 10 teams as you mentioned.

Just trying to generate a little bbq discussion. Also, may be trying work with someone
in Hot Springs to do an "all star" bbq event, but kinda hard to name who those teams would be (and no SKBS is not in that league, but we are working on it :becky:)

Curious what the MBN, Lonestar guys, etc have to think....SKBS

Lake Dogs
04-08-2013, 07:30 AM
> you would hate to see cooking against you at your comp.

I know, I'm bass-ackwards, BUT I dont go to competitions UNLESS some or most of these guys are there. Otherwise, IMHO, why compete? Might as well continue to play T-ball... If you're in this hobby to win money, you're in the wrong hobby. I can show you many ways to make a LOT more money with a lot less invested and a good bid less time/effort... But, if you're there to compete, then why not compete against the very best?

Around here there are plenty of solid competitors; year in and year out. I like it when we Jack's Old South, and Bub-Ba-Q, Holy Smokes (all 3 seen on Pitmasters), Bubba Grills, Dixie Q, Boggy Pond (GC'd MIM a while back), and I could go on and on.

Kentster911
04-08-2013, 07:40 AM
I'd have to say Gilley's should be somewhere on this list, at the moment. 4 comps so far and 2 GC's, an RGC and 3rd overall. The FOG is on fire........

K-Train
04-08-2013, 08:19 AM
3 Eyz
Cool Smoke

Pigs on Fire
04-08-2013, 09:15 AM
the team(s) you would hate to see cooking against you at your comp.


That would be the ones who have no respect for other teams, the organizer, or the competition in general. For some reason, they decided to show up and make those around them miserable.

HawgNationBBQ
04-08-2013, 09:51 AM
>... But, if you're there to compete, then why not compete against the very best?

^^^ Couldn’t agree more. You wanna be the man, then you have to beat the man (or team).

Hawg Father of Seoul
04-08-2013, 09:56 AM
Uhhhh, I think you guys may be missing the point here. He wants a list of the best (as identified by other teams) so they can be invited to an all-star event. Pretty much the opposite of avoiding competition.

Yeah Ronnie Wade should be there. Excellent cook.

Ron_L
04-08-2013, 10:09 AM
Uhhhh, I think you guys may be missing the point here. He wants a list of the best (as identified by other teams) so they can be invited to an all-star event. Pretty much the opposite of avoiding competition.

Yeah Ronnie Wade should be there. Excellent cook.

They may be off target, but I don't see any mention in the OP of an invitational...

So, who do you think are the top ten teams in bbq at this moment. Not the KCBS top 10 or the IBCA etc, but the 10 teams you would hate to see cooking against you at your comp. You know 'em, so show 'em.... And as you know, the emphasis is "at this moment"...just curious....SKBS

I only know teams who cook in KCBS comps so I really can't talk about other bodies with any knowledge. I'm also more familiar with the midwest teams but know teams from other areas by reputation only, so it's hard to make a list of the 10 best. Plus, someone always feels left out with this sort of thing.

WineMaster
04-08-2013, 11:31 AM
These teams haunt me at every comp I go to, In no particular order,

Pigskin
Swine Assassins
Grills gone Wild Iowa
Quau
Big Tz's
Tippy Canoe
Lucky's Q
Shiggin & Grinnin
Ponderosa
A boy and his BBQ
Iowa Smoky D's

So I can't look at it like I hate seeing any team at comps. But instead, if I am lucky enough to
get a call, I know I cooked great that day! Or mabey I just like getting my butt kicked.

Lakeside Smoker
04-08-2013, 11:41 AM
3 Eyz

Curling Q
04-08-2013, 12:30 PM
These teams haunt me at every comp I go to, In no particular order,

Pigskin
Swine Assassins
Grills gone Wild Iowa
Quau
Big Tz's
Tippy Canoe
Lucky's Q
Shiggin & Grinnin
Ponderosa
A boy and his BBQ
Iowa Smoky D's

So I can't look at it like I hate seeing any team at comps. But if I am lucky enough to
get a call, I know I cooked great that day! Or mabey I just like getting my butt kicked.

Agreed

BBQ_Mayor
04-08-2013, 12:33 PM
Name any 10 teams in Iowa and there you go.

Dan - 3eyzbbq
04-08-2013, 01:53 PM
Mid-Atlantic Specific:

Cool Smoke
PA Midnight Smokers
Jacked Up
Lo'N'Slow
Chix Swine & Bovine
Cool Smoke
Gone Hoggin
Checkered Pig
Dizzy Pig
Black Cat

*Notable Mention: Cool Smoke

If your not on the list, sorry, no disrespect intended. Been down south so much, I probably forgot, but I'm sure you'll remind me soon :-P

Slamdunkpro
04-08-2013, 01:59 PM
> But, if you're there to compete, then why not compete against the very best?

^^^ Couldn’t agree more. You wanna be the man, then you have to beat the man (or team).

^^This^^ To Quote Chris from 3Eyz "I ain't skeered"

Come get some!:wink:

Rick Hamilton
04-08-2013, 02:40 PM
Mid-Atlantic Specific:

Cool Smoke
PA Midnight Smokers
Jacked Up
Lo'N'Slow
Chix Swine & Bovine
Cool Smoke
Gone Hoggin
Checkered Pig
Dizzy Pig
Black Cat

*Notable Mention: Cool Smoke


If your not on the list, sorry, no disrespect intended. Been down south so much, I probably forgot, but I'm sure you'll remind me soon


Dan. Now you went and hurt my feelings. :-P However I can't disagree with your list.

Lake Dogs
04-08-2013, 02:46 PM
Uhhhh, I think you guys may be missing the point here. He wants a list of the best (as identified by other teams) so they can be invited to an all-star event. Pretty much the opposite of avoiding competition.

Yeah Ronnie Wade should be there. Excellent cook.

Ahhhh, then he definitely wants Melissa and Pete, of Yazoo's Delta Q.

When ole Melissa is on, man she's ON.

Lake Dogs
04-08-2013, 02:53 PM
^^^ Couldn’t agree more. You wanna be the man, then you have to beat the man (or team).


ABSOLUTELY. It's been a few months back, but the last time I competed I tied for 4th. I was very happy, but more happy that there were 3 previous MiM GC's (including Mister Mixon himself) behind me... And it was in an MBN event; including the on-site which everyone who hasn't done it thinks it's "rigged" for the big kahunas. I happen to disagree...

I seem to find a way to come in right behind Dixie Q and Lonnie of Bubba Grills every dawg-gonned time... Sick-a-frickin sas-a-frassen sommmma *****!

I mean, if you're gonna compete, the **** it, COMPETE! :-D

Jacked UP BBQ
04-08-2013, 04:27 PM
A few teams in my region
I agree with 3eyz list (especially since we are on it)
lakeside smokers (retired)
3eyz
chix swine and bovine
pa midnight
lo n slo
Q haven
smokopolis
gone hoggin
good smoke
hart attack
many more, but I wont continue because the list goes on.

Uncle Buck
04-08-2013, 04:37 PM
3 Eyz
Cool Smoke

I would 2nd that and add 4:20Q!

Pappy Q
04-08-2013, 05:45 PM
Moonswiners

Rooter-Tooter BBQ
04-08-2013, 06:25 PM
Competing Mainly in Ky, Southern IN, Tenn these teams are consistently winning or in the top 5 almost every time

Warren Co Pork Choppers
Moonswiners
Eat Mor Butt
Bourbon Barrel
Pappy Q
Do Rag Q

Since I am Posting this Rooter-Tooter BBQ, lol. But I haven't won a thing. Lol

Southern Krunk BBQ Societ
04-08-2013, 06:59 PM
Man, really appreciate everyone's input. This isn't meant to imply that anyone doesn't way to compete against the best. I prefer that as well. I have been asked by someone here to help create a competition that is unique and would draw bbq spectators from outside our state. A tough charge in some respects. He is willing to put the money in, and wants something of a "best of the best" comp, which is why I posted what I did.

Either way, great to hear from other regions who is considered the top gun at anytime. Great BBQ discourse. SKBS

nucornhusker
04-08-2013, 07:11 PM
Parrothead Smokers is hot now too. Early #1 in KCBS TOY standings, two GC's and a Sam's GC.

Q-Dat
04-08-2013, 09:05 PM
That would be the ones who have no respect for other teams, the organizer, or the competition in general. For some reason, they decided to show up and make those around them miserable.

A couple of people immediately came to mind.

gettinbasted
04-08-2013, 10:00 PM
What the heck, I'll bite. The Missouri perspective.

True bud
Shake and Bake
Smoking Hills
Gilly's
Butcher
Munchin Hogs
Caveman
Blazing Blue
Hog Tide
Parrothead

BBQchef33
04-08-2013, 11:08 PM
That would be the ones who have no respect for other teams, the organizer, or the competition in general. For some reason, they decided to show up and make those around them miserable.

:clap::clap:

That right there is the triple threat. I'll cook against anyone, but when the ignoramus is out, I'd rather be home sitting poolside. Those guys just make it hard on everyone.

CivilWarBBQ
04-09-2013, 12:43 AM
I seem to find a way to come in right behind Dixie Q and Lonnie of Bubba Grills every dawg-gonned time...

Excellent point Hance.

Lonnie is a skilled cook and spectacular showman who somehow is regularly overlooked despite the long history of success he has had with MIM/MBN. I'm surprised he hasn't become a fixture on the TV barbecue shows as he would be great for it.

-GF

K-Train
04-09-2013, 09:01 AM
Mid-Atlantic Specific:

Cool Smoke
PA Midnight Smokers
Jacked Up
Lo'N'Slow
Chix Swine & Bovine
Cool Smoke
Gone Hoggin
Checkered Pig
Dizzy Pig
Black Cat

*Notable Mention: Cool Smoke

If your not on the list, sorry, no disrespect intended. Been down south so much, I probably forgot, but I'm sure you'll remind me soon :-P
I agree, and would add 4:20

deez butts
04-09-2013, 11:04 AM
New England area I'd have to say:

Heart Attack (IQUE)
Lakeside Smokers (Retired -- Yay...um I mean Booo)
Smokin Hoggz
3 Eyz
ZBQ
Yabba Dabba Que
Fatback Joe
Mighty Swine Dining
Meat@Slims (Meat@Slims)
I Smell Smoke

Sorry if I forgot anyone else who regularly kills us but he asked for 10. :-D

Slamdunkpro
04-09-2013, 11:06 AM
Just trying to generate a little bbq discussion. Also, may be trying work with someone
in Hot Springs to do an "all star" bbq event, but kinda hard to name who those teams would be (and no SKBS is not in that league, but we are working on it :becky:)


In MBN/MIM (no particular order):


Ten Bones
Jack's Old South
Yazoo Delta Q
Ranucci's

KCBS teams that win consistently across regions



Cool Smoke
PA Midnite Smokers
Tippy
3 Eyz
Chix Swine & Bovine
Butcher
Hart Attack

Carnivorous Endeavors BBQ
04-09-2013, 11:13 AM
From the IBCA/Texas cooks:
Ronny & Michelle Wade
Danny Christian
Don & Jan Canterbury
Angie & Gene Pruett
Brad & Mary Caraway

KCBS...too many for just top 10 but a few come to mind
Quau
Cool Smoke
3 Eyez
Chix Swine Bovine
LottaBull
Munchin Hogs at the Hilton
ParrotHead Smokers
Pellet Envy
Smokin Triggers

MBN
Yazoo's Delta Q
Jack's Old South

Kit R
04-09-2013, 03:00 PM
Mid-Atlantic Specific:

Cool Smoke
PA Midnight Smokers
Jacked Up
Lo'N'Slow
Chix Swine & Bovine
Cool Smoke
Gone Hoggin
Checkered Pig
Dizzy Pig
Black Cat

*Notable Mention: Cool Smoke

If your not on the list, sorry, no disrespect intended. Been down south so much, I probably forgot, but I'm sure you'll remind me soon :-P

That about covers it. Wow, Cool Smoke is both on the top 10 list AND Notable Mention.

Kit R
04-09-2013, 03:02 PM
That about covers it. Wow, Cool Smoke is both on the top 10 list AND Notable Mention.

Actually on the top 10 list TWICE. Probably not by accident.

ique
04-09-2013, 03:10 PM
That about covers it. Wow, Cool Smoke is both on the top 10 list AND Notable Mention.

Cool Smoke is on that Top 10 list TWICE and a notable mention!

The team that would be at the top of my list is Darren of Smokey D's. I've seen him win a ridiculous number of first place awards at the Royal. And, cook all over the country on different smokers and win more consistently than any other team (an opinion). Darren and Sherry may not cook quite as much as some of the top teams but as someone who has followed KCBS results for many years - they seem to be the most consistent winner to me.

djqualls
04-09-2013, 05:21 PM
Don't count out:
Buffalo's
Little Pig Town
JP Customsmoke
Gatweay Drum Smokers
Whiskey Pit BBQ
Big Poppa's

Rub
04-10-2013, 12:14 PM
Not a whole lot of FBA guys post here but I will. First like others have posted cooking against the best is the only way to go. It's tough to improve if you're never challenged. That said there is constant challenge down here in the southeast. In no particular order I know that any of the following teams can win GC:
Big Papa's Country Kitchen
Budmeisters
Wooley Bully
Hot Wachulas
Git-R-Smoked
Unknown BBQ
Everglades
Sweet Smoke Q
JOS
BubBaQ
B&T Cook Team
Whiskey Bent
and so on and so on. Lots of quality teams down here.

Dan - 3eyzbbq
04-10-2013, 01:01 PM
Cool Smoke is on that Top 10 list TWICE and a notable mention!



No accident. And you would be on that list (maybe more than once too) if you were in the Mid-Atlantic.

ique
04-10-2013, 03:08 PM
No accident. And you would be on that list (maybe more than once too) if you were in the Mid-Atlantic.

I figured. Waiting patiently for Tuffys Comp Class.....

Ford
04-10-2013, 03:14 PM
Not a whole lot of FBA guys post here but I will. First like others have posted cooking against the best is the only way to go. It's tough to improve if you're never challenged. That said there is constant challenge down here in the southeast. In no particular order I know that any of the following teams can win GC:
Big Papa's Country Kitchen
Budmeisters
Wooley Bully
Hot Wachulas
Git-R-Smoked
Unknown BBQ
Everglades
Sweet Smoke Q
JOS
BubBaQ
B&T Cook Team
Whiskey Bent
and so on and so on. Lots of quality teams down here.
I'd put swamp boys at the top of this list. Right now hot wachulas is probably tied with you. If Garrett cooks pork sweet smoke is pretty hot. I've cooked around the country and would put these guys up against the kcbs boys.

If competing in Texas all bets are off. Flavor profile is sure different there. Hard to go against the Ronnie Wade.

Kcbs right now don't forget IAB30. They're on a roll.

Slamdunkpro
04-10-2013, 03:55 PM
I figured. Waiting patiently for Tuffys Comp Class.....
You and me both.

jelser
04-10-2013, 03:59 PM
I'd put swamp boys at the top of this list. Right now hot wachulas is probably tied with you. If Garrett cooks pork sweet smoke is pretty hot. I've cooked around the country and would put these guys up against the kcbs boys.

Ford, I'll agree with you on that. Swamp Boys is at the top of the list down here in the southeast, probably the nation. As for Garrett cooking pork...he did learn that from me...lol:-D

Capn Kev
04-10-2013, 06:58 PM
From the Rocky Mountain region, or teams that cook out here consistently:

Parrothead
Smokin' Triggers
Flyboy BBQ
Burnin' Bobs Butts & Bones
4 Legs Up
Buffalo's BBQ

BasicPatrick
04-11-2013, 12:09 AM
Although I have a boat load of respect for many of the teams that regularly cook in the NEBS area, there are three specific elite teams that I strive to emulate. When I get good I want to cook like...

Lakeside Smokers
Smokin Hoggz
Hart Attack (iQue)

I give the same elite respect status to the occasional NEBS visit from 3 Eyz. I can only explain my respect for Dan & crew by stating that one of my proudest moments of 2012 was winning Chicken at Harvard MA and knowing that for just that one category we beat 3 Eyz...mucho respect for their dominance

Saw Bones
04-11-2013, 11:19 AM
I agree Lake Dog, I prefer to compete against tough teams. It's good to know how your scores compare to theirs and we've learned a lot from that.