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Unfathomable Bastid
05-10-2013, 09:43 AM
Hey Brethren,

I'm ready to step up my game this Summer through competition. Was wondering if there is a thread somewhere that walks me through some of the basic strategy of competition, and can help me navigate the process. I'm in Michigan (Detroit area). Among the things I'd be interested in is:

- Equipment
- Useful Accessories
- Schedules/Timing
- Prep Strategy
- Box Creation

Not looking to steal anyone's secrets. I can cook my own competition Q. But the logistical side of competition seems to be a learning process I'm trying to cut down on.

Any help is hugely appreciated!

-Bastid

columbia1
05-10-2013, 09:58 AM
The best, and quickest way to learn those aspects would to be hooking up with another team as a "pit-bitc$" for one full competition. Nothing beats hands on experience. Be prepared to run errands, wash dishes, and what every else needs to get done.(bring beer)

Ford
05-10-2013, 10:05 AM
Great Lakes BBQ association. Event next weekend I think in eagle lake. Go out and look and talk to people.

Stoke&Smoke
05-10-2013, 10:14 AM
Start here grasshopper http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13677

Seriously. Just about all you need to know is right here on this site.

Unfathomable Bastid
05-10-2013, 10:19 AM
Start here grasshopper http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13677

Seriously. Just about all you need to know is right here on this site.

Holy CRAP there's a lot of information in that thread! Guess I have my reading set for me tonight! Thanks Stoke for pasting that here for me. I believe that's what I'm looking for...

-Bastid

sweetracks
05-10-2013, 10:22 AM
Eagle should be a good opportunity to get your feet wet and you can get more info at that here:

http://www.glbbqa.com/

Also, If you are willing to make the trek over to the Chicago area, memorial day weekend, you could shadow the Sweet Racks & Smokin' Butts crew

Porcine Perfection
05-10-2013, 10:24 AM
I bought this book as I didn't realize the thread mentioned by stoke&smoke above.

landarc
05-10-2013, 10:59 AM
There are a few good books, Starting the Fire, as JP said, is a good one.

But, there is also going out and working with an established team, even just being a helper, it really shows you what it's all about.

K-Train
05-10-2013, 11:19 AM
I bought this book (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1890689149/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) as I didn't realize the thread mentioned by stoke&smoke above.
Good place to start

VA BBQ PIRATES
05-10-2013, 11:57 AM
This might be helpful:

http://www.bbq-pirates-va.com/bbqcompetitiontips.html

Stoke&Smoke
05-10-2013, 12:51 PM
Yep, Georges book is a good one! I have a copy I'd be willing to forward to someone.
We'll be at Westmont memorial day weekend also....we can show ya what NOT to do Bastid':mrgreen:

Mahoney86
05-10-2013, 01:23 PM
I am in the same boat, have been looking for a team to help out at at comp or charity events etc... Glad you posted this thread and thanks everyone for contributing some info for us news!

Kave Dweller
05-10-2013, 01:35 PM
You can always just sign up and do one. You figure a lot out quick, keep a notebook of what you need next time.