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Cack
06-25-2013, 10:40 AM
I'm flirting with the idea of doing a few local competitions next year, so looking to see what all I'd need to buy.

What are some of the MUST HAVEs for a beginner?

SDAR
06-25-2013, 10:43 AM
Beer

DBH
06-25-2013, 10:46 AM
Beer

+1 & a bottle of Milagro

Stoke&Smoke
06-25-2013, 10:46 AM
Table(s) with PVC leg extensions will save a lot of pain in your back, some kind of shelter, and a way to hold it down in a storm

cpw
06-25-2013, 10:51 AM
Check out this list for a good starting point: http://www.smokingunsbbq.com/pdf/contest_check_list_one.pdf

Cack
06-25-2013, 10:53 AM
Beer

Never a problem for me

Table(s) with PVC leg extensions will save a lot of pain in your back, some kind of shelter, and a way to hold it down in a storm

Thanks, that's very interesting. I'm 6'1 so not huge, but tall enough so every table is short.

Check out this list for a good starting point: http://www.smokingunsbbq.com/pdf/contest_check_list_one.pdf

Wow, thanks man ... I will definitely be holding on to that.

Candy Sue
06-25-2013, 10:58 AM
Thermopen

jrbBBQ
06-25-2013, 11:01 AM
My thermapen.. I don't use remote thermos, I use the thermapen to probe for doneness and give me an idea of how long the big cuts have left.

cpw
06-25-2013, 11:01 AM
Table(s) with PVC leg extensions will save a lot of pain in your back

Definitely do this. My back still gets sore sometimes even with the leg extensions (but I'm also 6'3").

Candy Sue
06-25-2013, 11:03 AM
My thermapen.. I don't use remote thermos, I use the thermapen to probe for doneness and give me an idea of how long the big cuts have left.

Spare batteries too. A23 size.

Slamdunkpro
06-25-2013, 11:04 AM
Never a problem for me



Thanks, that's very interesting. I'm 6'1 so not huge, but tall enough so every table is short.



Wow, thanks man ... I will definitely be holding on to that.
for 6'1" cut them 18 inches

fnbish
06-25-2013, 11:17 AM
for 6'1" cut them 18 inches

Well it sometimes depends on the exact model of table and how the legs sit. The 2 tables my buddy and I used to bring each had a different lengths of pvc to get them to the same height.

And that smokingguns list is a really good starting point. I'd add stuff to tie down your canopies if you are not on grass and cant stake them into the ground. We used 5 gallon buckets and filled them with water.

big matt
06-25-2013, 11:20 AM
Blues Hog and SGH.

Ron_L
06-25-2013, 11:59 AM
Smokers?
Meat?
Rubs?
Sauces?

What do I win?

Fat Freddy
06-25-2013, 12:07 PM
Foil!!!!!!!

deguerre
06-25-2013, 12:09 PM
Smokers?
Meat?
Rubs?
Sauces?

What do I win?

The consolation prize of the week!


http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2011/11/30/9004249/Big%20Papa%20Dill%20Pickle%20Lip%20Balm%20stick%20 Van%20Holtens.jpg

Cack
06-25-2013, 12:21 PM
Smokers?
Meat?
Rubs?
Sauces?

What do I win?

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110412235025/uncyclopedia/images/thumb/1/15/Capt._Obvious.jpg/180px-Capt._Obvious.jpg

Teamfour
06-25-2013, 12:24 PM
An apron - non-offensive design.

mobow
06-25-2013, 12:25 PM
A parsley box builder. Keith

Ashmont
06-25-2013, 12:32 PM
Gas!

Untraceable
06-25-2013, 12:36 PM
swisher sweets and an extra injector

Cack
06-25-2013, 12:42 PM
Gas!


I thought that's where the beer comes in? :becky:

Scottie
06-25-2013, 12:45 PM
Blues Hog and SGH.



I am assuming you just forgot to put BPS...

Lake Dogs
06-25-2013, 12:53 PM
coffee, tequila...

Early on I came dependent on power and water. Not that I wont use them if supplied, but I come prepared that if they're not dependable I still can cook, see, and clean without power/water.

Gallon jugs of water.
Gas stove (we heat our sauces)
Battery operated lights (or lanterns, or both)
Large battery operated clock (synchronized to organizers clock)

Off duty Hooters Waitresses can be fun too...

big matt
06-25-2013, 02:02 PM
I am assuming you just forgot to put BPS...

Hey hey that's a secret..yeah that too..actually 5 of them

Garrett
06-25-2013, 02:08 PM
A GOOD SITTIN CHAIR, and something you can sleep on if not in a RV.

nthole
06-25-2013, 02:32 PM
waterproof shoes. and beer.

and that's not just because the porta poties can be pretty far.

Sawdustguy
06-25-2013, 02:36 PM
Meat....It sucks to be competing at a BBQ contest and not have any meat.

Q-Dat
06-25-2013, 02:37 PM
You will need some way to hold meat that gets done early. Cambros are beat but expensive. A clean ice chest designated for holding meat will work just fine.

Also now that I have used them a couple of times, I don't think I want to compete without disposable cutting boards ever again.

midwest_kc
06-25-2013, 02:40 PM
PVC pipes for tables is probably the best thing we've done since we started competing. That, and our 4 o'clock rule.

deguerre
06-25-2013, 02:44 PM
waterproof shoes. and beer.

and that's not just because the porta poties can be pretty far.

Secrets From The Thole...

1. Piss N Boots. It's not just a children's story...

CBQ
06-25-2013, 03:10 PM
Try a practice cook at home. Put everything you think you need in a box. Take stuff out as you use it, and leave it out. Anything you are missing, get from the house and leave it out of the box.

Stuff still in the box at the end - you don't need it. Bring everything you used, and nothing else. Most new teams are so worried about forgetting something that they bring EVERYTHING. The more stuff you bring, the more stuff you have to dig through to find what you want.

After you get some experience, and refine your equipment list, get in the habit of always putting stuff in the same place for both transport and at the comp. Makes finding and putting away stuff easier, and makes it easier on you knowing everything is always there and easy to find.

CBQ
06-25-2013, 03:14 PM
PVC pipes for tables is probably the best thing we've done since we started competing. That, and our 4 o'clock rule.

Is that anything like the 9:22 shot?

midwest_kc
06-25-2013, 03:31 PM
Is that anything like the 9:22 shot?

I don't know the 9:22 shot, but that is our way of making sure we're sober enough to concentrate on our food when needed. After 4:00 (am, obv) there is no drinking until the meat you are responsible is turned in (man, I hate being the brisket cook...).

Cack
06-25-2013, 03:51 PM
Is that anything like the 9:22 shot?

I don't know the 9:22 shot, but that is our way of making sure we're sober enough to concentrate on our food when needed. After 4:00 (am, obv) there is no drinking until the meat you are responsible is turned in (man, I hate being the brisket cook...).

I would have to say that those 2 rules are completely opposites :tsk:

watg?
06-25-2013, 04:34 PM
Gold Bond.

Big Country BBQ
06-25-2013, 04:49 PM
tongs or work gloves

jmoney7269
06-25-2013, 05:11 PM
for 6'1" cut them 18 inches

I'm 6'2 and I like the 2"x24" precut pieces Home Depot sells.
Definitely the trusty thermapen

boogiesnap
06-25-2013, 05:56 PM
besides the obvious...beer, meat, yada yada yada....

a farkin canopy with walls. because yes, it WILL rain. and hard. especially if you don't have one.

J&B'sBBQ
06-25-2013, 06:30 PM
All of the above...sharpened knives, extra gloves, disposable cutting boards, extra trash bags, lots of paper towel, rain shoes, food to feed yourself over the weekend :)

wags
06-25-2013, 06:42 PM
I second the food for yourself to eat during the weekend. Nothing seems more wrong than a cooking team at a cooking contest..... Getting takeout for dinner.

JerryA
06-25-2013, 07:09 PM
After you make your checklist, make sure to check off items ONLY after they have been loaded onto your trailer/vehicle.
Before leaving, double check your list.

Eggspert
06-25-2013, 07:30 PM
A really farkin sharp brisket slicer!

Eggspert

accuseal
06-25-2013, 07:38 PM
A checklist

markG
06-25-2013, 07:39 PM
since everything has been pretty well covered, I will add in this:

A good sense of humor and be ready to have fun!

markG
06-25-2013, 07:40 PM
....well I could add Anti-Monkey Butt Powder and shower wipes!

Shady
06-25-2013, 07:51 PM
A Clock that auto sets with a second hand, a late turn in is the worst.

NRA4Life
06-25-2013, 07:51 PM
My cooking schedule/timeline and my atomic clock

Podge
06-25-2013, 08:26 PM
Pills for your Crazy.

MattCom
06-26-2013, 10:29 AM
Disposable cutting boards, cook schedule, and a wall clock...It keeps you from yelling out "How much time do we have?" while making the box.
If it's real hot and you have water, set up a mister! You'll be the envy of all who walk by.

BMerrill
06-26-2013, 12:52 PM
1) Be prepared.
2) Became a CBJ, then judge a few contest. This will give you an idea of what judges are looking for, and its not how the judging is done on BBQ Pitmasters.
3) Join up with a team as a helper. At the Apex, NC contest a fellow brethern working on his CMJ spent the weekend with us as an observer/helper and now a friend.
4) When you are ready to start competing, join up with a freind or two. My first cook was with 3 others, each cooking just one meat, walked away with a GC.
5) A few helpers aka hangarounders to run boxes, assist with loading/setup/packing/cleanup/beer run, ect.
6) As mentioned above, practice as if you are at a contest including turn-in times, box building, meat prep, etc. You can do this in your driveway or backyard.
7) Have fun.

Wager
06-26-2013, 01:59 PM
I second the food for yourself to eat during the weekend. Nothing seems more wrong than a cooking team at a cooking contest..... Getting takeout for dinner.

Yeah, I'm pretty terrible about this and ordered a pizza for delivery at a contest. I got harrassed pretty good for that.

J&B'sBBQ
06-26-2013, 02:07 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty terrible about this and ordered a pizza for delivery at a contest. I got harrassed pretty good for that.

Or getting too busy and forgetting to eat...that's not a good call either. :doh:

We usually take whatever we can throw onto the smoker quick (hotdogs, brats, fatties) and graze as we go :grin:

wags
06-26-2013, 07:47 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty terrible about this and ordered a pizza for delivery at a contest. I got harrassed pretty good for that.

Hope it was a meat lovers pizza :mrgreen:

Crash
06-27-2013, 03:16 AM
My wife. Those that know will get it...and bust my ballz.

fnbish
06-27-2013, 11:17 AM
My wife. Those that know will get it...and bust my ballz.

Then share with the rest that don't :grin:. Did you leave her at a gas station and she got pissed because you didn't come back to pick her up until the competition was over?

Cack
06-28-2013, 07:54 AM
My wife. Those that know will get it...and bust my ballz.

Then share with the rest that don't :grin:. Did you leave her at a gas station and she got pissed because you didn't come back to pick her up until the competition was over?


Agreed, you can't lead into that and leave the conversation ...

BBQchef33
06-28-2013, 12:20 PM
heres some checklists

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=71593

Crash
06-28-2013, 08:40 PM
Agreed, you can't lead into that and leave the conversation ...
She does 98% of the work. I've been reassigned to the PB role nowadays.

azwildcat
06-28-2013, 09:02 PM
Anyone who has cooked in the same comp as Crash knows that his wife is the real talent of that duo. True as it is. Bear Down brother.

...oh, and my answer is half pans, foil, and all that is disposable.