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Pooky
09-03-2013, 10:22 PM
Hello!

My name is Tom Pook (Hence the nickname Pooky - Not a 'pet name' in this case!), from the South coast of England.

I first tasted American BBQ many years ago when living in London, where there was a small chain of restaurants there serving ribs, pulled pork etc. - It was pretty good, however, it was only on visiting the US that I first tasted REAL BBQ - Wow - It blew my mind!

Luckily, in recent years, BBQ has grown in popularity over here and by chance, a top man named John opened a place not far from me - He lived in Texas for many years and got the BBQ bug whilst there. His food is awesome! From a chance reply to a post on the British BBQ Society forum, I ended up travelling with him to the Tony Stone Low & Slow Comp, a KCBS sanctioned event in the Netherlands, as a member of his team - My eyes were opened to the world of competitive BBQ - I loved the camaraderie and the friendly, yet serious competition

So, I finally got myself a ProQ Excel 20 smoker at the beginning of this year and have had loads of fun learning how to use it (not to mention lots of fun eating what I've cooked!!)

I've formed a team with one of my oldest friends (another keen cook/eater) and we're planning on competing in the UK 2014 season - Hopefully it'll go well and we can come over to your side of the pond in the not to distant future, to compete over there!

Anyway, I'm really pleased to be a new member of the biggest and best BBQ forum on the web and to have access to the knowledge-base that you guys have.

Sorry for the long intro - Thanks for reading!

cowgirl
09-03-2013, 10:43 PM
Welcome to the forum!

Patrologia
09-04-2013, 01:12 AM
Hello, from another newcomer. Glad you are helping to spread the art outside our American borders. Go tell my relatives in Germany!

bluetang
09-04-2013, 08:37 AM
Welcome, come on in, take your shoes off and sit a spell.

Phubar
09-04-2013, 08:51 AM
Who did you came with?
Did I shake your hand at Tony Stone?
Which team were you with...Hammers and Tongs,Penguins,Miss Piggy's?
My team won that comp...Lowland Smokers.
You should come to Grillstock,Bristol next year (non sanctioned).....very cool and maybe DrBBQ is gonna be there again like the last 2 years.

Welkom from across The Canal!

PaPaQ
09-04-2013, 10:08 AM
Welcome

Pooky
09-04-2013, 12:29 PM
Thanks folks - Nice to be here!

Hey Phubar - It was the 2012 comp I was at in Zaandam - Helping out John of Bar-B-Q-Shack UK - You guys were at that one too right? I'm sure we must've met at some point over the weekend - I think your cook area was near ours. Definitely want to do Grillstock and hopefully the TSLS 2014 if we can get the time!

HAndyman
09-04-2013, 12:33 PM
Welcome from CA, good luck in the Comps.

sliding_billy
09-04-2013, 03:12 PM
Greetings from North Texas.

LMAJ
09-04-2013, 08:09 PM
Welcome to the party!

IamMadMan
09-05-2013, 12:36 AM
Welcome Tom.... Hope to see you in the Q-Talk forum soon..

Phubar
09-05-2013, 08:56 AM
Thanks folks - Nice to be here!

Hey Phubar - It was the 2012 comp I was at in Zaandam - Helping out John of Bar-B-Q-Shack UK - You guys were at that one too right? I'm sure we must've met at some point over the weekend - I think your cook area was near ours. Definitely want to do Grillstock and hopefully the TSLS 2014 if we can get the time!

Ok cool.
Byron Chism (Bad Byron's Butt rub) won in 2012...we we're 3rd with brisket.
A'ight...any Phriend of John Hargate is a Phriend of mine!
Send him my regards (Herby from The Netherlands).
Have Phun here!:thumb:

2012


http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv96/phubar/Tony%20Stone%20BBQ%20Comp%202012/IMG_0081.jpg

Pooky
09-05-2013, 10:08 AM
Haha - I remember you!

I must be either in the back of that truck or just out of shot.

I'm seeing him Saturday at Meatopia UK - Will pass on your regards!