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SpicemanJames
01-29-2014, 11:59 AM
I will be headed to my first IBCA cook off at Irving Elks Lodge in Irving, Tx. Feb. 21. Is anyone going to be at that one?

BBQ_MAFIA
01-29-2014, 01:14 PM
We won't be there but wanted to wish you good luck at your first comp.

Smokesignalsfromtx
01-29-2014, 01:23 PM
Doing my first comp n fw on mar 21. Might stop by and check yours out if your ok w it?

SpicemanJames
01-29-2014, 01:56 PM
I don't mind at all, part of me doing this is to meet more people and try and grow my company.:grin: I should be next to Talk Texan BBQ My team is Clifco Spice Sales. And thank you BBQ MAFIA :thumb:

Full Draw BBQ
01-29-2014, 02:20 PM
We competed at the Irving Elks Lodge for several years. It's a fun contest because it's so freaking red neck. The lodge itself is like stepping back in time with pictures of the old elk leaders on the walls. They have a dinner available, cooks breakfast, and a live band sometimes Fri night.

It's in a gravel parking lot, and it's TIGHT with the limited space, but it's a good time.

Good luck!

SpicemanJames
01-29-2014, 02:35 PM
Sounds cool. I myself have never been to a cook off at all, so this will be a learning process for me on how it all works.

MarleyMan
01-29-2014, 02:36 PM
Good luck! Have fun :thumb:

PekingPorker
01-29-2014, 02:55 PM
Good luck, above all, have a great time and know you are about to make some great friends!

sushi_tampa
01-30-2014, 07:59 AM
Good luck! 1st comp is always an experience to be had.

SpicemanJames
01-30-2014, 09:19 AM
I'll bet. Then the week after that headed to Ennis, TX to get my butt handed to me :shock:

bbq.tom
01-30-2014, 10:08 AM
GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!!!

First time is always the most stressful, but proper planning, preparation, and practice will certainly help!!! Make a checklist for EVERYTHING you think that you MIGHT need, then check it at least twice! You won't use everything, but better to have stuff that you don't need than need stuff that you don't have! You can always whittle your list down after you compete a time or three.

bruno994
01-30-2014, 11:12 AM
Good luck in your first comp! Texas comps are great, we have at least an hour sometimes two in between turn ins so it makes for a great day spent cooking and hanging with friends. Make sure after your turn ins you share some samples with your neighbors to get some feedback and also to try some other Q. But most of all have fun!

SpicemanJames
01-30-2014, 11:19 AM
I started my list last year and the closer I get the bigger the list gets. When you cook at home you have everything, and I'm just trying to think of everything I will need when we go out. I thought of asking if someone could post a list that they use to compare to my list to see if I am missing anything. I just know I'm going to get out there, find I have left something at home and be like :doh:

Squirrel Killer
01-30-2014, 11:32 AM
Good Luck. Just finished my first comp. Great time to be had and there will be many more in the future.

Smokesignalsfromtx
01-30-2014, 01:07 PM
Hey spiceman, google competition BBQ checklist. There are several sites that have them available for print. Might help you.....?

SpicemanJames
01-30-2014, 01:30 PM
Hey spiceman, google competition BBQ checklist. There are several sites that have them available for print. Might help you.....?

Thanks will do.

SpicemanJames
01-30-2014, 03:27 PM
Hey spiceman, google competition BBQ checklist. There are several sites that have them available for print. Might help you.....?

Looks like the only things I didn't have are bug spray, zip-lock bags, and tools. Not sure why I need tools other than the fact you never know what's going to happen. I didn't think of bagging up the left overs people are always willing to take BBQ off your hands, all last summer while I was training myself on this smoker I had no problems finding people to eat the stuff.

SpicemanJames
02-19-2014, 08:53 AM
Okay gathering up everything, I think we are going out tomorrow to make sure we get a good spot. I hope so see some of you guys out there, maybe give me some pointers. I still don't know the turn in times so guess I'll find out.

atcNick
02-19-2014, 12:53 PM
Good luck and get ready to have some fun!!

SpicemanJames
02-19-2014, 02:39 PM
I'll bet I will.

Suddzies
02-19-2014, 03:08 PM
Turn in times:
1:00 Chicken
2:30 Ribs
4:00 Brisket

Good Luck, this will be my first comp as well.

SpicemanJames
02-19-2014, 05:31 PM
Turn in times:
1:00 Chicken
2:30 Ribs
4:00 Brisket

Good Luck, this will be my first comp as well.

Hey thanks I have looked on the IBCA site and didn't see the times. Suddzies will you be there?

Brandon87
02-19-2014, 09:31 PM
Looks like the only things I didn't have are bug spray, zip-lock bags, and tools. Not sure why I need tools other than the fact you never know what's going to happen. I didn't think of bagging up the left overs people are always willing to take BBQ off your hands, all last summer while I was training myself on this smoker I had no problems finding people to eat the stuff.

You will figure out after your 2nd or 3rd comp that you can pack much lighter. That list is great, but make a list of only the things you use after the first couple of comps and just take those. It is easy to overpack and it can be a beating.

Suddzies
02-20-2014, 07:21 AM
Hey thanks I have looked on the IBCA site and didn't see the times. Suddzies will you be there?

Yes, I will be there, arriving Friday around noon. Dirty grey Frontier PU.

SpicemanJames
02-24-2014, 10:00 AM
I'm not sure if I met everyone from the forum that came out, but I did find a way to screw up my turn in on ribs and brisket. This week at Ennis should be better I wont be second guessing myself, and now that the first one is out of the way I know what I'm looking at now. This next one should be a lot easier :wink: