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bcis93
08-06-2006, 08:15 AM
Entered the Fiddlin’, Brewin’, Bar-B-Q’n Tennessee State BBQ Championship Cookoff this weekend. This was my first contest to compete in. My cooking buddy Jeff had only used his NB Black Diamond Smoker (my old one that I gave him) twice. I use a NB Bandera Smoker. The Backyard Division required you to cook Chicken & Ribs. We do Brisket & Ribs so we entered the Pro Division. Our plan was to just do ribs & brisket but once we got there the cookoff staff suggested we enter all four classes. I was hesitant cause I have only cooked 1 butt in my life and I have always done chicken on a grill. We decided to give it a shot anyway. There were 85 teams including some big names like “Blinddog’s Outlaw BBQ” & “Music City Pig Pals”. I expected to finish 85th. If we had a good time and learned from our experience it would be a success. That was our goal. Anything better, would exceed our expectations. Out of 85 teams we finished 54th! I am STOKED! We beat 31 teams! I can’t believe it! We finished 64th in chicken, 42nd in Ribs, 58th in Pork, & 45th in brisket. Several competitors that gave us advise with lots of experience finished below us! What a great experience! We are already thinking of ways to make our Q better. Cant wait till the next one! :-P 8-)

MrSmoker
08-06-2006, 08:30 AM
Congrats Brother you are hooked for sure now.Go for it:wink:

Sawdustguy
08-06-2006, 09:10 AM
Congratulations to you. You just set an example of what a first contest cook should be like. Your attitudes were perfect and I bet you had loads of fun. Great job!

cmcadams
08-06-2006, 09:19 AM
Sounds like a great first comp! Congrats!

Pig Headed
08-06-2006, 09:36 AM
Way to go!! Great job. Good luck with the next one, the one after that, the one after that......

The_Kapn
08-06-2006, 09:44 AM
"Cant wait till the next one!"

Way to go--sounds like a great time.
As my partner, Chad, would say--"Welcome to the Dark Side" :lol:

TIM

PimpSmoke
08-06-2006, 09:48 AM
Congrats, Soon I will be a convert. Next season hopefully!

we'll smoke u
08-06-2006, 09:49 AM
I Know That Feeling Just Keep It Going And Have Fun With It.
Congrats

BrooklynQ
08-06-2006, 09:56 AM
Congrats!

Ron_L
08-06-2006, 10:00 AM
Congrats!

Peer pressure is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

At the Racine (WI) competition there was a local team who was cooking their first competition and they were planning on cooking only chicken and ribs. By friday evening their neighbors had convinced them to cook all four meats, too. I don't remember where they placed, but I do know that they had a blast and will do it again!

2Fat
08-06-2006, 12:11 PM
Congrats!



At the Racine (WI) competition there was a local team who was cooking their first competition and they were planning on cooking only chicken and ribs. By friday evening their neighbors had convinced them to cook all four meats, too. I don't remember where they placed, but I do know that they had a blast and will do it again!
that was almost the highlite of the weekend!! there best finish was 14th in ribs--hopefully we will see them in Princeton

bbqjoe
08-06-2006, 12:21 PM
Beauty!

Jeff_in_KC
08-06-2006, 01:57 PM
Outstanding! Congrats on a successful weekend! Good luck on the next one. There are plenty of us around here to help you with that when you have questions!

MilitantSquatter
08-06-2006, 08:27 PM
Well done.... congrats on your first contest...

scottyd
08-07-2006, 07:44 AM
Great job, now get ready for the next one because they only get to be more fun. from here on out. let the blue smoke rise.

voodoobbqIL
08-07-2006, 08:13 AM
The additction has begun brother. Great showing...keep on going!

CharlieBeasley
08-07-2006, 08:22 AM
Congratulations

djmarko
08-07-2006, 10:06 AM
Nice job. Keep up the good Q.

Westexbbq
08-07-2006, 12:54 PM
Great post, a fine story to tell and thanks for the update!
Good luck next time, keep us posted.
Wes

G$
08-07-2006, 03:16 PM
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Cant wait till the next one! :-P 8-)

That is what it is all about. Glad you had a good time!

bbqbull
08-07-2006, 06:04 PM
Awesome start, dont forget to document cooking temps, times and weather.
Now your hooked for life. Congrats on your succes. Q-on friends.

Mike