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Jeff_in_KC
10-24-2006, 08:37 AM
Some of us are now in the off-season for competitive BBQ. Last year, I kept really busy with BBQ related stuff such as doing our Web site, going to a CBJ class, attending the KCBS Awards Banquet and ordering my smoker among other things. What types of BBQ stuff, if any, do you do to prepare for next spring?

This off-season, I plan to re-do our Web site, attend the rules meeting, attend the awards banquet, have my wife attend a CBJ class, take inventory of equipment and evaluate what worked well, what was junk and what I might need to purchase before April. I also plan to experiment with a new chicken rub and try to find something that works well.

SP
10-24-2006, 09:19 AM
Im working on my new smoker which should be finished soon. Then I will do alot of cooks to dial it in to how I cook. Ill work on new sauced and rubs. I cook for Chief games, Super Bowl etc. Im thinking about a web site so I can share my 3 sentences of BBQ knowledge. My wife and I are expecting are second in the begining of April so my season may start a little late this year. I hope I wont miss Osage but we'll see.

Roo-B-Q'N
10-24-2006, 09:28 AM
As next year will be our inagural year for competing, Char and I are going to focus on our sauces, rubs, and techniques. On top of that we will be practicing several times throughout the winter months. We also need to go over the several helpful checklists and ensure we have everything we need.
Then we will start looking over competions to see which ones we will do and more importantly which one we cut our teeth on. We had hoped to hook up with a mentor team this year work with them, but that did not happen. If it doesn't happen early next season our first comp will be nerve racking.
So after thinking this through we are going to be fairly busy.

cmcadams
10-24-2006, 09:30 AM
First, after last weekend, we'll be doing a lot of crying. Once that's done, we're going to be taking a cooking class finally somewhere, probably Dr BBQ's if he's doing any within a reasonable distance.

We'll keep trying to better what we're doing, and I think my teammate and his wife are going to get their CBJs. My wife and I have discussed finding an early season event down south to judge as an excuse for a trip.

Other than that, we're working on getting our catering area up to speed to get licensed to do more than personal chef stuff, and we'll be supplying probably 2 burger joints with pulled pork on an at least monthly basis.

Equipment-wise, we've already begun paring things down to what we really need, but we want to add some things for hot weather like powerful fans and some sort of misting device. We're also going to make up a sink with counter and steel legs to use at comps, and we want to upgrade some of our equipment. We're going to work on the smoker to further tweak it by adding oven roping around the door and potentially insulation in the walls, and a stoker unit. I have a thermo from Jay, and I will likely buy 2 more and have them mounted at different levels on the door of the smoker.

And I'm going to relax and enjoy the fact that we actually did get walkups this year, and we had a LOT of fun!

Smoker
10-24-2006, 10:37 AM
I drive to Willie B's

Bigmista
10-24-2006, 10:47 AM
Off-season? I'm sorry, I don't understand. Barbecue has no season, especially in Southern California.

BBQ_MAFIA
10-24-2006, 10:54 AM
There may be an off season for Comps but not for eating. So for me,
I will cook whenever I can and when I can't, I reheat the stuff in the freezer.

MoKanMeathead
10-24-2006, 11:32 AM
Re-building my margarita machine - faster, stronger, better. :twisted:

HoDeDo
10-24-2006, 11:55 AM
Well planning for next season is in full swing... And Mista is right.... it's just comp season that is over.... not BBQ season :o)

I'll also try some new recipes out, update our site, set out on a sponsor quest for next year, etc....

HoDeDo
10-24-2006, 11:55 AM
Did I mention drink lots of toasts and enjoy some holiday cheer?

SP
10-24-2006, 11:57 AM
Get one of those eveloution disposal that I've seen on TV where the throw a pineapple top and rib bones in it. If you have the disposal kind of margirita machines Wayne.

spicewine
10-24-2006, 12:19 PM
We will do periodic practice runs and try to fine tune a few areas that could be better. We will review all of the comp scores from last season and decide which contests that we want to attend. We will have the cooker doors sandblasted, repainted and doors adjusted and basic tooling up for next season.

ique
10-24-2006, 12:26 PM
I'm thinking about selling my Backwoods and trailer and buying a Horizon pit. And then of course practicing all winter on the new pit. I need a new toy!

Solidkick
10-24-2006, 12:34 PM
Well....competition season may be over for us midwesterners....but I'll still be cooking, it fact, I'm having withdrawals now, been thinking of firing up the 'dera this weekend.

Ique wrote:

I'm thinking about selling my Backwoods and trailer and buying a Horizon pit. And then of course practicing all winter on the new pit. I need a new toy!


Just step on up to a Geer pit, buddy.......you can handle cooking on it just fine!

ique
10-24-2006, 12:38 PM
Just step on up to a Geer pit, buddy.......you can handle cooking on it just fine!

You have one for sale? I read a few places he wasnt building them anymore.

SinginBob
10-24-2006, 12:40 PM
I stare out the window and wait for Spring...

Rub
10-24-2006, 12:49 PM
No offseason here.

Neal
10-24-2006, 01:15 PM
I'll be working on my website too. I finished up the basic design a few weeks back and I'm fine-tuning and adding stuff now.

I'm debating on buying a Guru and trying to figure out how it would change my cooking practices. My Dad up in Nebraska has also been talkin himself into and out of building a newer, better cooker (same design as my current one, with just a few modifications). He doesn't have a winter project yet, so maybe this could be it. If so - I'll be trying to figure that out before the first contest here in March.

Dustaway
10-24-2006, 01:35 PM
Off Season,

Why don't you guys come on down to Texas and relax with us :biggrin: this is our busy season from September through June a cook off every weekend if you wanted too :lol: July and August are killers definitely need the big fans.

Hey Curt check out northern tool & supply on the web they have some good fans?

Paola Greg
10-24-2006, 01:44 PM
My off season may not start untill after the weekend of Nov 10th,,,,,not sure yet,,,,,,,

BrooklynQ
10-24-2006, 01:49 PM
There's an off season? I work it all year long.

Sledneck
10-24-2006, 02:18 PM
I get drunk....wait a minute i do that all year long!

Sawdustguy
10-24-2006, 03:26 PM
Outfitting and plumbing our new bright red battlewagon and practice cooking on our Spicewine as much as possible.

chad
10-24-2006, 03:50 PM
Like RUB said, what off-season? FBA has an event in December and then we get the KCBS event at Felda on New Years...FBA kicks off the next weekend at Sebring.

butts
10-24-2006, 04:18 PM
No off-season here either.

Maybe all of the off-season people should come do an event in the South?

DeanC
10-24-2006, 05:13 PM
Work to build up comp and vacation time for next year....

The Woodman
10-24-2006, 05:42 PM
Well, first I'm going down to Tejas to hang with my brothers from the Texas BBQ Rub site next week at Q-fest. Then, I'm gonna play my guitars alot and try to start a band. Then, I'll prolly take the pit outta the garage for Super Bowl Sunday and cook some ribs and briskets for the game. Then, no BBQ until May. Woody

Dustaway
10-24-2006, 06:15 PM
Well, first I'm going down to Tejas to hang with my brothers from the Texas BBQ Rub site next week at Q-fest. Then, I'm gonna play my guitars alot and try to start a band. Then, I'll prolly take the pit outta the garage for Super Bowl Sunday and cook some ribs and briskets for the game. Then, no BBQ until May. Woody

I wish I was going to Q-fest have out laws coming into town can't excape I'm sure Gordo, Texana & zz will take care of yall :mrgreen:

Plowboy
10-24-2006, 06:35 PM
I'll be working on my new Traeger 075 to try and dial in that chicken a little better. It started coming on the second half of this year. Also need to figure out something with loin for BBQlossal in Des Moines.

I also do a lot of woodworking. And I have a basement to finish. Two toddlers need a playroom and mom & dad need their living room back.

bbqbull
10-24-2006, 07:17 PM
Ahhhhhhh deer hunting, muzzleload hunting, ice fishing and plowing snow. Plow more snow and shovel snow too. I will probably smoke a ton of jerky for my buddies if we get lucky hunting. I will be doing Q all winter long in my electric Cookshacks. Winters get kind of long here but not as as fierce as Neil gets in St. Joe Michigan. Im going to try and bake a little more this winter also.

Hawgsnheifers
10-24-2006, 08:34 PM
We'll since I only went to one comp last year to hang around Big Creek BBQ, I really can't say this is the off season cause I really have not had one, I guess. I did get my WSM and did butts over a brisket flat, so I guess I can run that OK now. Man those WSM are awsome on an overnight cook when using the minuon method. Set that puppy at 9PM, got her up to temp, loaded the meat and checked the remote therm a couple of times in the night when I got up to pee and she stayed between 210 and 230 until 10 am or so the next day. Talk about easy to use.

Took the whole flat, uncut and frozen, some ribs and some pulled pork to my sisters house in Fort Worth Texas the first of the month on vacation. We heated it up in her oven and between her, my brother in-law, my niece and her fiance, all I got was "this BBQ is better than anything we have ever tasted in Texas. Didn't expect that. So I guess I'm now hooked and plan on my contest debue in 07.

Hey Jeff, if you know what contests your going to next year, let me know so I can try to hit some of the same. I'm lookin for a cheap camper cause the PB won't do a tent. So now I have to remember all the stuff that Jeff had at his site and start collecting. Oh what fun it's going in 07...

MilitantSquatter
10-24-2006, 08:48 PM
Last winter, I kept busy with lots of planning and purchasing and practicing to get ready for year 1. Very little to do this winter as we've got things under control... Essential and unneeded equipment is in place and we found our "go to" recipes that gave us success that we will stick with or make modest adjustments to as needed.

I plan to spend the winter cooking in the yard just for the fun of it, browsing websites for BBQ equipment I can't afford or need, and hangin' with the local LIFO's when possible.... when I'm not here..

Jeff_in_KC
10-24-2006, 10:18 PM
Hey Jeff, if you know what contests your going to next year, let me know so I can try to hit some of the same. I'm lookin for a cheap camper cause the PB won't do a tent. So now I have to remember all the stuff that Jeff had at his site and start collecting. Oh what fun it's going in 07...

OK Todd a couple of things here... first off, who needs a tent when you have a nice canopy to sleep under the stars? LOL! If the PB won't do a tent, suggest a nice comfy cot out in the open in front of everyone else! LOL!

Second, if you're going to try to remember all the stuff we carry, you're bound to need a farking semi trailer to haul it all in!!! I have to be very organized at comps or I'm lost. Hell, I have to be organized doing ANYTHING or I lose it! Follow our organizational skills but don't carry all the chit we carry! It's a farkin' pain in the arse!

Barring something unexpected, Osage City is a definite "to do" contest for us next April. You're welcome to come on down if you aren't competing by then.

homebbq
10-25-2006, 06:31 PM
Come on down to Florida and do a contest or 2... We don't stop down here..

Jeff_in_KC
10-25-2006, 09:16 PM
Don't know how you do it, Kevin! On one hand, I miss being out there already but on the other, I'm quite ready for a break!

ThomEmery
10-25-2006, 10:53 PM
Off-season? I'm sorry, I don't understand. Barbecue has no season, especially in Southern California.

AMEN SO CAL Bro

homebbq
10-26-2006, 05:47 AM
Don't know how you do it, Kevin! On one hand, I miss being out there already but on the other, I'm quite ready for a break!

I understand about needing a break Jeff.. After every contest, I say I need a break, then about Tuesday I am ready to go again. We do get a week or 2 break every once in awhile, and I enjoy them, but I sure could not sit for months without doing this...