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tumpedover
12-04-2006, 09:58 PM
Just thought I'd see if I could get any bites on this one.
Since I've only entered local and Limited comps. I was just wondering y'all had a few words of wisdom.... I would like to begin to explore a little deeper the wonderful world of competition Barbecue.... Your best advice would be........ ?
John

SmokeInDaEye
12-04-2006, 10:40 PM
The "roadmap" in our comp section is a great place to learn lessons from folks who have been there and done that (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13677).

Rub
12-05-2006, 10:31 AM
Hook up with an established team and offer to wash their dishes and be their do-boy for a few contests in exchange for the opportunity to learn. That will give you a start.

Nitrofly
12-05-2006, 10:43 AM
Hook up with an established team and offer to wash their dishes and be their do-boy for a few contests in exchange for the opportunity to learn. That will give you a start.


Great idea also take a Judging class will help in many ways.

Bigmista
12-05-2006, 12:03 PM
Mark your boxes and bribe judges. :lol:

Seriously, just keep practicing and go to sanctioned contests. Except for giving you a piece of meat, most teams will share everything they have if you need and all are willing to talk BBQ with you. They will give you ideas and suggestions. Just don't be presumptuous enough to ask for their recipes.

we'll smoke u
12-05-2006, 04:24 PM
I jumped in with both feet and of course sank, no just kidding I didn't sink.LOL
Like Bigmista said, you will be surprised at how much people will help you out with things. All the sugestion here are good you just have to do what you think works for you. If you want to talk let me know I would be glad to.

ihbobry
12-05-2006, 05:26 PM
Opposite of asking I have found just lurking on this and a few other boards very helpful. A lot of stuff is just slipped into the posted comments.

Just follow the old rule: The louder someone says it the less you need to hear it.

tumpedover
12-05-2006, 06:31 PM
Thanks for the advice.....Any teams in the Atlanta area interested in a tag along?? I make an awesom Mexican Breakfast:biggrin:
John

Bigmista
12-05-2006, 06:33 PM
Where is nmayeaux? He's somewhere in Georgia, I think.

BTW...I went to school at Lamar U. for a year and a half.

spicewine
12-05-2006, 08:28 PM
Keep an open mind. What you and your family think are great may not relate to the general public, Trial and error, asking, listening, adjusting (Small adjustments), trusting the Brethren for answers, relaxing and doing what you do best!!

That's it!!

Spice

Bub-Ba-Q
12-05-2006, 09:43 PM
Where about in Atl are you? I am in Jasper about 65 miles north of downtown. I have a restaurant that way and I will be doing 30 -35 events next year.

Bubba

tumpedover
12-05-2006, 09:47 PM
BigMista,, L.U. is where I went to school...notice I said went to school not graduated from:eek: Little too much beer drinkin and not enough school:icon_clown
John

tumpedover
12-05-2006, 09:48 PM
Where about in Atl are you? I am in Jasper about 65 miles north of downtown. I have a restaurant that way and I will be doing 30 -35 events next year.

Bubba
Bubba- I'm in East Atlanta close to 20@Moreland Ave. I'd love to get together and see How ya do it !!
John

Bigmista
12-05-2006, 10:43 PM
BigMista,, L.U. is where I went to school...notice I said went to school not graduated from:eek: Little too much beer drinkin and not enough school:icon_clown
John

John,

Did you notice I said the same thing?

tumpedover
12-06-2006, 08:54 AM
Hmmmm.... Bigmista...I wonder if L.U. Might have a reputation for that or somthin'.....Naw surely not :wink:
John

Sawdustguy
12-06-2006, 09:16 AM
From my own personal experience my recomendations would be as follows:

1. Read as much as you can about contests, and that includes this forum. Lots of guys will help you.

2. Give it a try. Cook a contest. You will be surprised how much you will learn by being a sponge. At a contest more experienced teams are a fountain of information, soak up as much as you can and thank them for the info.

3. Don't expect to win right away. Like everything else it takes patience.

4. Be pepaired to have a hell of a good time.

big blue bbq
12-06-2006, 09:54 AM
I also am just starting out and looking at my first contest in April 2007. I would be thrilled to learn from you and watch what it is going to be like.
larry

cmcadams
12-06-2006, 11:42 AM
I've tried to talk on my blog about starting in comps, from the viewpoint of a newbie instead of an expert giving advice down to the neophytes. I've only done 5 comps, and the first one we went to completely cold.

I hadn't done a whole lot of reading yet, though I'd done some. I just wasn't on a site that had a lot of people that competed. We went to our first comp before ever visiting or anything. We now try to hold a spot for someone new that wants to tag along to see if they like comps or not without having to jump in. That said, I'm glad we just jumped in. Though other teams have done better in their first 5 comps, a lot of that is due to a lot more prep before their first comp. We went to the first one to learn, and tried to soak up everything we could. We still do that, and we're starting to have some small success. We at least now have a slight clue as to what we're doing, where we didn't really the first time, though we didn't embarrass ourselves, either.

There are several routes you can take to competing. If you're nervous about it, find a team to apprentice with. You can also judge first, to get an idea of what's being turned in, and talk to the teams the night before. Most teams are more than happy to show off a bit and give you some ideas. Some have their secrets, others don't keep anything secret. All have been willing to talk, though... Just not during turn in time! I for one become a bit of a jerk during that time, and I can admit that... luckily my team and my wife love me and tolerate it!

chad
12-06-2006, 11:52 AM
I'd take the offer to hang with Bubba...he cooks some great stuff and competes well and often.

Read up, go several contests...different types of contest are held in GA...lot's of hog specific MIM type, KCBS, and even the FBA does a few in GA. Then there's the NBBQA Open and Invitational in Douglas...the Big Pig Jig...etc.

3970010
12-06-2006, 04:00 PM
I've tried to talk on my blog about starting in comps, from the viewpoint of a newbie instead of an expert giving advice down to the neophytes. I've only done 5 comps, and the first one we went to completely cold.

I hadn't done a whole lot of reading yet, though I'd done some. I just wasn't on a site that had a lot of people that competed. We went to our first comp before ever visiting or anything. We now try to hold a spot for someone new that wants to tag along to see if they like comps or not without having to jump in. That said, I'm glad we just jumped in. Though other teams have done better in their first 5 comps, a lot of that is due to a lot more prep before their first comp. We went to the first one to learn, and tried to soak up everything we could. We still do that, and we're starting to have some small success. We at least now have a slight clue as to what we're doing, where we didn't really the first time, though we didn't embarrass ourselves, either.

There are several routes you can take to competing. If you're nervous about it, find a team to apprentice with. You can also judge first, to get an idea of what's being turned in, and talk to the teams the night before. Most teams are more than happy to show off a bit and give you some ideas. Some have their secrets, others don't keep anything secret. All have been willing to talk, though... Just not during turn in time! I for one become a bit of a jerk during that time, and I can admit that... luckily my team and my wife love me and tolerate it!

From the pictures of your new website it looks like you could teach me a thing or two about brisket. That is some mighty fine looking brisket there sir.

cmcadams
12-06-2006, 04:06 PM
From the pictures of your new website it looks like you could teach me a thing or two about brisket. That is some mighty fine looking brisket there sir.

Thanks... I'm pretty happy with it, though we need to consistently score better. That's something else to learn... Judges are people, and you won't always get the same results from what you think is the same product. But it's all part of the game... You pays your money, you takes your chances!

3970010
12-06-2006, 04:54 PM
Thanks... I'm pretty happy with it, though we need to consistently score better. That's something else to learn... Judges are people, and you won't always get the same results from what you think is the same product. But it's all part of the game... You pays your money, you takes your chances!

Your blog wont work for me.

nmayeux
12-06-2006, 05:30 PM
John,
Bubba will give you a lot of insight into comps, as well as the few of us around town who will be competing next year. I only plan to do five comps next year as I am not independently wealthy. :) Just make the decision to do it, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Oh, also look up some of Jeff's posts as he has probably asked every question known to man! ;)

Bigmista
12-06-2006, 05:35 PM
John,
Bubba will give you a lot of insight into comps, as well as the few of us around town who will be competing next year. I only plan to do five comps next year as I am not independently wealthy. :) Just make the decision to do it, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Oh, also look up some of Jeff's posts as he has probably asked every question known to man! ;)

Probably? :eek:

tumpedover
12-06-2006, 07:53 PM
It all sounds great....THanks to all for the advice and... To those that don't mind I'll prolly be givin' ya shout from time to time....Not real sure I want to get too deep I'd just more like to have a little fun and meet some more great people..no greater than in Barbecue.

The_Kapn
12-06-2006, 08:24 PM
It all sounds great....THanks to all for the advice and... To those that don't mind I'll prolly be givin' ya shout from time to time....Not real sure I want to get too deep I'd just more like to have a little fun and meet some more great people..no greater than in Barbecue.

John,
All of the advice given above is good.
Plus, the historical threads should point you in the right direction.
The only advice left is:
"Get a credit card with a high limit" :lol:

Welcome to the DARK and EXPENSIVE side :lol:

TIM

Jeff_in_KC
12-06-2006, 09:11 PM
Oh, also look up some of Jeff's posts as he has probably asked every question known to man! ;)

Probably? :eek:

OK, OK, ya farkers! :wink: But at least I knew WHERE to go get good answers, right? And I think I've learned pretty well too! :lol:

cmcadams
12-06-2006, 09:45 PM
Your blog wont work for me.

Try it again; I fixed the link.