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tumpedover
07-22-2007, 08:10 PM
First comp in Odessa Texas....Didn't place in anything but, made the final table in Chicken and ribs.....since you don't get your scores in the IBCA it's pretty hard to tell what the judges wanted that I didn't deliver though.....I had a great time, it was lots of fun and I met a lot of great people.....the only down side was, I'm exhausted!!!:icon_sleepy My little two man team (myself and one other) has had it!! I hope to have some pics as soon as I can pull it together lg enough to post them:biggrin:
My thoughts on the meat:
Ribs were spot on, exept after trimming the were really small,meaty but small also I think presentation probably got me here.
Brisket....I think it was too tender, and I definatly need to work some more on my rub....to peppery.
Chiken ....GREAT!! I think I needed to crisp up the skin a little bit more and it will do much better....
So anyway....thanks to all who've encouraged and given tips I got thru without Dq'in and had fun to boot.....couldn't have asked for more:mrgreen:

Plowboy
07-22-2007, 08:15 PM
Awesome! Nice job.

No hablo IBCA.

Jeff_in_KC
07-22-2007, 08:36 PM
Congrats, John!

SloppyQ
07-22-2007, 08:53 PM
John, congrats on getting through the first comp. The main question is did you have a good time, the rest will eventually come.

tumpedover
07-22-2007, 08:54 PM
No hablo IBCA.

Obviously I don't either:mrgreen:
We had a great time though!

SmokeInDaEye
07-22-2007, 09:02 PM
Congrats, John! Glad you got everything done and seem to have done a good job with it. Now get some sleep.

CajunSmoker
07-23-2007, 06:04 AM
Congrats John:-D , I was wondering about how you did.

Oldbob
07-23-2007, 06:09 AM
Congrats John!! Glad ya had Fun and got the first competition behind ya!!

ZBQ
07-23-2007, 08:03 AM
First comp in Odessa Texas....Didn't place in anything but, made the final table in Chicken and ribs.....since you don't get your scores in the IBCA it's pretty hard to tell what the judges wanted that I didn't deliver though.....I had a great time, it was lots of fun and I met a lot of great people.....the only down side was, I'm exhausted!!!:icon_sleepy My little two man team (myself and one other) has had it!! I hope to have some pics as soon as I can pull it together lg enough to post them:biggrin:
My thoughts on the meat:
Ribs were spot on, exept after trimming the were really small,meaty but small also I think presentation probably got me here.
Brisket....I think it was too tender, and I definatly need to work some more on my rub....to peppery.
Chiken ....GREAT!! I think I needed to crisp up the skin a little bit more and it will do much better....
So anyway....thanks to all who've encouraged and given tips I got thru without Dq'in and had fun to boot.....couldn't have asked for more:mrgreen:

I know what ya mean!! It was just me and the BIL and his farking pansy a$$ had to go sleep at home!!!:x
Just me there from 9pm to 6 am!!:roll: DOG FARKING TIRED!! I feel ya!!

Way to go on completing your 1st comp with no DQ's John!!:eusa_clap

Post some pics after you get some rest!!

Young Gun
07-23-2007, 08:34 AM
Congrats John,
They get a little bit easier every time you do one. You find ways to save yourself time on set up and clean up. Also if you work in shifts you can get some rest.

parrothead
07-23-2007, 08:47 AM
Good for you. I remember the first comps. Boy were we tired. Since then we have pared down the stuff we take and our last one was actually our best so far as having less stuff to do. We used to take everything including the kitchen sink. When we started we started with 2 trucks and 2 trailors. We are now down to one truck and 1 trailor and this last competition we were even less cramped in the truck. We were always shot by turn in time and not looking forward to cleanup. This last comp was the first one ever that we were actually packed and ready to pull out before the awards ceremony. It felt fantastic!

Don't be afraid to try another one and maybe see if you can get an extra set of hands there.

tumpedover
07-23-2007, 12:30 PM
I'll definatley be bringing an extra hand or two next time.......I have found a few items that I could have done without, but I tried to go light on the gear.....Just like anything else the tear down and clean up is the worst.....your just ready to get to bed and you look over and, there's all your crap, dirty and LOTS OF IT!!!:eek:
Great time though I can see how this is an addicting activity! I'm already spying out my next comp......should be the end of Sept!:biggrin:

KC_Bobby
07-23-2007, 12:56 PM
I know the feeling. My brother and I recruited our dad to help out. He's kind of our technical engineer (non-food related) and runner. A 3rd set of hands (especially a clean set of hands) comes in very nice from 10:30am on the morning of turn ins.

We're also working on him to be the fundraising committee for an RV.

Roo-B-Q'N
07-23-2007, 01:00 PM
Great job, now you are hooked!


No hablo IBCA. That is funny I don't care who you are.

chromesporty
07-23-2007, 08:37 PM
Good job, John! Me savvy IBCA, and you're guess is as good as mine. Tony of Grilla's in the Pits is getting it figured out. He is improving at every contest. As for us, we just keep practicing and hoping to get better at the next one. We'll be at West this weekend. Got a new brisket to unveil this weekend. Gotta luv this comp stuff.

Chris Nickelson
07-23-2007, 09:44 PM
"Having a good time" that's the main reason for being out there.

Congrat's on first comp.

Captain Caveman
07-24-2007, 07:33 AM
Congrats, on getting the first one out of the way. Are you hooked yet?:biggrin:

Smokin Gator
07-24-2007, 07:46 AM
Congrats on the first one. Sit back and reflect and put the nuggets you garner to good use next time.

tony76248
07-25-2007, 02:36 PM
Thanks for the kudos Larry. I will give you some sound advice at West. The very first thing new teams should do is, taste the final table entries. They will tell you where you need to be. That said, remember at the last West competition, Higgenbotham got 1st, 1st, 2nd. Well at his next comp, he didn't get any calls, so it can sometimes a matter of knowing what they want in each region.

I really expect to get called in every category this weekend. Wishful thinking on my behalf....haha!!!

Jorge
07-25-2007, 02:51 PM
Thanks for the kudos Larry. I will give you some sound advice at West. The very first thing new teams should do is, taste the final table entries. They will tell you where you need to be. That said, remember at the last West competition, Higgenbotham got 1st, 1st, 2nd. Well at his next comp, he didn't get any calls, so it can sometimes a matter of knowing what they want in each region.

I really expect to get called in every category this weekend. Wishful thinking on my behalf....haha!!!

Best of luck! It should be a pretty stout field.

CajunSmoker
07-25-2007, 02:57 PM
Thanks for the kudos Larry. I will give you some sound advice at West. The very first thing new teams should do is, taste the final table entries. They will tell you where you need to be. That said, remember at the last West competition, Higgenbotham got 1st, 1st, 2nd. Well at his next comp, he didn't get any calls, so it can sometimes a matter of knowing what they want in each region.

I really expect to get called in every category this weekend. Wishful thinking on my behalf....haha!!!


Nothing wrong with positive thinking:cool:

tony76248
07-25-2007, 03:54 PM
I really need to thank DeeZ BBQ for helping me get to the next level too. It's hard to take short cuts without help.

tumpedover
07-25-2007, 11:15 PM
The very first thing new teams should do is, taste the final table entries. They will tell you where you need to be.


Because I'm a newbie to this competition thing......how do you go about tasting the entries??

tony76248
07-26-2007, 10:11 AM
After the awards ceremony, you will have the opportunity to go up and taste the entries that got called. They will normally have thrown away the chicken though. This will give you an idea of what competition food should taste like. I was surprised at what won initially, but later learned that it was pretty dang good.

DeezQ
07-26-2007, 11:18 AM
A few calls for Final Table at your first comp is something to be proud of and build on. It will get easier but you will still be tired afterwards.

Thanks Tony. Hopefully we will have a good showing this weekend. And Good Luck to everyone cooking this weekend.