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FatBoyz
10-28-2007, 08:04 AM
I have been talking with some friends "yes I do have friends" about feeling kinda burned out on BBQ and I am finding out i'm not the only one.

My question is are you feeling this and do you know why?
This is not a tread to start chit it's just a ? no right or wrong hear. Just how you feel.

In my case I think it is the economy here in Milwaukee, and we are trying to buy a house, and it was a costly comp year.

Lakeside Smoker
10-28-2007, 08:22 AM
We did 10 comps. this year. At the end of everyone of them I felt a little 'burned out'. But by the time Monday afternoon rolled around and I remember the food, the fun, the friends, I find myself counting the days until the next comp. I think that its good for us here in New England because most of us take a few months off from competing in the winter. We just did our last comp. for the season last weekend in Sayville, NY. Now its time to review and practice for next season.
So I guess if your feeling a little burned out try taking a few months off. Good luck man!

Mike

drbbq
10-28-2007, 08:28 AM
I have been talking with some friends "yes I do have friends" about feeling kinda burned out on BBQ and I am finding out i'm not the only one.

My question is are you feeling this and do you know why?
This is not a tread to start chit it's just a ? no right or wrong hear. Just how you feel.

In my case I think it is the economy here in Milwaukee, and we are trying to buy a house, and it was a costly comp year.

I thought you were new.
You're burned out already?

BTW I'm in my 26th season and I still love the thrill of a cookoff.

FatBoyz
10-28-2007, 08:34 AM
again I will say this is a friendly thread it is not for slamming or anything just do you feel burnt was it a hard year for you thats all

and yes ray we are new but we have lives outside bbq like wifes kids buisnesses to run thats all thank you for your opinion grane of salt and all

drbbq
10-28-2007, 09:01 AM
I had a business in Chicago and a family for many years and I still competed a lot.

BBQ Competition is an expensive hobby and a lot of hard work. If you truly have the fire you'll get through the burnout and find a way to do it while keeping the family happy. It's not for everybody for many reasons. Money, family and business are certainly three.

Jeff_in_KC
10-28-2007, 09:01 AM
I feel wiped out after every contest, mainly because I can't sleep. I always look forward to a week off but then once I get rested, sometimes, I've been known to sign up for an event I hadn't planned on doing. When I feel burnt out, it's usually at the end of the season. Not that I'm sick of doing contests but I welcome a few months off to relax, do things with the family and re-build the BBQ bank account. There won't be much "down time" this winter however. Besides the KCBS banquet weekend in January, there's organizing our event in Pleasant Hill for April and Kookers Kare in March.

What I'm REALLY burnt out on is eating BBQ. Outside of some pulled pork for sandwiches, chili and pork enchiladas, I doubt I'll eat much Q til spring. I always enjoy cooking it. It's the eating part that wears on me. :lol:

Kung Fu BBQ
10-28-2007, 09:26 AM
No burn out here. I view comps as "camping with purpose". It's a good get-away with the wife and the kids have fun, we yap at friends, all while cooking the food that we know so well.

FatBoyz
10-28-2007, 09:31 AM
dont get me wrong i love comp's but i find this year i am glad the comps are done in this area to much on my plate i think

Sledneck
10-28-2007, 09:33 AM
This year I competed on my own 3 times and Pit-bitched 3 times. I am definitely not burned out i just cant decide which one i like better.

FatBoyz
10-28-2007, 09:41 AM
I pit bitch 1 time this year and i found it gave me alot more drinking time

Sawdustguy
10-28-2007, 10:04 AM
We are done for the year. We finished up at Sayville. We would love to continue but we are either out of money, back in school, back to working weekends during the fall and winter or in my case the cold causes a big time problem for my bad right leg. As much as we would love to continue, we will take a break until April and practice during the winter. We want to wish everyone a safe, prosperous and happy winter and we will see you all in April.

billm
10-28-2007, 10:07 AM
I had a business in Chicago and a family for many years and I still competed a lot.

BBQ Competition is an expensive hobby and a lot of hard work. If you truly have the fire you'll get through the burnout and find a way to do it while keeping the family happy. It's not for everybody for many reasons. Money, family and business are certainly three.

i agree.but will admit ive gotten a quite bit tired of the comp scene this year myself and we had a pretty good year too. It was nice to just judge a couple so that i could still see the friends ive made on the comp circuit without all work involved in cooking in a comp
next season I plan on concentrating more on my business but will still do a couple local comps as its so much more than just cooking

I will say this...it was nice though to cook up some butts last night just for myself and family..seems like everything I cooked this past summer was for others :)

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
10-28-2007, 10:12 AM
I did 4 comps this year, my first. It has only fuled my need to bbq. I dream bbq, I think bbq and I talk bbq more then ever. I can see maybe a temporary burn out. hopefully it would pass quickly!!

Pig Headed
10-28-2007, 10:20 AM
Like Smokin' Gnome, this was our first year and we too did 4 comps. While I'm usually wiped out Saturday night, but by Monday I'm looking forward to the next one. I hope to add 2 more comps next year. I have a lot of experimenting this winter, to hopefully improve our entries. I do understand worrying about the expenses and balancing work load with the comps though. I need to find some sponsors for next year.

Paola Greg
10-28-2007, 10:35 AM
We have competed in 48 contests in the last 3 years. We hate it when the season in the Midwest comes to an end, and can't wait till March-April comes to see our friends again and to compete. Nope, no burnout here.

MrSmoker
10-28-2007, 11:34 AM
Yes I'm burned out, but not just Comps it's BBQ in general.I don't even enjoy eating BBQ anymore.

Ron_L
10-28-2007, 11:43 AM
BTW I'm in my 26th season and I still love the thrill of a cookoff.

If I had arm candy like yours to keep me company at comps I'd be thrilled, too, Ray! :rolleyes:

We only cooked two comps and I judged at too, so I'm not burned out, but i can understand how it can get tiring if you do more.

River City Smokehouse
10-28-2007, 11:45 AM
Burned Out????:eek: WTF? Maybe you should take up bug collecting or something. You haven't been at it very long have you?

No burn out here. I can't wait to get back out! Like Greg said. I hate it when the season here in the Midwest comes to an end. I keep my sanity during the winter months by BBQing at home and gettin my game on for next season.:biggrin:

KC_Bobby
10-28-2007, 12:34 PM
We did 5 comps
I pit bitched with 3 other teams once each, and
I judged once

What I'm REALLY burnt out on is eating BBQ. Outside of some pulled pork for sandwiches, chili and pork enchiladas, I doubt I'll eat much Q til spring. I always enjoy cooking it. It's the eating part that wears on me. :lol:

I feel the exact same way. I enjoy the prep (other than chicken) and the cooking. So I've been cooking for neighbors and co-workers. But yeah, I still keep a little of it. And now that I have months til the next comp, I've been making some slight tweaks here and there to see what works and what doesn't.

But, I'd really like to put in a stainless sink in my garage (I smoke right outside the garage) so I could keep my kitchen clean - and take up beer making to have something to do while the smoker's going.

Big Mike
10-28-2007, 01:26 PM
This was my first year competing and I only did 4 comps. I was very fortunate and managed to get calls in 3 of the 4 comps. It is very tiring, but when you here your name called it justifies everything. I'm done for the year here, but looking forward to next year.

smoke-n-my-i's
10-28-2007, 01:27 PM
Maybe burned out isn't the word he meant.... :biggrin:

Kinda more like, I need a short break.... :wink:

I don't do too many comps, only 2 this year. The 2nd one in Nov 9-10.

I do cook a LOT on the weekends I don't work, or during the week when I am off.... That is after I get a few days of sleep. I think the lack of sleep, and the drag arse that goes along with it has a lot to do with it.

When I am over tired, I could care less if I even look at the pits, let along cook anything. I have a hard time making a sandwich when I am like that.


When I get off work Thursday morning, that is the last of my midnight shift. I can get back to a more normal life hopefully. I was working 8-10 hour nights, with 6 days off. It would take me about 2 days to get caught back up on my sleep, then 4 days to get caught up on the honey-do's, then it was time to get back to the grind.

The passion to fire up the pit is still there, and I will be burning a lot more now that I will be getting back into my old sleeping habit. It is rough swapping back and forth sleeping days, then nights, then back again. When I am off, I will go to bed around 8pm or so, and be up by 2-3 am when everyone else is alseep..... now to be quiet so I don't wake them up.

Just my thoughts on that one.

scottyd
10-28-2007, 05:26 PM
I pit bitch 1 time this year and i found it gave me alot more drinking time

My wife and I make up our team, once in awhile my kids might show up, they are older, 24,23, and 21, 2 of them are in the Military, one in the National Guard and My daughter is in the Army. The youngest still is making up his mind. anyway.

With just the 2 of us we pit bitch together. yes it is a lot of work, we love it and would not change for anything, sure we try to do 15 comps a year but it ends up around 10. we both have full time jobs great vacation time. which we can take a day at a time (Fridays) works well. Are we tired? You bet your sweet ass we are! but it is a good tired, I have fun each and every comp. I meet someone new every time we go out and compete. What a great sport, or what ever we call it these days. I love it and so does my wife, heck I think she likes it more. I can't wait till the next comp.

Scotty D

Q Haven
10-28-2007, 08:41 PM
We did three comps in four weeks over the summer, and five in seven weeks, and for a while I felt a little burned out. But now that I look back at it, I was just physically exhausted. I was working a full time job during the day, plus I worked a ton of shifts at my part time job in addition to the competitions in that period. Once I was able to take a couple of weeks off, the fire quickly returned.

Next year I will plan my schedule a lot differently. I plan to aim for around one competition a month, with no events on consecutive weekends.

Mitch
10-28-2007, 08:55 PM
Never Burned Out! But aweful tired sometimes. My boss can always tell after a comp.

leanza
10-28-2007, 10:25 PM
end of bbq season means the beginning of hooters season!

One guy burned out in that pic. WAKE UP!

Serious side..FatBoyz was being sincere. Help him out!!

Norcoredneck
10-28-2007, 11:04 PM
Way to get over BBq burnout is go to a restaurant and have some "BBq ribs" heavy on the boiling and see how fast you want to fire up your cooker. As far as the comp circuit I struggle with the idea of giving someone money to participate, spending money on meat for someone else to eat. Then have someone tell you it's not good enough or not pretty enough. I honestly have not been in a comp myself, but watching and reading the forums it seems the best part of all comps is Friday night. I see pics of Brothers and Sisters enjoying good food, good company, good drink. Smiles all around. Then I see pics of Saturday, seems real hectic. Only smiles I see are the ones holding the winning check/trophy. I always hear about how someone was robbed, someone played favorites, lousey judges. Reminds me of the dog show circuit. I know I am not going to make friends saying this but it is how I feel. I can understand a person who has a business to want awards to bolster their sales pitch but for someone who puts a trophy on the garage shelf is another to me. I am glad people enjoy this. Hell people probably shake their head at me for driving 4 hours spend 100's of dollars to put my boat in the lake for 3/4 a day to fight the launch ramp traffic to get to clean it up , put away and drive 4 hours back. I think I personally would take a weekend of Fridays with Brothers, booze, good food! Time for another Bash.

Plowboy
10-28-2007, 11:10 PM
18 contests this year, two stretches of 5 in a row, and I'm ready to do a contest this weekend. Just needed a couple weeks off from the Royal is all. Let's go!!!

Oh wait, Plowboy's Porkapolooza is this weekend... LET'S GET SMOKIN!

CritterCook
10-29-2007, 07:18 AM
This was a long year of contests, and the last was definately draining. I'm looking forward to the winter time off. (So is my family). But when spring rolls around, I know I will be itchin' to get back out there and do it all over again.!

MrSmoker
10-29-2007, 07:41 AM
Yes I'm burned out, but not just Comps it's BBQ in general.I don't even enjoy eating BBQ anymore.

Well I quess I am not burned out after all,just bummed out because I sold my Spicewine Twins. I was asked to cook Butts & BB for some friends yesterday and thru on some BB for my family. All is good now, and I kept busy all day playing with the "Dually".

G$
10-29-2007, 08:17 AM
Well I quess I am not burned out after all,just bummed out because I sold my Spicewine Twins. I was asked to cook Butts & BB for some friends yesterday and thru on some BB for my family. All is good now, and I kept busy all day playing with the "Dually".

Glad to hear this. Still do hope to see you at Rawhide.

watg?
10-29-2007, 08:44 AM
18 contests this year, two stretches of 5 in a row, and I'm ready to do a contest this weekend. Just needed a couple weeks off from the Royal is all. Let's go!!!

Oh wait, Plowboy's Porkapolooza is this weekend... LET'S GET SMOKIN!


wow...18 in a season...thats a lot!...5 in a row....unbelievable

DawgPhan
10-29-2007, 09:21 AM
We only cooked 3 events this year and will probably only plan on doing 4 next year. Not burnt out and if my wallet would allow it I could probably cook every weekend.

Scottie
10-29-2007, 11:01 AM
18 contests this year, two stretches of 5 in a row, and I'm ready to do a contest this weekend.


I'm in the same boat. Did 25 conests this year from Houston, up to Minnesota and out to Vermont (And Lake Placid), South to Lynchburg and all points in between. I believe it was over 17,000 miles on my RV. Plus I was doing something BBQ related either classes, speaking or appearances for another 10 or so weekends. I run a foundation for cancer research, work a full time job (that pays all of my bills), raise 2 kids on my own and if I had a contest available for me, I would go and cook it this weekend. I am physically and mentally exhausted, but my dad always taught me that nothing comes easy and hard work is the way to go.

Scottie

Neal
10-29-2007, 11:16 AM
We have competed in 48 contests in the last 3 years. We hate it when the season in the Midwest comes to an end, and can't wait till March-April comes to see our friends again and to compete. Nope, no burnout here.

Hit the nail on the head, Greg...
We only did 10 contests this year (12 if you count the GAB and Royal Invtl's as separate events). I say "only" because I would do them every weekend if I could. Chris and I both have families with other interests, houses to take of and jobs that demand attention. But we love to cook contests when ever we can. Yes, it can be draining. That passes pretty quick for us.

For me, I get very dissapointed when we don't finish well in a contest. That just makes me want to cook again as soon as possible. And when we do well in a contest, that also makes me want to cook again.

It's October now. Nothing scheduled around here for months. I am looking for a contest...maybe Texas?

beam boys bbq
10-29-2007, 11:46 AM
my job pickes up durring oct- dec so i have on time to cook durring this time so it is like my break time durring that time i am all ready thinking of diffrent ideas for next year

so that is how i handel being burned out my breaktime

last weekend i looked at the walls all weekend i am bored :rolleyes:

but the bank account needs the break to

saving up for next season

york

Roo-B-Q'N
10-29-2007, 04:02 PM
If I had arm candy like yours to keep me company at comps I'd be thrilled, too, Ray! :rolleyes:

We only cooked two comps and I judged at too, so I'm not burned out, but i can understand how it can get tiring if you do more.

Here was Ray's arm candy at the Royal. Still think it is that thrilling?:eek:

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g274/rickos_pics/DSC01606.jpg

ique
10-29-2007, 04:39 PM
I had a business in Chicago and a family for many years and I still competed a lot.

BBQ Competition is an expensive hobby and a lot of hard work. If you truly have the fire you'll get through the burnout and find a way to do it while keeping the family happy. It's not for everybody for many reasons. Money, family and business are certainly three.

I was ready to leave my trailer in Lynchburg after the awards at the Jack and quit. But, the next day, on the drive home, I was thinking up a new Pork recipe for next season. :roll:

watg?
10-29-2007, 05:16 PM
I was ready to leave my trailer in Lynchburg after the awards at the Jack and quit. But, the next day, on the drive home, I was thinking up a new Pork recipe for next season. :roll:


What became of the FB's, did they find a new home or did they return to Hopkinton?

SmokyOkie
10-29-2007, 05:25 PM
I thought you were new.
You're burned out already?

BTW I'm in my 26th season and I still love the thrill of a cookoff.


This thread is starting to remind me of the story of the ld bull and the young bull looking down on a valley full of heifers.

ique
10-29-2007, 05:38 PM
What became of the FB's, did they find a new home or did they return to Hopkinton?

Hey George, the BWS Fatboys are in back in Hopkinton. See the For Sale section for an update.

scottyd
10-29-2007, 07:27 PM
18 contests this year, two stretches of 5 in a row, and I'm ready to do a contest this weekend. Just needed a couple weeks off from the Royal is all. Let's go!!!

Oh wait, Plowboy's Porkapolooza is this weekend... LET'S GET SMOKIN!


What and I am not invited, what kind of crap is this??? yeah I am ticked off.:twisted:

CTSmokehouse
10-29-2007, 09:12 PM
That is really...really ....really BAD!!!

I did 7 comps this year... 6 more than last year and 6 more than I expected to do. I have Nancee and Greg of Purple Turtles to thank for extending my BBQ season. I was very fortunate to do 2 comps with the LI Brethren... Willy Pallooza in July and The Battle of the BBQ Brethren just 2 weekends ago. Thanks to Purple Turtles I experienced the American Royal Invitational and Open. It was a humbling experience. I will never look at a barbeque comp. the same way. It was a wonderful experience. It was the equivalent of doing 3 all nighters in a row. We flew to KC with a few bags and thanks to Todd, Andy, Bill Arnold, Voo Doo BBQ and Chris, Bob of Ga. and Ginger the BBQ Girl we did the best we could....Sayville was the most relaxed comp of the year... it was a really great time...I was not fatigued at all thanks to the valet packup crew that PooBah assembled...

Am I Burnt Out?

Not at all!!!

I can't wait 'til next year

Yours in BBQ,

Cliff

rbsnwngs
10-29-2007, 09:39 PM
I think i lost some weight

CTSmokehouse
10-29-2007, 09:44 PM
Where did you lose it? Do you need help finding it? I think that all the great things that you did in Sayville had something to do with it. I lost 5 lbs as I alway do at a comp.

Yours in BBQ,

Cliff

Greatgrills
10-29-2007, 11:14 PM
Not for sure how many contest we did this year but we did have a strech of 6 in a row and then 1 weekend off and then another strech of 6...Not burnt out on the contest at all, maybe all the bbq we have to turn in and taste, but have had a few weekends off and now have started counting down to the next one...5 months and counting, but what I have been told is there is nothing wrong with practice..It's no longer fun if you get tired of doing it.