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U2CANQUE
07-21-2008, 09:44 AM
I am going to get my girlfriends son entered into the kids contest in Madison IN and wondered what anyones experience is with this. He is by no means a chef in the making, but, the kid loves bbq contests, and is now officially hooked on the experience. I was just wondering what anyones experience has been.....I know he is not going to put out a postcard moment....but he is excited to do the hamburger themed contest....

Do the kids just usually do a burger, or, hit the plethora of an iron chef deal, where they mix up a combo of burger themed meal?

Thanks for the input....

Dale P
07-21-2008, 10:10 AM
Interesting. I am going to look into this for my son.

StayDown
07-21-2008, 12:00 PM
I am curious, do the kids do the cook by themselves or can the parents help as long as they don't do all the cooking?

Plowboy
07-21-2008, 12:02 PM
I am curious, do the kids do the cook by themselves or can the parents help as long as they don't do all the cooking?

Guiding principle is that the kids should do as much as possible and parents should do as little as possible. Safety should also be a concern.

StayDown
07-21-2008, 12:04 PM
Guiding principle is that the kids should do as much as possible and parents should do as little as possible. Safety should also be a concern.


What are the ages for a standard kid comp? I am currently teaching my 4 year old Step daughter to cook and she loves it. I know she is to young right now but I am looking to the future and hoping she stays with this new found love of cooking.

Dale P
07-21-2008, 12:22 PM
I looked into this and it is a ground beef cookoff at Madison. My boy is going to enter.

butt head
07-21-2008, 06:55 PM
my 7 yr old is cooking his first at new holland in aug. my understanding is i can take care of the fire and any cutting that he can't handle. we have practiced at every contest this year he would cook chickin drums and steak skewers for us for lunch. him and one of the other dads sons on the team are having a blast and thats what its all about

VGuilford
07-21-2008, 07:50 PM
There is usually 2 age groups. 1 of the younger kids and 1 for the older kids to 15

U2CANQUE
07-21-2008, 07:59 PM
yeah, he is excited about trying to do it.......showing him how to get it started and all.....we are doing it for one of his scout badges.....it is just great to see the excitement for something that he gets to do, instead of watching...

txschutte
07-21-2008, 08:02 PM
Kids Q's are awesome!! Want a way to get your kid "unplugged"? Get them cooking for bragging rights. Wyatt is addicted, and has actually decided to leave the kids Q areas to cook with the team...

beam boys bbq
07-21-2008, 08:03 PM
i think it is 5 to 10 and 11 to 15 in the age groups

caleb my 8 year old loves it the only thing that i do is use the knife and i do all of his cutting for him the rest is done by him the makes us hambugers durring the week to keep in the game (yes i am tired of hambugers:shock:)

but it is just what us dads do:-P

he got 4 this weekend with his new hambuger and now he wants to go back to his old one so we will see

york

my son was ranked higher than i was last year:wink:

StayDown
07-21-2008, 08:39 PM
Ok..where are they coming up with their recipes? Do you help them at all with that? I just can't see a 5 year old making a recipe that would be good and that didn't include candy or cereal.

U2CANQUE
07-22-2008, 12:30 PM
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/robmarionlisw/huhneypaspiglet-1.jpg

U2CANQUE
07-22-2008, 12:32 PM
proof that we are a bunch of fools who get carried away a little.....getting the kid a logo for his kid comp team....yeah, I know, overboard......but, you should have seen his face when he saw his logo.....and hell, he now has more sponsors than I do.....

beam boys bbq
07-22-2008, 04:08 PM
Ok..where are they coming up with their recipes? Do you help them at all with that? I just can't see a 5 year old making a recipe that would be good and that didn't include candy or cereal.


we fine recipes all over the place on back of hines 57 bt
sunday newspaper friends and family cook books

i will mix the seasoning up for my little man and he will put the zip lock of stuff in the meat and work it in then he will make the hambugers


york

Sledneck
07-22-2008, 04:10 PM
I enjoy watching the parents que..oops i meant to say kids que:rolleyes:

U2CANQUE
07-22-2008, 05:31 PM
Thanks a lot.....really appreciated......I told him that he is responsible for finding 3 recipes for the weekend....then we will practice.....If anything else, like I said, I wanted him to have that pride of doing it....and earning his badge as well.....he is so funny watching him "plot" strategy......my little entertainment for a few days

StayDown
07-23-2008, 09:45 AM
Ok..for those that have kids that will be competing...we need as many pics as possible and a great story to go along with it.

I would love to be able to read a childs journey through a comp.

U2CANQUE
07-23-2008, 03:46 PM
Part of him getting his badge is that he has to do that....so, I will post what all he journals......

StayDown
07-24-2008, 07:21 AM
Part of him getting his badge is that he has to do that....so, I will post what all he journals......


Man..I am really looking forward to this!!

smknwhlswife
07-24-2008, 08:29 AM
Our girls LOVE cooking! My 7yr old has probably cooked 17 or 18 contest over the past 3 years. My 5yr old just started this year and has cooked 2 so far. They both will be cooking 3 more times this year, Laurie MO, Paola KS, and the Royal.

They each mix/pick their own rubs and sauces, with only a little guidance from us. We practice a few times at home and then have neighbors and family come over to help give them feedback.

We always try to find out if boxes are KCBS rules or anything goes before arriving at the contest. That way they can practice and/or think about how and what they want their boxes to look like.

Some things I would recommend that have helped our girls.
1. Kids leather gloves (gardening) these work great to keep hands from getting too hot when working over the grill
2. Long tongs/spatula - again to help little hands from getting to hot
3. Sunglasses - to help keep the smoke out of their eyes.

Most important......KEEP IT FUN!!!

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StayDown
07-24-2008, 08:33 AM
Our girls LOVE cooking! My 7yr old has probably cooked 17 or 18 contest over the past 3 years. My 5yr old just started this year and has cooked 2 so far. They both will be cooking 3 more times this year, Laurie MO, Paola KS, and the Royal.

They each mix/pick their own rubs and sauces, with only a little guidance from us. We practice a few times at home and then have neighbors and family come over to help give them feedback.

We always try to find out if boxes are KCBS rules or anything goes before arriving at the contest. That way they can practice and/or think about how and what they want their boxes to look like.

Some things I would recommend that have helped our girls.
1. Kids leather gloves (gardening) these work great to keep hands from getting too hot when working over the grill
2. Long tongs/spatula - again to help little hands from getting to hot
3. Sunglasses - to help keep the smoke out of their eyes.

Most important......KEEP IT FUN!!!

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This is way to cool. Now if only I could get the 4 year old to eat burgers..or BBQ sauce! :icon_pissed

smknwhlswife
07-24-2008, 08:37 AM
This is way to cool. Now if only I could get the 4 year old to eat burgers..or BBQ sauce! :icon_pissed

Just remember that they don't have to eat them to cook them.:wink::lol::lol:

StayDown
07-24-2008, 08:45 AM
Just remember that they don't have to eat them to cook them.:wink::lol::lol:


Very true!!! I can always eat them but I try to tell her in order to be a chef she needs to try everything she cooks. She just recently was bit by the cooking bug and loves to help.

Rightstuff
07-24-2008, 02:57 PM
Are the kids contest in conjunction with adult contest, or, are they separate events?

smknwhlswife
07-24-2008, 03:44 PM
They are in conjunction with each other. If the contest is Friday/Saturday, they will usually have the kids' q on Friday night or Saturday morning. Just depends on the contest.