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CajunSmoker
12-02-2008, 08:13 AM
We want to cook in three comps next March that happen on consecutive weekends.

http://www.smokeonthewaterbbq.com/

http://www.grillingontheriver.8m.net/

http://www.hammondbluesandbbq.com/


We really enjoy all 3 contests and don't want to miss out on any of them. My ? is do you think cooking week after week will help hone your skill or burn you out?

Sledneck
12-02-2008, 08:20 AM
It would burn me out. I do about 1 a month and get sick of it towards the end

tonto1117
12-02-2008, 08:25 AM
I'd say a bit of both. We found we were hitting a perfect stride by the third one........on automatic mode...

See ya in Hammond!!8)

watg?
12-02-2008, 08:30 AM
'burn out' would be my answer

Jorge
12-02-2008, 08:31 AM
We really enjoy all 3 contests and don't want to miss out on any of them. My ? is do you think cooking week after week will help hone your skill or burn you out?

How much free labor do you have to help you load, and unload?8-) That can make all the difference in the world!

Edit: If the new job allows, I might try to make it to Hammond.

Jacked UP BBQ
12-02-2008, 08:36 AM
It would burn me out. I do about 1 a month and get sick of it towards the end

Wussy, we did four in a row!! We still suck!

harrisburg - ocean grove - dover - sayville

The Pickled Pig
12-02-2008, 08:52 AM
Like Tonto said, it does a little of both. The quick repetition makes it easier to develop a consistent routine and make minor changes for improvement along the way. But you have to put the rest of your life on hold for 3 weeks.

Big George's BBQ
12-02-2008, 09:08 AM
It would probably burn me out. It is easier if the weather cooperates. It takesa me a few days to recuperate.

BBQchef33
12-02-2008, 09:13 AM
IMO, it depends on how much work u have to do to setup .

if you packing and unpacking and shopping and cleaning, loading and unloading for each event, I think you'll burn out. (I would).

If your have a trailer and just restocking coolers and fridge. Its alot easier and you can do it.

Pre trailer days for me, I was a waste after a contest and it took 3 days to unload and a week for my knees to heal. No way I was able to do back to backs. Now, its possible if everything gets put away clean and all Im doiing is restocking.

Alexa RnQ
12-02-2008, 09:17 AM
We did a similar tour last summer: three consecutive weekends, three different states.

8/16 in Fairfield, CA -- 4th overall
8/23 in Salt Lake City, UT -- 3rd overall
8/30 in Taylor, AZ -- Reserve

There was a trend there.
The first interim week I felt a bit beat up and like I wasn't quite on stride, but by the third I was looking around going "Okay, where are we going THIS week?" and being all disappointed that I had to wait another three weeks for the next show!

ETA: We compete out of a 5x8 trailer, so it was getting half-unloaded each time to restock -- no RV action here.

Podge
12-02-2008, 09:32 AM
My first real year of BBQ competition in 2005, i did 3 in a row, in august. had to rent a U-haul trailer at that time, and sleep outside, each weekend was in the 90's and humid. it sucked.

Scottie
12-02-2008, 09:35 AM
Edit: If the new job allows, I might try to make it to Hammond.


I might be flying solo for Hammond. Have to figure out how the girls Spring Break is going to be set-up.


I get tired after 10 or 12 in a row... As I am sorta itching to cook now.

CajunSmoker
12-02-2008, 09:39 AM
How much free labor do you have to help you load, and unload?8-) That can make all the difference in the world!

Edit: If the new job allows, I might try to make it to Hammond.

Keep me updated as we get closer:cool: It's a great contest with some really good food!

I'd say a bit of both. We found we were hitting a perfect stride by the third one........on automatic mode...

See ya in Hammond!!8)

looking forward to meeting you guys.

IMO, it depends on how much work u have to do to setup .

if you packing and unpacking and shopping and cleaning, loading and unloading for each event, I think you'll burn out. (I would).

If your have a trailer and just restocking coolers and fridge. Its alot easier and you can do it.

Pre trailer days for me, I was a waste after a contest and it took 3 days to unload and a week for my knees to heal. No way I was able to do back to backs. Now, its possible if everything gets put away clean and all Im doiing is restocking.

We pull my camper, so everything is loaded already for the most part. Just throw the trash cans, ECB and turkey fryer in the back of the truck, fill up the ice chests with beer, food and ice and were on the road.

We did a similar tour last summer: three consecutive weekends, three different states.

8/16 in Fairfield, CA -- 4th overall
8/23 in Salt Lake City, UT -- 3rd overall
8/30 in Taylor, AZ -- Reserve

There was a trend there.
The first interim week I felt a bit beat up and like I wasn't quite on stride, but by the third I was looking around going "Okay, where are we going THIS week?" and being all disappointed that I had to wait another three weeks for the next show!

ETA: We compete out of a 5x8 trailer, so it was getting half-unloaded each time to restock -- no RV action here.

I like the looks of your trend:cool:

I gotta have a place to crash, I'm getting too old and fat to sleep in a lawn chair.

Jorge
12-02-2008, 09:42 AM
Keep me updated as we get closer:cool: It's a great contest with some really good food!



looking forward to meeting you guys.



We pull my camper, so everything is loaded already for the most part. Just throw the trash cans, ECB and turkey fryer in the back of the truck, fill up the ice chests with beer, food and ice and were on the road.



I like the looks of your trend:cool:

I gotta have a place to crash, I'm getting too old and fat to sleep in a lawn chair.

Fat? How much weight could you have gained since I saw you in Magnolia?:lol:

Rub
12-02-2008, 05:07 PM
I believe I did three (3) 5-in-a-rows this year, and several other multiple (3) contest stretches. Mostly by myself, from a open air trailer, sleeping in a lounge chair, no a/c or heat. It's all dependent on what you're used to, and how badly you want to do it. As far as your question: My ? is do you think cooking week after week will help hone your skill or burn you out?
I was sporadic earlier in the year in my multiple weeks and can't really find a pattern. But I have honed my skills in the long haul, and have had a strong last 5 contests in a row: 3rd, GC, GC, GC, GC :-D

Sledneck
12-02-2008, 05:30 PM
IMO, it depends on how much work u have to do to setup .

if you packing and unpacking and shopping and cleaning, loading and unloading for each event, I think you'll burn out. (I would).

If your have a trailer and just restocking coolers and fridge. Its alot easier and you can do it.

Pre trailer days for me, I was a waste after a contest and it took 3 days to unload and a week for my knees to heal. No way I was able to do back to backs. Now, its possible if everything gets put away clean and all Im doiing is restocking.Pfffft who you kidding? I can guarantee that I set up and break down in half the time that you do :tongue:

Meat Burner
12-02-2008, 05:40 PM
Rodger, a three-pete would be tough...but fun! Wifey and I will be judging at smokeonthewater in Little Rock so we will try to look you up Friday night or Saturday after the turn-ins. Good Luck with all three events.

Alexa RnQ
12-02-2008, 05:45 PM
Wifey and I will be judging at smokeonthewater in Little Rock
You will? I'm looking longingly at that one -- it's a bit of a haul for us to start the season with, and we'd end up with short intervals between contests -- it'd be like catapulting right into the middle of season again, but I really want to go!

Bigmista
12-02-2008, 06:24 PM
Wusses! Come to Stagecoach this year! We do 3 contests in 2 days all while doing people's choice!

HBMTN
12-02-2008, 06:32 PM
I see you are a judge. How about a combo like compete in the 1st one the judge the 2nd and bbq or judge the 3rd one.

HoDeDo
12-02-2008, 07:14 PM
Rodger, you can do it no problem. It will help you get your rhythm down. With your trailer, it shouldn't be bad at all. And I will see you in Little Rock!!!

Sledneck
12-02-2008, 08:00 PM
Wusses! Come to Stagecoach this year! We do 3 contests in 2 days all while doing people's choice!when is that? Can we get equipment provided if we put together a LiLilf team?

Meat Burner
12-02-2008, 09:21 PM
You will? I'm looking longingly at that one -- it's a bit of a haul for us to start the season with, and we'd end up with short intervals between contests -- it'd be like catapulting right into the middle of season again, but I really want to go!

DO IT! We will prolly compete at the sister competition in Sept. in Hot Springs. We judged that event and had a blast.

rbinms33
12-02-2008, 09:28 PM
Rodger, it'll be a lot of work but a lot of fun as well. Besides the load and unload you have a good bit of distance to drive with the LR and Columbus comps. I say go for it!!

We'll see you in LR and are on the fence right now with Columbus.

CajunSmoker
12-03-2008, 07:11 AM
Rodger, it'll be a lot of work but a lot of fun as well. Besides the load and unload you have a good bit of distance to drive with the LR and Columbus comps. I say go for it!!

We'll see you in LR and are on the fence right now with Columbus.

You should try and work the Columbus contest in if at all possible, It was well run and had the best music of any place we went last year.:cool:

Looks like a strong Brethren showing planning to be in Little Rock:cool:, we ought to plan a Friday night dinner when we get a little closer to time.:-D

Bigmista
12-03-2008, 12:04 PM
when is that? Can we get equipment provided if we put together a LiLilf team?

April 25-26 in Indio, CA. We had one of the brethren come out from NY last year. I'll be damned if I can remember who it was. Old timer's is kicking in. I'm sure we could get you setup.

Now I'll have to see who it was that came out...

Sledneck
12-03-2008, 12:07 PM
April 25-26 in Indio, CA. We had one of the brethren come out from NY last year. I'll be damned if I can remember who it was. Old timer's is kicking in. I'm sure we could get you setup.

Now I'll have to see who it was that came out...I believe it was Pigmaker and his traveling circus

Bigmista
12-03-2008, 12:10 PM
It was Eric. Smoke on the Water RGC on Sunday with a borrowed cooker. IF you guys are serious about coming out, we could make it happen.

Plowboy
12-03-2008, 12:11 PM
How much free labor do you have to help you load, and unload?8-) That can make all the difference in the world!

Edit: If the new job allows, I might try to make it to Hammond.

Getting a call at the previous comp puts a little spring in the step, too. Getting yer arse kicked every week puts a damper on things purty quickly.

Plowboy
12-03-2008, 12:13 PM
Rodger, you can do it no problem. It will help you get your rhythm down. With your trailer, it shouldn't be bad at all. And I will see you in Little Rock!!!

Hey Slick, what are we doing with Las Vegas and Little Rock? We cooking together? Which team at which contest?

If I gotta get apps in as Plowboys, I wanna be doing that.

rbinms33
12-03-2008, 12:27 PM
You should try and work the Columbus contest in if at all possible, It was well run and had the best music of any place we went last year.:cool:

That's what I heard. We'll know better what we're going to do after the holidays.

Looks like a strong Brethren showing planning to be in Little Rock:cool:, we ought to plan a Friday night dinner when we get a little closer to time.:-D

Sounds good. Good music Friday night too.....if you like .38 Special, that is.

Bigmista
12-03-2008, 02:07 PM
It's so cool how you guys know which contests are happening next year. I wish we could plan our schedule this early.