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QDoc
12-02-2008, 07:59 PM
A thread below asking about cooking three weekends in a row made me curious.
What is your occupation?
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
Number of contests per year?

I am an oral surgeon, one man team with occasional helper cooking under a tent. No way I can cook back to back. It wears me out. I try and cook 2 or 3 contests in Arkansas. Maybe more when I retire. I also judge 2 or 3 contests per year. Time is limited.

backporchbbq
12-02-2008, 08:08 PM
HAHA back to back weekends. No way. I am an EMT and work between 50-85 hrs every week. I have to plan ahead to do comps. Practice is even harder. This year I am going to try and scale back my work and do more comps. Even though it costs a lot, it is a heck of a lot of fun.

I am part of a team. Usually there are 3 of us, plus my mom who shows up and does minimal just likes to hang out. Sometimes there is one more or less person. All depends on the dates.

SaucyWench
12-02-2008, 08:16 PM
I wonder about this all the time. We're just judges, but we still can't take time off for every contest that has sauce, salsa, etc, on Fridays. How in the heck do yall get the time off to compete?

BBQchef33
12-02-2008, 08:20 PM
Im a Software Engineer. Been with the same defense company for 30 years.
I have 15 weeks vacation queued up and I get 5 weeks a year more, plus sick time. Since i dont take big chunks of vacation, I can not use my vacation time fast enough as it accrues. So taking a 2-3 days off for each contests not an issue.

I used to be a tent and chair team. IMO, since getting the enclosed trailer thats prepped and ready to go made all the difference. Its alot easier just restocking, than unloading, cleaning, reloading, restocking, then unloading when u get there.

Team is me, my son, yak and danny.. Then anyone else that wants to joing us, but we are usually at least 4. I do 95% of the shopping and prep leading up to the contest.

Will shoot for 5-6-7 contests a year. maybe a few more this year.

KC_Bobby
12-02-2008, 08:25 PM
Yep, comp Fridays are my vacations.

SaucyWench
12-02-2008, 08:25 PM
BBQchef, you are one lucky duck! How many people have worked at the same place for 30 years these days?

Alexa RnQ
12-02-2008, 08:29 PM
We did sixteen cooks this past season.

It's not just Fridays for us -- we have a crapload of drive time in it, too. We do a lot of overnight drives, and the Jack was a solid week gone for us.

We're both self-employed, so we're lucky to have a lot of flexibility. The boys' schools hate us, though. That flexibility doesn't even begin to address the issue of lost wages, either, because when VQ's cooking, he's not working, and that adds up. I wanted to title the season wrap-up picture on the website "Why We Didn't Get New Flooring This Year", and that's so accurate it's not funny.

We're two people, hauling gear in a borrowed 5x8 trailer, so everything gets packed and unpacked each trip. VQ sleeps at the site under the popups, I take the boys to a motel nearby.

Jacked UP BBQ
12-02-2008, 09:06 PM
I am self employed and have a great staff. My wife is around to handle on of our businesses when I am at comps on fridays. I am very fortunate to have a great family and staff to have my back when I am not around.

Oh yea - I have a salon and spa and a repo company. Two different ends of the spectrum. Thank god I can feed off of both economies.

QDoc
12-02-2008, 09:20 PM
I am self employed and have a great staff. My wife is around to handle on of our businesses when I am at comps on fridays. I am very fortunate to have a great family and staff to have my back when I am not around.

Oh yea - I have a salon and spa and a repo company. Two different ends of the spectrum. Thank god I can feed off of both economies.


Now that's a good deal:-P:-P:lol::lol:

Against The Grain
12-02-2008, 11:21 PM
IBM deskside support tech.

Large team of volunteers, we do numerous events all year.
Most recently we served over 30,000 meals the weeks following Hurricane IKE in Galveston.
http://www.lighthousecharityteam.com/
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lighthouse+charity+team&search_type=&aq=f

http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=1cc7db57718f38cdc8545f57966c90b3
Thank You To Caring Volunteers
What a blessing is it to be a blessing to others. On behalf of Moody Methodist Church and the Lighthouse Charity Cooking Team, we want to thank everyone who volunteered time and effort while we served more than 30,000 meals to the Galveston community in the weeks following Hurricane Ike.
We heard over and over how wonderful it was to be served a free hot meal everyday. And thanks to the folks with the Lighthouse Team, the meals were top notch! In these tough situations having people take time out from their own problems speaks volumes for the compassion that Galvestonians have for one another. Many volunteers showed up time and time again. Without your help we would never have been able to provide this service to the community.
"Well done thou good and faithful servant."
Leanne Green Director of special ministries and events Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church Galveston


Volunteers serve 2,000 Thanksgiving meals
SAN LEON — More than 200 volunteers from Valero and Lighthouse Charity Team served a turkey-and-dressing lunch for residents affected by the hurricane.
News - November 28, 2008

Plowboy
12-02-2008, 11:41 PM
I'm an IT Project Manager right now. Was an IT Manager for 10 years. Cooked 19 weekends this year and 21 contests, up from 18 last year. I was a one man team for a little over half of them. Everything is in a self contained trailer. Used a lot of my PTO for contests, however, starting a new job, I didn't have as much. Worked it out with my employer to take a few Friday afternoons and putting in extra time during the week.

Longest stretch this year was seven BBQ weekends in a row... one was a cater in the seven. I've done multiple 5 contest runs over the last two years and many more three contest runs. If you are going to push more than 12, you really need to think about what you really need out there. Your process has to be one that can be replicated week after week without killing yourself.

Most contests that I cooked alone, I had the trailer cleaned top to bottom, everything stowed, was hitched up and ready to go home at least 30 minutes before awards. Some contests, I got an hour nap before awards.

CivilWarBBQ
12-03-2008, 12:00 AM
I've been an owner of a business communications company for twenty years. My partner is heavily into music and often takes time to play gigs with one of his bands or attend bagpipe competitions (yes, they have worldwide organizations, just like BBQ). We try to cover each other as much as possible so that someone is always minding the store during regular business hours.

In my business, it doesn't matter when or where you do the work as long as it gets done before the deadline. Back to back contests can be exhausting though because you don't have the recovery time between since you are working long hours to get enough work completed so that you can leave town for the next show.

The Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse Team is made up of three cooks and one or two non-cooking helpers. Our rig is an 8 x 20 mobile kitchen. Our goal is to cook about ten contest each year.

Dale P
12-03-2008, 02:52 AM
At comps we live like we are in a third world country. Until we get comfort there is no way I could do 3 in a row. Plus my sponsor "wife" probably would tighten her grip on the $.
I have been self employed forever, and times are tough. Wife makes the money these days.

Spydermike72
12-03-2008, 05:49 AM
Well I am an IT Manager and I am really never off of work, even when I am on vacation I am still on call and am expected to answer my work cell 24x7 (Disaster Recovery mod). I have plenty of vacation time, and I am lucky enough to work from home so I work alot via my Blackberry, and I have a good staff.

This past year we only cooked 3 Comps but catered or vended almost every weekend from Late June through mid October. I have teamed up with BBQ Bubba and I have my nephew and my 2 boys with us. We have also been known to have some special guests cook with us as well (Thanks BruceB and Sfisch). We normally sleep in our lounge chairs or in our trucks. The last contest we rented a trailer and it was very nice. We are working on getting a trailer that we can use for both Comps and Catering/Vending. Should be in our lineup by the time Comp Season rolls around.

BigdogKC
12-03-2008, 06:01 AM
I am an IT nerd as well....by the way I am surprised by all of us BBQ nerds that are also computer nerds.

We live in a tent at comps, because we just started last year and the wife wants to make sure that we do it enough before we spend money on comfort. In her defense she sleeps right there with me, and was pregnant during all of our comps this past year. I don't like to take a lot of time off, so taking three or four day weekends is how I spend my vacation. I typically try to be on call during comps, because that gives me our sprint card, so that I have internet at the comps. :)

CajunSmoker
12-03-2008, 06:27 AM
Another self employed guy here. I also consider the Fridays as my vacation time.

Merl
12-03-2008, 06:49 AM
I am an attorney with my firm of Whitebook and Gaddis. I also serve as a part time Judge and work for the State of Oklahoma as the State Judicial Educator putting on Judicial workshops. I pretty we can control my schedule.

Our team: Potentially Hazardous BBQ is Carol and myself. We work under ez ups. Our sponsor is u haul so we use their trailers to travel. lol.

Carol is the executive director of a Boy Scout Council.

We take all of her vacation on fridays and mondays.
Yours in Q
Merl Whitebook

Captain Caveman
12-03-2008, 07:01 AM
I am an Instrumentation & Controls Engineer for a large explosives company.
I use PTO/vacation for "BBQ Fridays". We try not to do comps back to back weekends, but it just works out that way sometimes.

We work out of a 8X20 trailer. the trailer has a 5x8 room in the back that we use for living quarters. We don't have much set up or tear down time (maybe 45 minutes).

We are usualy a 2 person team (my wife and I). My Inlaws usualy go and get a hotel for themselves, and watch our 2 boys.

Big Ugly's BBQ
12-03-2008, 07:01 AM
I work for Uncle Sam as a Security Specialist. Think of it this way, I'm the one who thinks up the worst possible scenario and then puts together the plan to keep it from happening. Fortunately for me, we work a modified 80-hr pay period, I get every other Friday off. When its a contest Fri, its easy, when its not, I try to adjust.

One of the best investments I have made over the years is the trailer. Keeps everything in place so we can drop it at our spot, and have everything right there where we need it. We sleep (sleep at a contest?), on cots under the pop-ups. I have two coolers I keep at the house for meat and cold stuff, throw them in the truck, get the ice, hook up the trailer and go.

Most of the time, its me and my neighbor, Josh, who is becoming quite the addict. This coming year we are going to team up with another team, to help out on the costs involved. Pot Belly is a great guy, it will be fun. The kids want to be more involved this year, so we may have to plan on a Kids-Q or two. Its never been about the money or trophy's, rather something fun to do, with good friends and family.

Bride of Roo(BQ'n)
12-03-2008, 07:04 AM
Tom and I own a printing company and have a good staff that can handle the Fridays. I work from home as a analyst/consultant and have been known to find a picnic bench when we get there, LOVE contests with wi-fi...

We competed in 6 this year, prolly will be about the same in 09 but hoping to drive to a few a bit further away, we also catered all summer, fed as many soldiers as we could find, and organized a late contest as well as traveled a bit to judge 4 contests. Havent worked 8-5 M-F for years, you work when you work you play when you play, it all evens out.

Self contained trailer that acts as a second kitchen when were home for catering, sausage making etc.

Podge
12-03-2008, 07:13 AM
I'm a Playa In a Management Position:grin:

toys4dlr
12-03-2008, 07:32 AM
Commercal banker, so I have to put it off as vacation. I get 4 weeks and 4 PTO days.

It is our family as a team and we try to make school a priority. I don't want the boys to miss too much school. If it is event close (within 3 hours), I will drive and set up myself and the wife and boys will come later on Friday night to help.

Toy hauler is great with all the stuff. My wife is a great organizer and has the bins ready to load.

Sledneck
12-03-2008, 08:02 AM
I do about 7-8 per year . I am a male stripper so I schedule all the bachelorette parties so that they do not fall on contest weekends

Against The Grain
12-03-2008, 08:09 AM
Wasn't always a tech nerd. Have been longshoreman, clerk timekeeper on docks, policeman, deputy sheriff, retired city code enforcement officer. Tech work is just easy and pays good. Before getting on the lighthouse charity team, I did a lot of bbq for parties and some comp. Still have 8' pipe pit, big easy, cajun turkey frier, brinkman gas grill. Full kitchen at Elks lodge with old 16' brick bbq pit.

Jacked UP BBQ
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
I do about 7-8 per year . I am a male stripper so I schedule all the bachelorette parties so that they do not fall on contest weekends


Do you still dance with bbqs my bff?

BBQchef33
12-03-2008, 08:31 AM
I do about 7-8 per year . I am a male stripper so I schedule all the bachelorette parties so that they do not fall on contest weekends


and they are usually at a weight watchers facility, so the commute is easy.

caneyscud
12-03-2008, 08:32 AM
Wondered how others did it. Helped a friend build 2 trailer rigs one a rotiserie and the other big enough for a whole hog. That started 3 years ago. We wanted to do a contest or two for fun. He owns a pretty good sized cabinet shop and I manage a construction firm. My wife is not that supportive - and she definitely doesn't help out on my cooks. Am usually a one man band. How many contests has my buddy and I been in in 3 years - 1 and I was the only one able to make it. Why does work always get in the way of fun!!! Not whining, but definitely exacerbated!

Sledneck
12-03-2008, 08:40 AM
and they are usually at a weight watchers facility, so the commute is easy.I do not discriminate, the money is all the same

Big George's BBQ
12-03-2008, 09:22 AM
I am a Psych NP and work Monday through Friday with occassional on-call. Use Fridays as a vacation day for Comps- Back Porch BBQ. I get four weeks vacation this year. Hope to mdo 5-6 Comps

Bigmista
12-03-2008, 11:59 AM
I'm a Treasury Management Research Officer (I help big companies find little checks when they can't fill out their deposit slips correctly.)

I get 26 PTO days a year plus major holidays so getting a friday off usually isn't a problem as long as someone with more seniority doesn't already have it off.

I have four team members (for those that know him, Glenn has been voted an official "Q") although we can't all be at every contest. We make do with what we have. WE sleep on airbeds in the Pop-Ups. Sylvie puts hers in the back of her SUV.

HoDeDo
12-03-2008, 01:12 PM
I'm a Telecom SE. I have 10 yrs in, so I have 5 weeks of vacation/PTO. My boss is flexible on the time in the office, so I can take a 3 hr conf. call at home ( so I can pick up rig early) or many times from the road, if I have the presentation ahead of time...

On contest days, I usually take a 1/2 day of vacation instead of a whole day (work from home in the morning) so I get to maximize my vacation time.
I cooked a handful with Todd, many on my own, 3 orchestrating the larger HoDeDo events, and 2 efforts with the BBQ-Brethren.com banner flying :).

Typically we have the whole family in tow... so set up and tear down goes a little slower... but we fit in 20 contests this year total. I imagine it will be similar next year.

Lakeside Smoker
12-03-2008, 02:59 PM
I do about 7-8 per year . I am a male stripper so I schedule all the bachelorette parties so that they do not fall on contest weekends

Where do you put all those nickels they throw at you?

Dr_KY
12-03-2008, 03:12 PM
What is your occupation?- Simi professional bag slasher. I work in a factory making raw plastic from wonderful things like lead, acid, oil, calcium carbonate , calcium striate, tyrine, wax,toluene plus assorted pigments. That is until they make fifteen more people redundant this Friday.

Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends? Yes but the weather here sucks most of the time, not that it stops me.

Trailer self contained or tent? Wide open back yard measuring some 20' by 60' with no shelter.

One man team or multiple team mates- One man all day long baby but the team is made up of family members and friends.

Number of contests per year?- 3

The Pickled Pig
12-03-2008, 04:27 PM
I'm a Secret Agent Cowboy Astronaut Millionaire.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2583030029_60be4214c1.jpg?v=0

In my spare time I run a technology training company. I have plenty of PTO at my disposal and can basically take off whenever I want. I'm single w/o kids. Other than my dog and bank account, I have no tails on my BBQ competing kite.

I have 3 core team mates and a half dozen irregulars. I do most of the prep work and have most of the gear. We sleep in lawn chairs under the canopy. We did 15 contests last year which is double what we'd done in the past. We did have 2 strings of 3 consecutive contests. IMO, the third contest is easier than the second because the routine is methodical by then.

While I don't have a trailer (yet), I did clear out my garage this year and used it for a staging area...kept everything needed for the contests in one spot...easy to load and unload that way.

Butcher BBQ
12-03-2008, 04:28 PM
I own a small meat processing plant where we do all custom butchering. I usually do 15 to 18 contest a year and my time is like all self employed people, if you are not at the shop Friday and Saturday just means you will have to do more the rest of the week or it doesn't get done. My team consist of myself and my brother. I will do a few contest with out him, if its a long drive and he can't make it after his job on Friday. We will do as many contest as I can stand it in a row, 2, 3, 4, or even 5.

CajunSmoker
12-03-2008, 04:29 PM
I'm a Playa In a Management Position:grin:

I thought you were a professional Jack Russell wrangler:biggrin:

I do not discriminate, the money is all the same


Fat girls need love too mod?:rolleyes:

jbrink01
12-03-2008, 04:35 PM
I'm an District Sales guy an overhead crane company. I work out of my house, and just work a little harder the first 4 days. We have found the biggest issue being the growth of our catering business.

Rub
12-03-2008, 09:36 PM
What is your occupation?
Jr/Sr high teacher, special ed.
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Yes
Trailer self contained or tent?
Trailer with home made roof/lift up walls, not weatherproof.
One man team or multiple team mates (partners)
Cook solo 95% of the time
Number of contests per year?
30 in '08

warfrat
12-03-2008, 09:55 PM
I gotta show Rub some school teacher support here, even though I'm a rook I think I can bring something to the table. I'm just getting into the BBQ comp. scene but I'm also a high school teacher (health) that's right - I get paid to teach your kids about sex! I love my job! Anyways, I've been competing in bass tournaments for quite awhile now and the costs, number of leave time hours, prep, etc. are similar to the BBQ circuit from what I can tell- though bass fishing is still more expensive. I generally had to take anywhere from 3-5 days off per tournament and I fished 3-5 regional tournaments a year, plus 10-20 local tournaments that ate up about 5-10 leave days. In other words, I've been out of sick leave for awhile until this year. lol! It's like money though- you can't take it with you!:-P

Buster Dog BBQ
12-03-2008, 09:59 PM
I own a web development studio. I control my schedule so taking Friday's off isn't too bad. I like to head out Thursday night and get settled in and grab a nap. Our trailer is a 26ft toyhauler and it only takes about 15 min to get all setup. The team includes my wife and son. We did 12 contest last year. Maybe similar number next year.

Bigmista
12-04-2008, 01:23 AM
Where do you put all those nickels they throw at you?

From what Phil tells me, there's plenty of room in his shorts.

ThomEmery
12-04-2008, 07:48 AM
I own and operate a small Disposal Company

HBMTN
12-04-2008, 08:17 AM
I am an auto technician and help run a shop for my father in-law. I am a part time bbq'r and beekeeper with ambitions of retiring from auto repair and doing bees and bbq full time in the next 5-10 years. last year we did 2 comp's and will do as many as 10 this year depending on the economy. I can pretty much get off when ever I want.

QDoc
12-04-2008, 08:19 AM
Number of contests per year?
30 in '08[/quote]

As a solo cook I take my hat off to you Brother!!!!:icon_bugeyed

bbqczar
12-04-2008, 09:40 AM
I own an electronics company here.I stay pretty busy all year so it's hard to do as many comps as I want to.Hope to do about 9-10 next year.We do the camp out thing under pop-ups ,but that may change to RV this coming year.

Todd Ras
12-04-2008, 11:26 AM
I sell promotional products and manage online store programs for companies and organizations. So, in a nut shell I sell pens, hats, jackets or anything people or companies brand their logo with. It's a whole lot of fun and I have great clients all of the country.

Sales leaves me a lot of time and I can make my own schedule which is nice when you can come home on a Friday afternoon to start prep work for the weekend cook. I can run everything from my Blackberry so we are going to try to do comps this year. We have had a nice group of guys Q'ing on the weekends, but now that we are all married we need something to get get us away from the ladies!! The 09 season will be our first year out at comps so make sure to come see us and drink a few.

Yakfishingfool
12-04-2008, 11:36 AM
I am a Psych NP and work Monday through Friday with occassional on-call. Use Fridays as a vacation day for Comps- Back Porch BBQ. I get four weeks vacation this year. Hope to mdo 5-6 Comps


I am A Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatrics. I work a four day week, m-th, and have 6 weeks vacation. Work one saturday a month, seems to always be the one with a comp I really want to go to. I cook with the man who has a duck!!! and his son and Danny!

QueTPiesBBQ
12-04-2008, 12:01 PM
Qdoc, hello neighbor. I am a Network Analyst mainly focusing on Email server and application servers. We did 3 contests this year and hope to expand it up 10 possibly this year. I usually can get off pretty easy when needed. Wife has to put in for time off as a school teacher. Then there is the travel time from Sheridan, Ar. We usually like to leave out on Friday morning early.

The Giggler
12-04-2008, 12:08 PM
I own a sales company, and work as a manufacturer's representative selling steel sheet and plate products out of Cleveland, OH. Typically, I work when there's work to be done. Currently, I am expanding the base, so with the weather and economy, I mostly work. Time off is never a problem, and I always make sales calls a part of the trip.

Usually we do not do back-to-back contests. This year we joined forces with another team where we did exactly that - twice. It worked out pretty well.

Prior to 2008, we did 2-3 contests per year mostly due to the lack of local contests. This year, we did 6 and traveled a heluva lot. 3 as Giggling Pigs, and 3 as Smoke On The Water with Eric and Grace.

For 2009, we're looking at 14-15. Sharing the workload and splitting the expenses is a beautiful thing.

This was also our first year with an enclosed trailer and an insulated smoker. The trailer unit is complete with custom cabinetry, electricity, and a Futon. What a difference it makes. Especially when we cooked a contest, and didn't have a party.... You take out what you need, put it away as you go, and in the end all you have to do is some dishes, load the cookers, take down the tent, hitch up, and head home.

lunchlady
12-04-2008, 12:51 PM
What is your occupation?

I'm a domestic engineer (heheh) and my man is a Union pipefitter, which is why I can stay home. :grin:

Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?

yep, fortunately the kids are ok with missing school :rolleyes: and as long as G gives work some notice (and some BBQ), it's all good. we too spent a LOT of time just travelling this year.

Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:

we have a 5x8 cargo trailer for our gear and we tent it on an air mattress. we're still getting used to the trailer though, and pack and unpack a bunch almost everytime.

One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:

there are 6 'meats' on our team when we're maxed, but this year 'maxed' was pretty rare.... I miss them when they have to work. :cry:

Number of contests per year?

we at least a dozen, with numerous back-to-backs throughout the season, sometime back-to-back-to-back.

I love this thread! It is awesome to see what everyone does (or doesn't do) in their 'real lives'.

DAMN RUB !!! You da MAN!!!!! (bowing down) :shock: 30 contests? whoa.

goodsmokebbq
12-04-2008, 01:13 PM
In real life I am an Imaging Scientist for the Department of Defense basically finding bad guys in aerial imagery. We got an enclosed 6x12 trailer last year and it has made all the difference. We are able to do the back to backs with minimal effort. We throw a futon mattress in the trailer once we empty it, cuts down on the noise and way drier than a tent in the rain. My wife and I do the majority of the contests, and have one or two more that come when then can. We did 5 in 2008 and hope to do a couple more in 2009.

Rub
12-04-2008, 09:29 PM
DAMN RUB !!! You da MAN!!!!! (bowing down) :shock: 30 contests? whoa.
I am fortunate to have a VERY understanding wife and family that supported me and my run for the FBA TOTY. My wife has even encouraged me to go to a few contests I had wanted to skip, just to keep my points up :rolleyes: :wink: :mrgreen:

ZILLA
12-04-2008, 10:05 PM
I have every Friday off and I still hate back to back cooks. I also have travel at least 3 hours east to get to the comps. Two man team, large Gator mobile pit. 15 - 20 cooks a year.

Tinybud
12-04-2008, 10:08 PM
I got 13 yrs in as a laborer in a modular homes plant, currently night watchman due to a shoulder injury that has me on the sidelines, also part time caterer, hope to make the bbq full time,, Time off isn't an issue as long as I give sufficient notice, last year we did 4 contests, ,this year coming up we are only committing to doing 2 for sure,, focusing more on the catering side,, if time and money allows, we'll do more comps. Team is ususally just my wife and I. And we are under tents, ,and I sleep in a chair,, for what little sleep I get, and our closest comp is 3 hrs away.

PatioDaddio
12-04-2008, 10:29 PM
I am a senior web user interface engineer for Supervalu (Albertson's) corporate. I have good PTO and a boss that is flexible. I compete (solo) in an average of three comps a year, on a cot, under a canopy. I'd love to compete more, but almost every comp is a 4+ hour drive out west, and I have three young daughters (10/9/6) that are my first priority.

John

afreemaniii
12-05-2008, 10:52 AM
I am an IT nerd as well....by the way I am surprised by all of us BBQ nerds that are also computer nerds.


Seconded. I was surprised to see the IT theme over and over again as I read the posts. I know we're a great bunch of guys, but never expected this many computer guys to be around.

I'm an IT Director for a courier company in Wisconsin. I have plenty of vacation time, but am always I take a vacation day on the Friday of comps only. I cook with my brother who runs a restaurant so it is harder for him to get away from work. We did three official contests this year and hope to hit 6 or 7 next year. We are tent and chair fellas right now, but are looking to upgrade in the offseason to a trailer.

big brother smoke
12-05-2008, 11:40 AM
I am an assistant dean of students at a university. I used to work from home on Fridays but, I just added a new area to my plate which means no more Fridays from home starting January:frown:. In this economy I am grateful but, it was nice having the flex time I had. Now I am going to be 8-5 M-F.

When I get to do comps between day job and catering, I pretty much go solo and sleep in the truck or my in my chair under the ez-up!

Averaging 3 comps a year.

drbbq
12-05-2008, 12:13 PM
I'm a fake doctor.

Jorge
12-05-2008, 12:13 PM
Code monkey, writing specialized applications primarily for DoD. This coming year I'm taking a break and doing something new that will probably be just as time consuming.

Between work and family obligations I was able to get away once to go cook with Phil. Working for someone else, rather than myself, I expect I'll be more likely to make the time to either cook myself close to home or get away to some of the contests I have on my list.

Jorge
12-05-2008, 12:14 PM
I'm a fake doctor.

You have a great bedside manner though:lol:

ique
12-05-2008, 12:30 PM
I was surprised to see the IT theme over and over again as I read the posts.

The IT guys are the only ones who can get away with hanging out on a BBQ website all day. :wink:

Q Haven
12-05-2008, 01:06 PM
What is your occupation?

I work as Hartford news bureau chief for Metro Networks, a radio news/sports/traffic service owned by Westwood One. Since I make the schedule, taking time off for contests has never been a problem. I also bartend at a country club and with a caterer to earn extra scratch. My wife is a travel agent specializing in Rotary International youth exchange travel.

I am likely going to undergo a forced career change soon, as my company is closing 47 of our 60 bureaus and centralizing operations at 13 regional hubs. Our work is being sent to Rutherford, NJ when the office closes in February. I may stay with the company in some capacity, possibly writing for our national news unit from home. I have ten years in, so I may just take the severance and move on. It's all a little scary with the economy the way it is, but I have some options.

Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends? I have done back to back contests on a few occasions since we began competing, but it is a lot of work. I probably will avoid back to back contests in the future.

Trailer self contained or tent? We have a 19 foot toy hauler which provides us with enough room to haul all our gear, then provide comforts while competing. It's nice having a toilet and shower!

One man team or multiple teammates? The team is mostly me, my wife and my brother. We sometimes recruit others to come help when we vend.

Number of contests per year? 2009 will be our 4th year competing. We did 5 KCBS contests in 2006, seven in 2007, and three in 2008, which was shortened because of the birth of our child in July. We also did a few one day grilling only contests each year.

EarlyBird
12-05-2008, 01:21 PM
What is your occupation?
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
Number of contests per year?

Our team consists or 5 adults and 3 kids. I'm an IT guy for a bankruptcy service provider. I get 4 weeks vacation and take most it one day at a time on Fridays. My wife is a domestic engineer :-P. One of our teammates is a stone mason and his wife is in hospital administration. My retired mom comes and does our boxes. Last season we did 20 contests. With several of them back to back and one strech of 3 in a row. Thats the good part of living in the KC area. There a contest nearby almost every weekend during the season. When my teammate comes he has a 40 ft. 5th wheeler we live in. There were a few contests he could not come or it cost too much for the extra space so we use 2 10x10 EX ups and sleep on an air mattress.

Chris
Early Bird BBQ

Sledneck
12-05-2008, 01:42 PM
Jeeeez talk about a geek squak around here.:tongue: Could somebody please post a "manly" job.

JimDandysNYDan
12-05-2008, 01:50 PM
Jeeeez talk about a geek squak around here.:tongue: Could somebody please post a "manly" job.

I'm a sign maker...kind of a manly job...LOL...Haven't done any comps yet, work for a family business, I will have to beg and plead for a day or 2 off and I'm small enough where I can sleep ion the trunk of my car.:mrgreen:....Eddy Munster mod.

Nature Boy
12-05-2008, 01:59 PM
A thread below asking about cooking three weekends in a row made me curious.
What is your occupation?
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
Number of contests per year?



Graphic artist turned into rub purveyor. Being that contests can actually be considered "business", it is easier for me than some. But still, I have my wife, and she is not wild about me galavantin' around the country like the teams that do 30 or more. We usually get to around 10 per year, unless we get lucky and get invited to the Royal and Jack. Back to back weekends are always tough, especially for my team mates...of which I am lucky to have multiples.

We bought a trailer when we one our first contest 5 years ago, which netted us a shweet $6500. We could not do without the trailer now.

Our key sponsor is Big Green Egg, and the support they give us is valuable. We could not do without our sponsors either. Well...I guess we could, but would have to cut back on the number, and skip the Royal.

I am guessing that as an oral surgeon, the expenses might not be a big issue for you? It is for us.

See you out on the trail!
Chris

Nature Boy
12-05-2008, 02:05 PM
Dang. More than a misspelling. A downright brain fart.

"When we one our first contest"

Hey, I actually DID go to college.

Hee!
Chris

Jacked UP BBQ
12-05-2008, 02:28 PM
Jeeeez talk about a geek squak around here.:tongue: Could somebody please post a "manly" job.

I sell drugs for a living. I stand mostly on street corners on harlem and the bronx. When I am not doing that, I am pimpin hookers at the point and travel across the state lines down to AC to try my luck at craps.

Scottie
12-05-2008, 02:28 PM
Jeeeez talk about a geek squak around here.:tongue: Could somebody please post a "manly" job.


OK, you called me out... I am an Alpaca farmer... Decided to get into them after winning the lottery... and after citrus farming didn't work up here in the North...

Yes, I am able to cook back to back contests. I've been known to do about 12 contests in a row...

Have a 31' rv/toyhauler. It's called a Fun Mover. Basically an RV with a 9' garage in the back that holds my smokers/equipment and becomes my work area.

I compete usually with my girls Zoe, age 11 and Lexi, age 7... My sister is usually around in the summer months as well. I've also been known to go off and cook on my own as well.

Cooked in 25 contests last year. 22 KCBS contests as my team, Qlossal as a SUPER TEAM... :-? and 2 local non sanctioned contests. Got to visit 14 different states last year. Long range goals are to cook in every state. You don't want to know how many miles I logged, way too many.


Scottie

butt head
12-05-2008, 02:32 PM
I'm a fire protection inspector, i basicly go around and piss IT people off by setting off the fire horns and strobe lights will your trying to finnish your work to be off on fridays:lol: [I love my job:icon_cool]. i can take what time i need with notice, we are a 3 man 1 woman team with 5+10 trailer and 10+20 tents. the liver couldn't handle back to back weekends:rolleyes:

Harbormaster
12-05-2008, 02:40 PM
By day I am a mild mannered Sales Engineer for a small telephone company in Madison, WI.
I have only competed once (Sales Engineers are not wealthy), and plan on only doing one, maybe two next year.
I take the Friday off, because I can. I pull a small home-made trailer with my minivan, and if my first comp is any indication, I don't sleep until just before the awards at a comp.
The Wyocena Yacht Club Q Crew is officially a one man show, though I did entice a Brethren to be an assistant this year. My hope is to get my three sons involved in it so they can be my team mates.

The Pickled Pig
12-05-2008, 02:51 PM
I'm a fake doctor.

You have a great bedside manner though:lol:

Bad visual :shock:...must find happy place now.

BigdogKC
12-05-2008, 02:59 PM
Jeeeez talk about a geek squak around here.:tongue: Could somebody please post a "manly" job.

Hey, I have to lift computers and servers occasionally. I also sometimes have to crawl around under desks.

Plus I work for attorneys, so I have the hook ups for suing you if you keep insinuating that we I.T. folk aren't manly!!! :-D

Marsha
12-05-2008, 02:59 PM
What is your occupation?
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Trailer self contained or tent?
One man team or multiple team mates (partners)
Number of contests per year?

I am a web devloper at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and Steve is a cook for the county of Santa Cruz Juvenile Detention Center.

We have a 24 BBQ trailer with a Bushrod's smoker. The trailer has 3 sinks and hot and cold water, large storage area and a freezer in the back room.

My brother used to compete with Steve, but he lost interest so now I guess I am a team member. But we don't compete very often because we do lots of catering and vend at various festivals and such in our area. Vending and catering keeps us busy almost every weekend from May through the beginning of October.

Stiltz6ft9in
12-05-2008, 03:09 PM
What is your occupation?
I am the Desktop & Help Desk System Administrator for Fairmount Minerals LTD.

Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Not really, I am still the "New Guy" and don't have a lot of vacation. I also have not competed yet. I want to get some experience before I try it on my own.

Trailer self contained or tent?
At this point I would say tent.

One man team or multiple team mates (partners)
Right now I'm a one man team, but maybe looking to create a team.

Number of contests per year?
0 Right now. Hopefully 1 or 2 this year just helping out.

River City Smokehouse
12-05-2008, 07:40 PM
Jeeeez talk about a geek squak around here.:tongue: Could somebody please post a "manly" job.
I am a truck driver for the Missouri Department of Corrections. I spend a lot of my days in prison. Hope that's manly enough for you Sled?

chromesporty
12-05-2008, 08:59 PM
I work as the plans examiner for the City of Mesquite, Building Inspection Dept. 8-5 Mon-Fri. No problem taking half or full Fridays, depending on the contest.

Team consist of me and a neighbor. He's an electrical engineer.

We do 10 contests a year, with Terrell and Mesquite being the only back to back.

We sleep on an air mattress in a tent that fits on the back of my pickup.

C Rocke
12-06-2008, 12:25 AM
I have no idea what I do anymore... Lotta years in the Pharma business. Couple of comps per year as time allows. Have my van and trailered smoker. Sleep under the stars, in the van, motorhome, chair, or any semi horizontal surface after the 4Q potluck.

BBQ Bandit
12-06-2008, 06:23 AM
I am a truck driver for the Missouri Department of Corrections. I spend a lot of my days in prison. Hope that's manly enough for you Sled?


What is your occupation?
Under my profile... am too a truck driver contracted through the County prisons throughout PA. Saw my share of them... and direct contact with the inmates as well.

However I do go home every night.

Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Not even on the horizon.

Trailer self contained or tent?
Will be a little of both -designing the trailer on paper now.

One man team or multiple team mates (partners)
Looking ay a two person (hopefully)

Number of contests per year?
Don't see it happening more than 6 times a year (financially)



All the above will be moot if our budget crumbles.

JD McGee
12-06-2008, 02:36 PM
What is your occupation?

Currently I'm a Machine Shop Supervisor for a composites testing facility...I was a Repair Machinist for 20 years in the US Navy...and a Toolmaker for the last 10 years. :cool:

Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?

I try to do some kind of BBQ every weekend...:-P

Trailer self contained or tent?

Tent...(for now)...:twisted:

One man team or multiple team mates (partners)

Just my wife and I...:-P

Number of contests per year?

We are planning to do 5 or 6 this year

smoke-n-my-i's
12-07-2008, 04:26 PM
A thread below asking about cooking three weekends in a row made me curious.
What is your occupation?
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
Number of contests per year?

I am an oral surgeon, one man team with occasional helper cooking under a tent. No way I can cook back to back. It wears me out. I try and cook 2 or 3 contests in Arkansas. Maybe more when I retire. I also judge 2 or 3 contests per year. Time is limited.

HVAC mechanic at a teaching hospital...

I have plenty of time, so if I did them, it is very possible to take the time off. I only get 325 hrs a year PTO.... :rolleyes:

I have a trailer, but not self contained. My wife and daughter sleep in the trailer on a blow up mattress. I get my winks in the chair.

We are a family team, so we have to do it all ourselves. It is hard for my wife to get the time off as well as our daughter time off of school. So, we are limited there as to how many we can do a year.

The most we have done is 3 in one year. I did (myself) help out another team on a couple of contests though. I am not sure yet how many we will do under our name next year, or how many I will do with the other team that I help out. I will help him out when needed again next year. The most we have traveled is abt 4 hrs each way.

Would I do 3 weekends in a row, it depends on how far away they are, and if I could recruit help as I know my wife and daughter would not be able to do 3 in a row if school is in.

frankenswine
12-07-2008, 05:01 PM
Back to back weekends are ok. I am an RF technician for a cell phone compay, and get 5wks of vacation a yr. Atleast for now who knows about next week. I usually cook by myself, so no sleeping or a few little cat naps in the chair.But sometimes my wife comes out to help. I did 4 comps last year, but might cut back this year.

CTSmokehouse
12-07-2008, 07:01 PM
I'm a fake doctor.


So where is Sled and Clint when we need them...?

I'm in the process of tasting an 1989 Morgon Jean Descombes that I was told at a recent wine tasting would take on the character of a pinot noir from Burgundy...Yes...

I'm also cooking a brisket chili with smoked ancho chillies home grown...

Dr. BBQ has had a positive influence in my BBQ experience...

In my estimation he is a real Dr.

I myself am a Veterinarian in private practice who loves to cook....

Yours in BBQ,

Cliff

BTW... We cut our trees today in the snow, we rang for Salvation Army yesterday!

FatBoyz
12-07-2008, 07:09 PM
i transport illegal alians over the boarder and cocane...dont get pissed at me someone has to do it.as you might think i can have all the help i need cheep...

now that obama is pres though i can go home sit on my ass and colect welfare so i think i will give up the tranzport biz

rookiedad
12-08-2008, 09:39 AM
i'm a barber. i work fri, sat and sun, so i have to take off a day to compete. thanks to my brothers who set up and get things going on sat i am able to show up at about seven sat night. we did BBB#1 and BBB#2 in sayville which is only ten minutes from my house so it has not been to bad but we are going to try to do three or four this season. it gets more fun all the time so we gotta keep finding ways to get out there. for us it is becoming an important family event. nothing beats the sight of all the kids dancing around and chewing on ribs after turn in time!

beam boys bbq
12-08-2008, 06:42 PM
i am an liquor sales rep for major brands in missouri

we do about 70% of our business from sep to jan 1 so there is no time off during this time make all the money i can to pay for next season :-P

fridays are meeting days so i hand my boss the contest scheduel at the first of the year and he knows i will be gone and durring sep to jan i give him an 110% back and we are all happey:-P

york

Smoky River BBQ
12-09-2008, 10:24 AM
I am an Engineering Technician, and with 15 years on the job, I can pretty much take off when I want to. It allows me to do back to backs, but sometimes the money doesn't! :cry: It is me, my wife and 8 year old son that makes up the team. I do most of the cooking, and my wife preps the chicken and boxes. My son is the official taste tester!
We have a toy hauler/camper that we just got this year. Before it was canopies and lawn chairs. I like the camper better!! We try to do 5 - 6 comps a year, and finally we are getting more closer to home, which will help!

This is going to be a long winter.......

Trainwreck
12-09-2008, 12:57 PM
What is your occupation?
I am a purchasing and operations manager for an electrical contractor. Had to give up the field stuff.
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Not a chance in hell. I cant go a day with out them calling at least once.
Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
I borrow a 6x10 trailer right now but usually sleep wherever I pass out. Sometimes the trailer floor sometimes a chair and sometimes...
One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
My wife shows up on turn in day to do the boxes and I have my FIL along for company but I pretty much do everything myself. I try to have some helpers for setup and to keep an eye on pit temps while I am out roaming around.
Number of contests per year?
1 in 07, 2 in 08, and hopefully at least 4-5 next year. All depends on cash flow. Ideally I would like to do 5-10 a year.

ole'e
12-09-2008, 02:37 PM
Occupation: I am a Burn Nurse and I work 36hrs a week.

Back to Back: We did 18 contests last year a few being the brides maid to Plowboy and HoDeDo.

Team: I have one other team member which keeps it simple and we stay in a 26ft work and play.

Shotgun
12-09-2008, 05:13 PM
I own and operate a electrical contracting company. I make sure that the jobs are scheduled around my contests. I have a 26' TT and the team consists of 2 very good helpers and 1 professional drinker, of course I could fall into this category from time to time.

smoke showin'
12-09-2008, 06:23 PM
firefighter practice @ work perfect on weekend only cook contest in winter time here too hot June -Oct Ole'e you are doing god's work thank you!!!

The_Kapn
12-09-2008, 07:49 PM
There are some really interesting and challenging occupations listed above.
I am a slacker :lol:


.
What is your occupation?
Retired--Very Retired :lol:

Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
YUP!! If we can come up with the $$ :oops:

Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
Cheketta plus trucks or cots.

One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
Brent (Smokin' Gator) and I.
Chad when he is available.

Number of contests per year?
5 (I think) in 2008 and probably 12-15 for 2009 since we are scoring (cooking right) now.



TIM

TELL YOU WHAT BBQ
12-09-2008, 08:20 PM
Longest stretch this year was seven BBQ weekends in a row...

WOW...that is VERY impressive. I don't know WHAT I would LOSE first!!

Wife?
Liver?
or Bank account?!!! Actually, it would be all THREE!!!

billm
12-10-2008, 05:00 AM
lots of IT guys here!
Ive been in IT as well for 25 years as a hardware/software support person (back when it was still called IS :))
Mainly desktop support now so I dont have to do weekends, overnighters, callouts etc all that much anymore although my weekends have been devoted to my sauce business the last year or so which cuts in to my comp time excet for a couple local ones

Capt ron
12-10-2008, 05:27 AM
What is your occupation?
Maintenance Mechanic at Community College
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Yes, Work 4 day weeks in the summer
Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
Have 2-10x10 tents with side... Works fine for me!
One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
We are a 3 man team now... Was 4 but things happen...
Number of contests per year?
Started out at 1 in 2005 and are up to 3-4 in 2008

bbqdavarrow
12-10-2008, 06:37 AM
What is your occupation?
own my own printing & sign company
Does it allow you to cook back-to-back Weekends?
Never did it yet, possible this year, so yes
Trailer self contained:lol: or tent?:cry:
Have 3-10x10 tents with sides... Looking for trailer
One man team:cry: or multiple team mates (partners):lol:
Myself, wife, 13 year old daughter, and another family of 4 come to certain events
Number of contests per year?
have done 3 this past year shooting for 5

dave
RED PLANET BBQ