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motoeric
01-25-2009, 06:20 PM
Hi,

I know that this is an odd request, but I need your input on what you would consider the 5 most emblematic steps are for a competition (culminating with turn ins).

Would it be:
1) Get Plot
2) Set-Up
3) Prep Meat
4) Smoke Meat
5) Arrange Turn-in box

Would it be:
1) Register
2) Travel to event
3) Prep Food
4) Arrange Box
5) Get to Judges tent

Something else? Replace any of the above with something else?

If you had to breakdown a competition from start to turn-ins, what 5 segments stand out most in your mind?

Thanks!

Eric

jgh1204
01-25-2009, 06:59 PM
1 Inventory & Organize stuff taking to comp.
2. Setup and Prep
3. Cook
4. Turn in Boxes
5. Relax, it is over.

I have only done 1 comp but those were the most important to me.

nthole
01-25-2009, 07:07 PM
Packing
Setup
Trimming & Prepping
Cooking
Building the Boxes

Cooking to me is actually the easiest part of the 5. We don't try to sweat temp spikes, odd smoke, or off things, we just let it go and try to make it pretty. 'Course, the highest we've ever placed was 5th, so ... maybe we should pay more attention!!!

The sixth one, and maybe the most important really is to have fun, during the whole process. Even during the stressful turn-in times, crack some jokes, take 2min and have a beer. Relish the moment. You may not win a prize, but the people you meet and the memories you take to us are really more important.

Smokin Mike
01-25-2009, 07:22 PM
never been to a contest yet, love to see what folks say!

thanks for askin

mean to say starting in a month!

Plowboy
01-25-2009, 10:33 PM
set up
prep
cook
turn in
awards

If it has to end with Turn In

set up
prep
light pit (hit ON button)
cook
turn in

Bbq Bubba
01-26-2009, 05:25 AM
If it has to end with Turn In

set up
prep
plug in extension cord
light pit (hit ON button)
cook
turn in


Hey, thats 6......:twisted:

Set-up
Prep meat, boxes and drink
Cook
Turn-in
Break down

Butt-A-Bing!
01-26-2009, 07:37 AM
I don't know 'bout ya'll but mine is:

Setup
Drink beer
Cook
Drink beer
Turn in

Chris

paydabill
01-26-2009, 07:48 AM
1 Inventory & Organize stuff taking to comp.
2. Setup and Prep
3. Cook
4. Turn in Boxes
5. Relax, it is over.

I have only done 1 comp but those were the most important to me.


I would go with this.

timzcardz
01-26-2009, 08:08 AM
Let's see.

1) Camaraderie
2) Camaraderie
3) Camaraderie
4) Camaraderie
5) Turn-in

ThomEmery
01-26-2009, 08:13 AM
1 Make the Money to pay for this habit

Sledneck
01-26-2009, 08:16 AM
1. Drink
2. Drink
3. Drink.
4. Drink
5. Pee

MAsQue
01-26-2009, 08:17 AM
1 Make the Money to pay for this habit

You owe me one keyboard.

Jacked UP BBQ
01-26-2009, 08:34 AM
1. Drink
2. Drink
3. Drink.
4. Drink
5. Pee

Dang - you beat me to it.

Podge
01-26-2009, 09:17 AM
1. pick contest
2. quality meat
3. fresh rub
4. proper doneness
5. pretty box.

YankeeBBQ
01-26-2009, 09:50 AM
(1) Shop for contest including finding bleeping decent garnish
(2) Drive the dang 7 or 8 hours to get there (ugh)
(3) Find somone who knows where you supposed to setup (this can be a pain)
(4) Setup, prep, socialize cook turn in (this is all fun stuff even setup)
(5) Tear down (oh my head) and drive the 7 or 8 hours home

Scottie
01-26-2009, 10:12 AM
I agree with Steve's interpretation...

Alexa RnQ
01-26-2009, 10:36 AM
I have to ask, why five?

1. Get there
2. Win
3. Go home

No, that was the a$$hole answer. Seriously, I can break it down into more than five things, each of which is critical to the desired end result. If one of them isn't "on", the whole outing is jacked.

So why five? What do we mean by "emblematic"? Clearly, I'm overthinking this.
How about the five stages that have a distinctly different feel for us:

1. Get there -- buying, packing, travel, setup
2. Prep stage -- all the things we do prior to actually setting meat to fire
3. Cook phase -- culminating with staging in boxes, and turn-ins. This is our zen time, when the focus is only on the work at hand, and everything else goes away for a while.
4. Relax -- This where we have our fun, it's not "business" anymore. We should start cleaning up and packing right away, but we almost never do. It's time to take a breather, stop being so focused, put our feet up, socialize some, and be in a good mood to go to awards and cheer for all our friends.
5. Pack and go -- we almost always have a long haul to get back home.

Butcher BBQ
01-26-2009, 10:55 AM
If your new at this, and you might be since you ask this question. How about starting with :
1-practice at home
2-practice at home with comp turn in times
3-practice at home with comp turn in times and makeing boxes
4-practice at home

Mutha Chicken BBQ
01-26-2009, 11:14 AM
I personally need a 12 step program!

Hi My name is Mutha chicken And I'm an Addict! :shock::-D:lol:

Big Ugly's BBQ
01-26-2009, 11:46 AM
I agree with Dan, baby steps! Followed by the "where the fark is farkin timeline spreadsheet!" Its never is packed in the same place twice.

I need a drink, and a cigar!:rolleyes:

cmcadams
01-26-2009, 11:55 AM
Mine are:
1. Learn how to cook
2. Get to contest
3. Try to get teammate to do most of the setup work
4. Cook
5. turn in
6 Realize I still can't cook
7. Wearily pack up
8. Drive home and unpack while dead tired.

motoeric
01-26-2009, 01:05 PM
To clarify: I am looking for the five steps, with the 5th being turn-ins, that mean the most to YOU. The five steps that seem to best encapsulate your competition experience.

Thanks. I appreciate the input.


Eric

Brew-B-Q
01-26-2009, 02:47 PM
1 - Pre-Comp work...obtain all necessary supplies, trim meat, pack truck.
2 - Set-up shop and get wash / rinse / sanitize buckets in place
3 - Prep meats
4 - Cook meats & Socialize
5 - Turn in boxes

Does that help?

garyk1398
01-26-2009, 03:35 PM
That was about clear as mud. :rolleyes: Pretty much sounds one should drink and be merry, if there is time for it turn in a box and see what happens!:lol: I need to give this comp thing a whirl, right up my alley:!:

Just Pulin' Pork
01-26-2009, 04:05 PM
This is absolutley one of the funniest threads I have read! Love the ideas.

Diva
01-27-2009, 12:17 PM
I would think that having good communication with the organizer PRIOR to the cookoff would be the most important thing.

Bentley
01-27-2009, 03:07 PM
Hi,

you would consider the 5 most emblematic steps are for a competition (culminating with turn ins).

Would it be:
1) Get Plot
2) Set-Up
3) Prep Meat
4) Smoke Meat
5) Arrange Turn-in box

Would it be:
1) Register
2) Travel to event
3) Prep Food
4) Arrange Box
5) Get to Judges tent

If you had to breakdown a competition from start to turn-ins, what 5 segments stand out most in your mind?

Thanks!

Eric

Once I found out what emblematic ment I tried to answer. I could not figure out which of yours applied the most...I would have to say all are of a competition.

For me I guess it would be cooking and crowing of the Champion.

Big George's BBQ
01-27-2009, 03:14 PM
1. Organize things and Pack Truck.
2. Set up and Prep food
3. Walk around and see friends, meet new friends, and look at others set ups
4. cook
5. Turn in

smoke-n-my-i's
01-28-2009, 06:46 PM
Its never is packed in the same place twice.



It is amazing how that happens. I have the same problem.... I think the nightshift gremlins come and move stuff just to aggrivate me.... Then the drive home juggles things around some more, then when I think I found it, the drive to the comp juggles it again.... no matter how much I mark the boxes, lock the lids, and tie them in place, stuff just mingles in places other than where their are put.... Either that, or someone is messing with what little bit of my mind I have left.... :confused:

JD McGee
01-28-2009, 07:01 PM
1. Game plan...(Competition inventory checklist, marinades, injections, rubs, prep times, cooking times and temps, fuel, smokewoods, which pits to use for which meats, pit firing times...)

2. Set up / meat prep...per game plan

3. Fire up pits...per game plan

4. Prep boxes for turn ins...per game plan...

5. Crunch time and Pray...per game plan! :twisted: