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musicmanryann
02-20-2009, 02:59 PM
I have honestly been viewing and posting to this site for almost a year now and it just came to my attention that I am supposed to put up some information about myself here.

Anyway, my name is Ryan Newstrom and I am a 29 year old guy from Ames, Iowa. Originally from Des Moines, I am a proud Iowan and don't plan on ever leavin'. I am happily married to the greatest woman on earth for over 5 and a half years, no kids yet, but eventually.

I work for the County I live in--Story as a Planner. It is something I enjoy, but my true love is cooking. I have been cooking for as long as I can remember and got in to barbeque since my twenties and had access to my own grill. I learned most of what I know from my father, Terry, who is the best cook I knew growing up (although now I am starting to catch up with him :wink:).

It is with him that last summer we decided to start a competition barbeque team--Big T'z Q Cru. My dad is 6'5'' and 275lbs, so everyone calls him Big T, hence the name. He lives in the Twin Cities and lost his job last winter due to the crappy economy, so I thought it would be a good idea to do this as a way to keep him busy and for us to spend more time together.

After spending most of the Spring and Summer last year getting prepared and planning for our first competition, we competed in the Nevada Kiwanis Club BBQ Comp. Through that we learned a ton and met some great people. We also used it as an excuse to get our family and friends to come see us and sample some free food.:-D We didn't place well overall, but ended up taking 6th place in Brisket out of 28 teams, which was awesome! We even took a picture of our $25 check to catalogue our victory. :biggrin:

After that first competition, we are looking forward to getting more involved this season. I am working on a website to keep all those interested informed about our team and schedule. If any of you are interested in visiting here is the url:

http://sites.google.com/site/bigtzqcru/

It is still very rough, but you can see some information about the team as well as pictures of my dad, me and the rest of our cru. By the way, we spell crew that way because I am also a big wine geek and it is a holla back to the "Cru" wines from France.

When I am not cooking q and working I sing in my local community choir (I was a vocal music major at Luther College) and brew my own cider and beer. I am starting a batch of IPA this weekend.:-D I also enjoy working with wood, golfing and bow hunting.

Anyway, looking forward to spending more time on here getting to know the rest of the Brethren and meeting many of you on the circuit in the future! Take care!

~Ryan

BBQ Grail
02-20-2009, 03:08 PM
Welcome Ryan!

Glad to have you "officially" here. Great introduction.

bbqbull
02-20-2009, 03:13 PM
Welcome to the forum Ryan!

BBQ Bandit
02-20-2009, 03:15 PM
Glad you finally showed up... here in Cattle call.
BTW: nuttin' wrong with q'n with Dad.

Welcome to the madness!

Bob S
02-20-2009, 03:42 PM
Welcome Ryan!

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
02-20-2009, 03:55 PM
Enjoyed your intro. Now, don't you feel much better? :biggrin:

Westexbbq
02-20-2009, 03:59 PM
Welcome to the camp,
Ryan.
Enjoy.

FatBellyBBQ
02-20-2009, 04:12 PM
Welcome Ryan

Midnight Smoke
02-20-2009, 04:16 PM
Hello and Welcome!

EatonHoggBBQ
02-20-2009, 05:12 PM
Hi Ryan, nice to meet you.

moocow
02-20-2009, 05:17 PM
Welcome

Pig Headed
02-20-2009, 07:44 PM
Welcome aboard Ryan.

bigabyte
02-20-2009, 08:12 PM
Welcome to the looney bin!:cool:

Frank Sacco
02-20-2009, 08:34 PM
Welcome aboard!

LMAJ
02-20-2009, 09:18 PM
Welcome to the party!

Divemaster
02-20-2009, 09:44 PM
Welcome to the addiction (at last)... Remember, there is no 12 step program for us!!!

Harbormaster
02-20-2009, 09:56 PM
When can we expect the second chapter? I was riveted!
I kid I KID!!
Welcome to the best clubhouse on the web!

Rookie'48
02-20-2009, 10:38 PM
Welcome to our crazy little club house!

cheez59
02-21-2009, 06:29 AM
Glad you finally broke through. Welcome.

MilitantSquatter
02-21-2009, 06:51 AM
Well it's about time !!

Welcome !!

Trucky1008
02-21-2009, 08:02 AM
Welcome Ryan. That's great that you get to spend a lot of time with your Dad!

chromesporty
02-21-2009, 09:22 AM
Welcome!

Big George's BBQ
02-21-2009, 08:34 PM
Welcome

Bbq Bubba
02-21-2009, 08:53 PM
Welcome to the jungle! :cool:

biffleg
02-21-2009, 09:37 PM
Welcome aboard!

frognot
02-22-2009, 03:54 AM
Welcome aboard Ryan!

scottyd
02-22-2009, 09:57 AM
Welcome aboard Ryan

pat
02-22-2009, 10:17 AM
Welcome Ryan. I work for the county too...Polk. Oh and I love home brew!

VGuilford
02-22-2009, 11:30 AM
Welcome

Mad Max
02-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Welcome Ryan, nice intro. and make yourself at home.

garyk1398
02-22-2009, 02:07 PM
Welcome!

BBQ_MAFIA
02-22-2009, 03:24 PM
Welcome