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Ron_L
07-01-2009, 06:14 PM
What do other do with the meat that is left after a competition? I've been freezing some and giving some to friends and relatives, but the freezer and the friends and relatives are full :-D

I've seen a couple of references to selling the leftovers. How much do you charge, how to you package it and how do you find buyers? Also, any health department issues?

Just curious.

Plowboy
07-01-2009, 06:16 PM
I store them in my freezer and use them for vending and catering. Right now, my freezer is empty.

Food pantries are a good option.

Scottie
07-01-2009, 06:29 PM
I vacuum seal it and throw it in the freezer. My girls now sell it at our golf outing for $10 a pound and it all goes to the foundation. It sells out every year.

I also sell a few contests to some guys at work. They completely overpay, but they do it as a sponsorship kind of thing for my team. So I usually will cook a few extra racks of ribs for those.

Also give some to my peeps at the beef plant where I get my briskets.

I can tell you one thing for sure. I do not eat any of it! Even though I break them down into nice little 1 pound packages.

Scottie

n-2-que
07-01-2009, 06:45 PM
We feed the wifes employees our way of making them all happy.

The Pickled Pig
07-01-2009, 07:05 PM
We throw chicken out, save some of the rest for team parties, and give some to friends and family.

Rub
07-01-2009, 07:49 PM
I packaged mine up and gave them to my fuel sponsor last year. Worked out real nice, but of course he's dropped me now. Suppose it was the food? :confused: :icon_bugeyed

Now I pack it up, freeze some, eat some for lunches at work, give away the rest.

Smokin Mike
07-01-2009, 08:15 PM
We throw chicken out, save some of the rest for team parties, and give some to friends and family.


that is what I do usually, :icon_cool

Sidw
07-01-2009, 08:57 PM
Take it home and freezer pack it. Eat some on nights I stay up later than I should - give some to family or friends - really need to find a shelter or mission to give it to.

Jacked UP BBQ
07-01-2009, 09:12 PM
I vend so I sell it at the comp the day of, if not i freeze for the next gig. i also buy from any reputable teams that have left overs.

warfrat
07-01-2009, 11:01 PM
After I have my traditional Sunday afternoon brisket sandwich :wink: I share some with friends/family/co-workers and freeze the rest, though I don't know why? :-? Before I started doing these competitions I actually liked to eat BBQ all the time but now I just can't indulge like I used to. Hmmm...:sad:

fil
07-01-2009, 11:06 PM
We stop by the pool hall that sponsors some of our stuff and toss it on the bar and get the heck out of the way. They love it when we do a contest lol.


fil

Rick's Tropical Delight
07-02-2009, 05:46 AM
We throw chicken out, save some of the rest for team parties, and give some to friends and family.

why do you throw the chicken out?

Diva Q
07-02-2009, 07:15 AM
I use a lot of it in different recipes. This weeks menu included brisket bites in gravy with mashed potatoes, burn ends in tomato sauce with spaghetti and shredded chicken fajitas.

I do give away a bunch to the Traeger guys. Plus small catering jobs are filled from the reserves in the freezer.

willkat98
07-02-2009, 07:15 AM
Have you thought about shrink wrapping and giving a call to Hesed House in Aurora.

I bet they would not only accept it, but give you a receipt as well.

Feeding hungry people with left over quality food, and a tax deduction all in one swing.

There are also 2 other food banks/missions in the area, but the names escape me.

I don't think Batavia has that problem :wink:

Diva Q
07-02-2009, 07:18 AM
Have you thought about shrink wrapping and giving a call to Hesed House in Aurora.

I bet they would not only accept it, but give you a receipt as well.

Feeding hungry people with left over quality food, and a tax deduction all in one swing.

There are also 2 other food banks/missions in the area, but the names escape me.

I don't think Batavia has that problem :wink:

Last year we approached two organizations about donating the leftover meat. We were tuned down both times as they could not guarantee the premises and did not want to take on any liability.

Balls Casten
07-02-2009, 07:33 AM
We stop by the pool hall that sponsors some of our stuff and toss it on the bar and get the heck out of the way. They love it when we do a contest lol.
fil

Ditto here, I smoke the bar's favorite type of meat ... free!

billm
07-02-2009, 07:51 AM
Have you thought about shrink wrapping and giving a call to Hesed House in Aurora.

I bet they would not only accept it, but give you a receipt as well.

Feeding hungry people with left over quality food, and a tax deduction all in one swing.

There are also 2 other food banks/missions in the area, but the names escape me.

I don't think Batavia has that problem :wink:

the food kitchens ive approached wont accept it..its a shame but its the reality of it..My kid works at McDonalds and its amazing the amount of food they throw out at end of day ..back when I worked there in the 70's employees wereable to bring home..now its all about liability
That being said I bring to work, freeze for quick dinners during the week, and give out to some of the stores that carry my sauce
I dont know..selling leftover food to people seems a bit weird to me ..but thats me

The Pickled Pig
07-02-2009, 07:55 AM
why do you throw the chicken out?


1) I'm not a big fan of leftover chicken. It doesn't reheat well.
2) We leave it sitting out until done with turn-ins (90 minutes later) and I don't take chances with chicken
3) Chicken is cheap and I don't feel guilty about wasting it.:eek:

Ron_L
07-02-2009, 09:26 AM
the food kitchens ive approached wont accept it..its a shame but its the reality of it..My kid works at McDonalds and its amazing the amount of food they throw out at end of day ..back when I worked there in the 70's employees wereable to bring home..now its all about liability
That being said I bring to work, freeze for quick dinners during the week, and give out to some of the stores that carry my sauce
I dont know..selling leftover food to people seems a bit weird to me ..but thats me

We've run into the same thing with the local food pantry.

For the next couple of comps we're going to give the leftovers to my BIL and SIL. They are having a Luau later this month and I normally bring ribs or pulled pork, but we're competing that weekend so we're sending food in our place :-D

HBMTN
07-02-2009, 09:54 AM
I bring it home and freeze it, then wait 6 months and throw it away. I have considered taking a large pan of it to the judges tent for all of the volunteers after judging is over, but my wife always insists on taking it home and freezing it. Then she never wants to eat it unless it is fresh and it gets canned. Maybe one day she will let me give it away.

Podge
07-02-2009, 10:08 AM
If i'm by myself, 100% of it goes into the trash. I don't want to mess with it.. I'f my wife or whoever is with me, they pack it up and do whatever with it.

kunzbrew&bbq
07-02-2009, 10:47 AM
I bring them into my office, and my coworkers do a number on them.

Alexa RnQ
07-02-2009, 10:59 AM
I dont know..selling leftover food to people seems a bit weird to me ..but thats me
Some people specifically ask for comp food. They love the idea of "contest food" and knowing the placing of the food they're eating!

We generally have only a couple pieces of chicken left over, so if someone doesn't want to taste it (*I* won't ick ick ick) it hits the trash, because even in the food holder who wants to eat old chicken? Ribs and pork get bagged up and speed-chilled, some gets vac'd for sale and sometimes it comes home. We always bring our own brisket home to eat.

All this is bearing in mind that in our WSMs we don't cook the huge volumes of meat that some teams do.

CivilWarBBQ
07-04-2009, 07:15 PM
In addition to the ideas noted above (sponsors, vending, family, etc) here are a couple things we do that haven't been mentioned:

1) Feed the cops and firemen. We may not win at every contest we go to, but we have friends on the force in every town we've visited.

2) Barter! Lot's of folks are very interested in getting some competition BBQ and are willing to make a trade. We've had particularly good luck with hotel clerks. For example, the last contest we cooked we swapped a half pan of leftovers for a fifty dollar a night reduction in our room rate. A hundred dollar return off 3-4 pounds of meat is a pretty good deal, even if some of it is Wagyu.

Big George's BBQ
07-04-2009, 09:04 PM
We freeze some and my son takes the rest to work. They like it when he comes in after a Comp

Double D's BBQ
07-05-2009, 08:34 AM
We put everything that doesn't make the turn in cut in aluminum pans take a break for an hour and when we come back the meat is always gone. I'm like others on this forum and can't even think about eating BBQ after cooking for a couple of days. Also don't really having any desire in bringing it home either.

voodoobbqIL
07-05-2009, 11:32 AM
WE do the local firehouse thing, the guys love it and fortunately they are very bored around here when it comes to fire calls. Coincidentally the guys the cut our lawn are from the fire department so they can always find folks to give it to.
The Sunday after big contests we invite all the neighbors over and I take out the tables from the RV which need to be hosed and sanitized anyway and we have a big feast right in the driveway, someone brings sides, drinks, etc. and no I usually don't have any either,

ChiTown_Porker
07-06-2009, 10:28 AM
Hey Ron, I don't think i'm that far away. Give me a shout when you've got too much bbq on your hands! I'm always willing to help out where I can.

Greg60525
07-06-2009, 12:28 PM
Enough family and friends show up at the comp that there is not much left. I even have to make an extra brisket to make sure there is enough to go around. I'm not sure how much food you all are cooking, but I'm now doing 3 briskets, 2 butts, 4 slabs of ribs and 24 pcs. of chicken. If there is anything left I take it home and the kids devour it.

BoneDaddy's
07-07-2009, 06:24 AM
We have the same liability issue when we have lunch parties at work. The shelters in Boston don't want the liability of leftovers.

CajunSmoker
07-07-2009, 06:37 AM
I feed mine to my dogs. They always give me good scores:biggrin:

JD McGee
07-07-2009, 06:29 PM
What do other do with the meat that is left after a competition? I've been freezing some and giving some to friends and relatives, but the freezer and the friends and relatives are full :-D

I've seen a couple of references to selling the leftovers. How much do you charge, how to you package it and how do you find buyers? Also, any health department issues?

Just curious.

I send out an e-mail at work a week before a comp...so far all the meats have been pre-sold. All I charge is for the meat, spices, and charcoal. it helps me to defray the costs and give the folks at work some killer Q...(IMHO) :-P

I do the same thing for practice runs...:biggrin:

Skinny Cook
07-07-2009, 08:29 PM
IF I don't have a meat sponsor that wants them, I give mine to a local church food pantry. :smile:

Divemaster
07-08-2009, 08:21 AM
During the fall comps and winter practices it's never a problem... I just send it to my daughter and her roommates... Let's see, 4 girls with boy friends, no left overs...

During the summer, I just bring it into work... Last thing I want to eat is comp food...

Brew-B-Q
07-08-2009, 09:12 AM
I tend to give it away to my neighbors and family. I find that the more I compete, the less I eat bbq. I'd gladly trade some brisket for taco bell on the way home from a competition.