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MrMike
08-19-2009, 09:53 PM
A recent thread asked about the amount of meat you make for comp. 2 Butts, 2 briskets, 4-6 slabs of ribs and 16 chicken thighs seems to be the amount. How much of this is actually turned in? I was under the impression that one box per category gets turned in. And I know that the teams usually can't give it away what's left as samples or sell it. How much are you generally left with?

Alexa RnQ
08-19-2009, 09:55 PM
We're generally left with quite a bit. But given how variable individual pieces of meat can be, I want some insurance. And if it's costing us $1000 to pull out of the driveway, $100 of meat is not going to stop me from getting the best result that we possibly can.

Diva Q
08-19-2009, 10:01 PM
We're generally left with quite a bit. But given how variable individual pieces of meat can be, I want some insurance. And if it's costing us $1000 to pull out of the driveway, $100 of meat is not going to stop me from getting the best result that we possibly can.

yup what that Diva said

BBQchef33
08-19-2009, 10:06 PM
we do 3 briskets, 3 butts(actually 4 because they come in 2 packs), 6 racks of ribs and 30 pieces of chicken. Extra chicken is becase we eat it! The third brisket(usually a small one or one we can use as a real primary) is a sacrafice for burnt ends.

leftover gets given away to friends, or a food kitchen if one is made availablle at the contest site.

in a box is a minimum of 6 ribs, 6 pieces or portions of chicken, 6 slices or portion of brisket and 6 slices or portions of pork.

afreemaniii
08-20-2009, 05:53 AM
We try to give away as much as possible to our friends and family that stop by the comp. Anything that's left is either eaten during the week or frozen for later.

Sawdustguy
08-20-2009, 05:57 AM
It's really simple. Not all meat is created equal. You cook multiples so you can choose the best of what you have prepared to turn in to the judges. Lets put it this way......You cook one brisket, it turns out to be very dry, you have no chance. We have cooked two briskets at a contest where one was very dry and the other one was super moist. If we would have cooked only one brisket it would have been a crap shoot.

Lake Dogs
08-20-2009, 05:59 AM
Diva said it straight up. You never want to get caught having to present sub-par Q in a turn-in box. You want the absolute best pieces of pork (across both shoulders), the best pieces of ribs, etc. You want the turn-in box to be full of meat, without overcrowding. Depending on the size of the chickens, we'll try to fit 8 pieces in there;
neatly and cleanly arranged.

Give yourself options to choose what looks best (assuming all of the pieces will taste the same).

The remainder, eat, give away, use it as hair tonic, whatever...

BBQ_Mayor
08-20-2009, 06:50 AM
We do 2 butts, 2 briskets, 3 racks of ribs and 16 chicken pieces.

I would like to see KCBS come up with a rule that sets the amount of meat you can cook at a comp. I think it would really bring out the skills. You work with what you have.

Buster Dog BBQ
08-20-2009, 07:27 AM
We do 2 butts, 2 briskets, 3 racks of ribs and 16 chicken pieces.

I would like to see KCBS come up with a rule that sets the amount of meat you can cook at a comp. I think it would really bring out the skills. You work with what you have.
How about 1 butt, 1 brisket, 1 rack of ribs and 1 chicken breast to cut into 6 pieces?

We cook 2 briskets, 2 butts, 3 racks of ribs and 12-16 chicken. Mostly because that is how they (except brisket) come packaged.

RobKC
08-20-2009, 07:47 AM
Pretty much the same with us.... 16 pieces of chicken, 6 slabs, 2 butts, 2 briskets.

At Raytown this year, we turned in 7 slices of briskets, but it took both briskets to get those 7 slices. Last weekend, we cooked a packer and a flat and could have turned in 30 slices.

Big Mike's BBQ
08-20-2009, 08:42 AM
I do not think that it would make a difference if KCBS set a limit on how much you could cook. The difference is more with the guys that do this for a living and have cases and cases of meat that they go through in a weeks time to pull out the best they can find. Do get me wrong I am not blaming these guys, I would do the same thing if I could.

Big Mike

Lake Dogs
08-20-2009, 10:20 AM
MrMike, REAL MEN dont make mistakes and can go with 6 thighs, 1 small brisket, 1 rack of ribs, and a pork butt.

The rest of us beer drankin' SOAB's need spares!

That, and "Chicks Dig It".

MrMike
08-20-2009, 10:37 AM
Thanks for all the answers!

nicerackbbqteam
08-20-2009, 11:17 AM
I just did my first Comp over the weekend... i only brought
1 pack of chkicken thighs
1 cryo pack of Spare ribs (3 in a pack)
1 pack of Pork bone in(blade)..and 2 come in a pack
1 brisket(packer)

what ever was left over after turn in we ate and we made SOS out of the brisket when we got home...it worked out ok
we took 11th in Ribs out of 37 not bad for my first time

Divemaster
08-20-2009, 11:27 AM
We do 2 butts, 2 packers, 4 slabs, and 16 thighs...

The left overs go to the office and friends... there are never really any left overs....

Tweedle
08-20-2009, 11:54 AM
What is this mysterious "leftover BBQ" you speak of???

Sawdustguy
08-20-2009, 10:23 PM
I just did my first Comp over the weekend... i only brought
1 pack of chkicken thighs
1 cryo pack of Spare ribs (3 in a pack)
1 pack of Pork bone in(blade)..and 2 come in a pack
1 brisket(packer)

what ever was left over after turn in we ate and we made SOS out of the brisket when we got home...it worked out ok
we took 11th in Ribs out of 37 not bad for my first time

Was it a sanctioned contest? Was it a KCBS contest? How did you get away with turning in three ribs?

Jeff_in_KC
08-20-2009, 10:26 PM
20 thighs, 4 butts, 2 briskets, 4 to 6 slabs of ribs (depends on quality we are able to get).

Oh and IMHO, I would be totally against KCBS trying to dictate how much meat we were allowed to cook during contests. Heck, some people, us included, have cooked for catering jobs while fired up for comps. It would pretty much end that possibility. And it gets into that micro-managing things I hate. Like Todd says, that would be getting into the thick of thin things.

Bentley
08-20-2009, 11:30 PM
1 package of thighs, usually 12-16

3 racks of Ribs.

1 Butt.

1 Brisket.

Hey when ya know how to BBQ, just saying...

nicerackbbqteam
08-20-2009, 11:42 PM
Was it a sanctioned contest? Was it a KCBS contest? How did you get away with turning in three ribs?


yes it was a KCBS contest and i ment was there are 3 racks of ribs in a pack
i cooked all 3 racks and cut 6 bones for turn in

CajunSmoker
08-21-2009, 07:35 AM
We tried to cut our meat down at an IBCA contest last year and only bought one pack of chicken that had 2 chicken halves. When we opened the package the chicken half on the bottom didn't have a wing. Since that would have been a DQ we had to work with one piece of chicken. Didn't make the final table with it.:mad: Since then we always overbuy on meat:!:

smokincracker
08-22-2009, 06:43 AM
16 bird chunks, 6 slabs, 4 butts, 2 briskets

The Virginian
08-22-2009, 11:00 AM
A few years ago I put together an unofficial kcbs style contest where teams were only allowed 1 rack of ribs, 6 pieces of chicken, one butt, one brisket. The purpose was to get the cooks to achhieve maximum focus on what they were doing. BBQGURU sponsored the thing, we had ten teams and it was a lot of fun. Called it the Deer Hunter, after the movie where the guy only took one bullet when he went deer hunting. Red Todd and his wife Doris won that one.

Brett

Kosmo's Q
08-22-2009, 02:29 PM
1 Flat, 1 Butt, 2 Slabs, and 10 chickens.

Bentley
08-22-2009, 02:53 PM
1 Flat, 1 Butt, 2 Slabs, and 10 chickens.


Geez, I thought I was a minimalist!

MilitantSquatter
08-22-2009, 02:55 PM
A few years ago I put together an unofficial kcbs style contest where teams were only allowed 1 rack of ribs, 6 pieces of chicken, one butt, one brisket. The purpose was to get the cooks to achhieve maximum focus on what they were doing. BBQGURU sponsored the thing, we had ten teams and it was a lot of fun. Called it the Deer Hunter, after the movie where the guy only took one bullet when he went deer hunting. Red Todd and his wife Doris won that one.

Brett

That sounds like a great concept for a contest with special rules etc. but I agree with Jeff above that it is probably not a good idea for KCBS to mandate for standard contests.

T.K.
08-23-2009, 08:06 AM
The 2 comps I did this year, I did 1 brisket, 2 butts, 3 spares, and 12-15 thighs. This year I think I may try more if I can get away with it with my wife. :)