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chibi
12-24-2009, 12:11 AM
I know this may sound weird but does anyone( and I know some do) have a good luck charm they must have at comps? Pics and stories of how it became important to you are welcome.

Michael

Grillman
12-24-2009, 01:41 AM
After having met you this past summer at the BBQ contest in Parker Co.
I would think that your family is your best "good luck charm"

moocow
12-24-2009, 07:06 AM
We have bead necklaces that my 4 year old made us at the Yates Center contest this year. They are complete with pink airplanes and blue cars. We ended up taking first in chicken and seventh overall.

Divemaster
12-24-2009, 07:57 AM
I would have to say that my team is our best good luck charm... OK, we do have this rubber chicken that hasn't hurt either....

Dustaway
12-24-2009, 08:03 AM
well I have a few mardi gras beads I wear to awards

Ford
12-24-2009, 08:14 AM
Well there's this pair of underwear ........:eek::eek:

Hate to tell you but lucky charms are not what's needed. Concentration, skill, repeatable process are my lucky charms. Then there's the roll of the dice for what table you get.:roll:

chibi
12-24-2009, 08:36 AM
Well there's this pair of underwear ........:eek::eek:

Hate to tell you but lucky charms are not what's needed. Concentration, skill, repeatable process are my lucky charms. Then there's the roll of the dice for what table you get.:roll:


Yeah I am not looking for a good luck charm, as Grillman said my family is all the good luck charm I need.
I just have some friends that have some "charms" that they cannot be without at comps. Wanted to see others "charms".

Michael

BigJimsBBQ
12-24-2009, 08:48 AM
Hate to tell you but lucky charms are not what's needed. Concentration, skill, repeatable process are my lucky charms. Then there's the roll of the dice for what table you get.:roll:

I agree 100% Ford - It's those Farking bad tables that will kick you in the nads:shock:

Buster Dog BBQ
12-24-2009, 09:00 AM
No lucky charms but I do at times get supersitious. Wore my same t-shirt, shorts, socks, etc for 3 straight contest after we won our grand. Of course I washed them in between which probably is why I didn't get another grand this year.

Alexa RnQ
12-24-2009, 09:04 AM
Somehow, the more we go out, the more little "traditions" we are loathe to forsake.

It all started with VQ's flame shirt. Then there were flame sunglasses to match.

Most of our shows involve long car rides, so you know we're on a business trip when the flame sunglasses come out and we have the satellite radio on the blues channel. At some point, we must sing "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" to a classic blues song. If we actually SEE a dead skunk in the middle of the road, well, that's golden (not nearly as common out here).

There are all kinds of repeatable things, some that were purely coincidental, some that started as inside jokes, but they all add to the fun of it. And it's all about fun, right?

Munkee's Pit
12-24-2009, 09:20 AM
I have a Hula Girl that sits on top of my Spicewine which was given to me for my birthday by brother Spice and the rest of Team Q. Won chicken and ribs that weekend. She brought me good luck all year. Thanks for giving her up Jay.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y242/ps6239/100_1432-1.jpg

Diva Q
12-24-2009, 09:54 AM
Well there's this pair of underwear ........:eek::eek:

Hate to tell you but lucky charms are not what's needed. Concentration, skill, repeatable process are my lucky charms. Then there's the roll of the dice for what table you get.:roll:

Don't be such a spoilsport. :roll:

We believe in BBQ Karma. We don't ever travel without a couple of things. The first is our sacrificial BBQ tent that the swine syndicate (wittdog & family) made for us after we lost 4 tents in our first year. Its a piece of flame fabric attached to tent pegs. Its travelled on planes and everywhere we have gone. We haven't lost a tent since.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb279/Diva_Q/Jack%20Douglas%202009/DSCF7166.jpg

Also there is a rubber chicken that was given to me by a really close bbq friend Brian Witteveen from Strodes BBQ gave us. It was to remind us that yes it takes skill and knowledge but you have to always have a sense of humour and have fun while you are doing it.

monty3777
12-24-2009, 10:39 AM
I pour some Jack on my cooker as soon as a fire is lit. I also play the song Dr. Love by Kiss when I wake up on Saturday morning. Neither of these things has helped, but what the heck.

Coz
12-25-2009, 08:45 AM
Well there's this pair of underwear ........:eek::eek:

Hate to tell you but lucky charms are not what's needed. Concentration, skill, repeatable process are my lucky charms. Then there's the roll of the dice for what table you get.:roll:


You used to be a little religious sbout your head coverings didnt you?

KC_Bobby
12-25-2009, 09:14 AM
No lucky charms but I do at times get supersitious. Wore my same t-shirt, shorts, socks, etc for 3 straight contest after we won our grand. Of course I washed them in between which probably is why I didn't get another grand this year.

Maybe I need to start playing some Stevie Wonder at comps, cause superstition and me go hand in hand - well that or I'm too repetitive.

I'm sure a few people have noticed that I generally wear the same pair of shorts and that straw hat to awards ceremony. I do that because I was wearing them when I got my first call and had never worn either at a comp prior to that (we got 1st in ribs, 1st in pork, 6th in brisket and RGC that day). After the Royal, I even marked which team shirt I wore to that awards ceremony and plan on wearing that shirt to many more.

Bbq Bubba
12-25-2009, 09:58 AM
I agree 100% Ford - It's those Farking bad tables that will kick you in the nads:shock:

That and rubbery chicken skin. :tongue:

Spydermike72
12-26-2009, 06:40 AM
Well actually we play the Lumberjack Song by Jackyal at precisely 11:30am Saturday morning before first turn in. Did it once and got 3 Top 10's and a Top 10 overall. Every time we play the song we get a call, every time we dont we dont do so well... Coincidence ??

drbbq
12-26-2009, 07:17 AM
I used to always listen to Dixie Chicken right before I arrived at the contest site And I have a dubloon that was thrown to me in New Orleans at a St. Patricks Day parade many years ago that's always in the drawer. This stuff used to work pretty well. I think I'll try to find that old Little Feat CD.

drbbq
12-26-2009, 07:18 AM
Somehow, the more we go out, the more little "traditions" we are loathe to forsake.

It all started with VQ's flame shirt. Then there were flame sunglasses to match.

Most of our shows involve long car rides, so you know we're on a business trip when the flame sunglasses come out and we have the satellite radio on the blues channel. At some point, we must sing "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" to a classic blues song. If we actually SEE a dead skunk in the middle of the road, well, that's golden (not nearly as common out here).

There are all kinds of repeatable things, some that were purely coincidental, some that started as inside jokes, but they all add to the fun of it. And it's all about fun, right?

And you can't think of anything else?

Dustaway
12-26-2009, 07:22 AM
Oh and Scotland the brave and amazing grace on bag pipe 7:00 am day of contest works for me:biggrin:

Contracted Cookers
12-26-2009, 09:08 AM
9-oo clock toast with uncle bub

Alexa RnQ
12-26-2009, 09:59 AM
Oh and Scotland the brave and amazing grace on bag pipe 7:00 am day of contest works for me:biggrin:
If we venture east to hit some more IBCA, I'll bring my pipes. :twisted:

Alexa RnQ
12-26-2009, 10:43 AM
And you can't think of anything else?
Well, lightning does seem to strike whenever this one guy shows up...

http://www.rhythmnque.com/2008modesto/ss3.jpg

CajunSmoker
12-26-2009, 11:13 AM
We have our turtle that is always put out to "guard the perimeter" as soon as we set up our area. He's more of a teammate than a lucky charm though:biggrin:


http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm289/cajunsmoker/IMG_1217.jpg

We also will only roll into Memphis on Hwy 61 listening to early Rock or Blues music.

Jeff_in_KC
12-26-2009, 11:33 AM
Stan. LOL! We always seem to do better at contests where Stan can be there.

Dustaway
12-26-2009, 05:59 PM
If we venture east to hit some more IBCA, I'll bring my pipes. :twisted:

Bring them to North Little Rock :biggrin:

SmokedJohnson
12-27-2009, 10:45 AM
I havent been in any formal competitions yet but I have always worn my lucky Jim Beam hat when ever I smoke.

JD McGee
12-27-2009, 11:02 AM
Gotta be Swamprb's funky flame shirts...:twisted:

Rub
12-27-2009, 12:07 PM
Not sure if it qualifies as luck charms or not, but I am definitely a creature of habit. Same shirts, shorts, caps, etc. I do have a skeleton that hangs from the back of the trailer, which I'm pretty sure brings good luck.

Bones
12-27-2009, 09:20 PM
My family and my cooking partners family and all of our friends. My Good Luck Charm is my daughters Fisher Price grill that she cooks oreos on. Her and my son use the extra greens for the boxes and make plates and put the oreos on on it and pass out to anyone around. She gave me a pink stuffed pig that I put on the grill when she is not at the comp and/or finished cooking oreos.

paydabill
12-28-2009, 11:12 AM
Brian and I have a Mojo necklaces for each meat (actually we need one for the ribs) that we rub after doing something to that particuliar meat.

We also have songs that we play - we do not drink anything until we start the prep and the music is in our ears.

We ALWAYS worry about the meat getting done in time the mornign of turn ins.

I always ask for the time and if it is on the 1/2, like 11:52 and 30 seconds - we know we are on.

Also - and this is going to sound wierd - if we are doing an event with a kids Q and ROADKILL (my son) gets in the top 3 then we know we are not going to do well. He has gotten 1st twice and I think we got an 8th in brisket both times.

Divemaster
12-28-2009, 01:26 PM
We have our turtle that is always put out to "guard the perimeter" as soon as we set up our area. He's more of a teammate than a lucky charm though:biggrin:
Thanks for reminding me... I almost forgot our two guards!
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd35/Divemaster_album/Divemaster_Food/Comps/DSCF2481-1.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd35/Divemaster_album/Divemaster_Food/Comps/DSCF2480-1.jpg