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MoGreen
12-24-2009, 09:32 AM
So, the BIL and me have decided to enter our first comp in April up in Winchester, TN. He's taking the lead on brisket and ribs and I'm in charge of pork and chicken. We've decided on a team name (Rub Won Out) and we've been practicing and experimenting with our entries. My question is this: should we enter the backyard division for our first time out, or just jump in with the big dogs and really get our asses handed to us?

Ron_L
12-24-2009, 09:44 AM
Do you cook the same meats for backyard? Some backyard comps only cook chicken and ribs, for example. if you are cooking all four meats then go for it! You never know what will happen!

moocow
12-24-2009, 09:47 AM
Jump right in, other contestants will help you if you ask!

BigJimsBBQ
12-24-2009, 10:51 AM
Go for it - You learn the fastest and most from the best.

Captain Caveman
12-24-2009, 10:54 AM
Jump right in. It's hard enough getting up the nerve to compete for the first time, don't put yourself through that twice. (backyard division, and pro division)

As Moocow mentioned, plenty of people will help you out if you ask.

BBQ Grail
12-24-2009, 10:57 AM
Jump right in!

Bbq Bubba
12-24-2009, 11:07 AM
Asses handed to you! :cool:

This Is How We Que It
12-24-2009, 11:12 AM
Go for it!

Meat@Slim's
12-24-2009, 11:22 AM
Forget the backyard! Jump in!

monty3777
12-24-2009, 11:40 AM
With a name that good you're already a pro!!

goodsmokebbq
12-24-2009, 11:42 AM
Ditto ^^^^^

QansasjayhawQ
12-24-2009, 11:43 AM
Go for it - You learn the fastest and most from the best.
I'll second that! And the same goes for no matter what you are learning - always try to learn from their experience.

AND - be sure to read a lot here at the forum - there's TONS of valuable, helpful advice available for the searching.

monty3777
12-24-2009, 12:26 PM
A word about "learning" from other teams. Depending on how the "learning" is done some of your compadres may call that shigging (stealing). So here's some thoughts on how to learn and how not to learn:

How to learn:
1. Admit up front that you are a brand new team and that you have a lot to learn. Most folks are receptive to helping out a new team who comes at this competition thing with a bit of humility (coming off my rookie year this is something I found to be true).

2. Remember #1 and remind those around you as often as possible.

How NOT to learn:

1. Hanging around and watching teams prep and cook their meat, especially if you are uninvited, is a recipe for the cold shoulder. That's shigging! In fact, if you see folks starting to prep their stuff, and they start moving into their rigs, more than likely that the time to move on.

Finally, some teams will be real generous and others will be jerks. The idea that every team that competes is full of warm fuzzies and is there for the spirit of the event is a myth. When you encounter someone who is not all that friendly, just move along. You'll run into good folks eventually. Don't take all the posturing and heaviness that some teams project as anything personal.

PatioDaddio
12-24-2009, 12:35 PM
I agree about diving right in. You've got time to practice, and there is a ton of information out there to help. Plus, you've got the great folks here to answer questions and offer advice. Here (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showpost.php?p=889612&postcount=9) is my advice.

John

Redheart
12-24-2009, 12:37 PM
How can you be doing this without calling me!
Jump right in is what I say.

Coz
12-24-2009, 05:44 PM
. My question is this: should we enter the backyard division for our first time out, or just jump in with the big dogs and really get our asses handed to us?



Nothin wrong with jumping in the deep end right away :rolleyes: Of course here in Wisconsin theres no backyard to speak of so not much of a choice. Practice hard learn what you can where you can and execute.GO FOR IT

Vince RnQ
12-24-2009, 05:59 PM
Many teams who are competing in their first comp do incredibly well. I recall that at the 2008 Modesto, CA event a team called Mar's Mobile Grill finished 1st in Pork and 1st in Brisket on their way to earning the event Reserve Grand Championship in a 48 team contest! Not a bad way to start a competition career.

You're damn right that you should be jumping in with both feet!!!

Rich Parker
12-24-2009, 06:13 PM
So, the BIL and me have decided to enter our first comp in April up in Winchester, TN. He's taking the lead on brisket and ribs and I'm in charge of pork and chicken. We've decided on a team name (Rub Won Out) and we've been practicing and experimenting with our entries. My question is this: should we enter the backyard division for our first time out, or just jump in with the big dogs and really get our asses handed to us?

That is a great name.

MoGreen
12-24-2009, 10:30 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, guys. And I'm glad you like the name. Now the research continues...

bbq ron
12-25-2009, 04:53 AM
i say jump right in. that's what i"m going to do. my first comp is in april so i think i might be ready. have practiced and practiced and thought about backyard but mind was changed by a team named big o dang o that talked me into going for the big one. they were a big help to me when i went to a comp to talk with them for any questions i had :-P:-P

we did it bbq
12-25-2009, 06:22 PM
Go for it!!! you can play in the poddle pit or get out and mix it up with the big dogs!!!

Kosmo's Q
12-25-2009, 07:07 PM
Both feet first! And give'm hell...

Smoke on the Horizon
12-26-2009, 06:58 PM
Jump right in to the mix of it all. Just remember while practicing, timing, timing and timing is everything.

Pratice your boxes, and timing on getting your meats done and in the box.

You can get your meats done a little early and hold them just don't run out of time and not get them done.

Jeff Hughes
12-26-2009, 07:39 PM
Don(SotH),

Great to see you here my friend...

Hope the holidays are treating you well...

Talk to you soon--Jeff

ClayHill
12-26-2009, 10:24 PM
I agree with most here.....since you have already found this website, you have a leg up on some........... there is no reason to waste time in a backyard event. I did my first comp this past fall.......did tons of lurking on every forum I could for the past 2 years, I ended up with a 1st in pork and 2nd in ribs out of 25 and walked away with the reserve.

Timing is very important IMHO

QansasjayhawQ
12-27-2009, 07:16 AM
I agree about diving right in. You've got time to practice, and there is a ton of information out there to help. Plus, you've got the great folks here to answer questions and offer advice. Here (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showpost.php?p=889612&postcount=9) is my advice.

John
That's some excellent advice! Thanks for sharing!

early mornin' smokin'
12-27-2009, 05:43 PM
jump right in!!! Have fun, ask questions, people will ask you questions. Bring Tequilla, preferably something in a blue bottle(makes friends real quick) expect not to get too much sleep, be very tired sunday, and dont bother with the backyard stuff. Good luck, the name rocks!!

HBMTN
12-27-2009, 06:37 PM
Just right in, that is what we did. We were even lucky enough to get a call first time out. Of course that only hooked us for total competition addiction.