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HUCKS
02-26-2010, 01:10 PM
i know all about the more practice the better you get.but dog gone this will be the third weekend in a row of practice and i just bought the meat for this weekend and it was another 180.00. stating to get real expensive.but i have acquired alot of bbq eating friends lately

Divemaster
02-26-2010, 01:16 PM
Welcome to the club... This is my third year and I'm still doing 'Practice Comps'...

Trust me, it does help!!!!

pahutchens
02-26-2010, 01:17 PM
Are you sharing with the brethren your process and results for feedback?
Hope you have a great practice this weekend

Butcher BBQ
02-26-2010, 01:18 PM
Take that $180 x 3 weekends you could have paid for a class and help take the learning curve out. This is just my thoughts and another reason for the old question "Are the high dollars for the classes worth it?".

Jacked UP BBQ
02-26-2010, 01:19 PM
What he said........practice is no good if you are practicing the wrong thing. What are you practicing?

HUCKS
02-26-2010, 01:28 PM
sorta happy with the way everything turns out now.but just trying to tweak it to that damn i want more taste

Capn Kev
02-26-2010, 01:31 PM
Where are you getting your meat?? For practice purposes I use what's readily available and inexpensive. I can cook 3 racks of ribs, a brisket, and a couple of butts for under $75. However, I normally just do one meat each week...which helps keep the cost down.

early mornin' smokin'
02-26-2010, 01:42 PM
i was gonna say, a packer 14/lbs, 2 butts about 14lbs, 3 racks about 14lbs, at rd1.99 a lb...usually about 85 dollars out the door

KC_Bobby
02-26-2010, 02:46 PM
My practice is on hold until after PE class next weekend. Then game on til the PB class at the end of March. If March is decent weather the month is gonna fly.

J_Don
02-26-2010, 02:58 PM
I agree with you. This is very abdictive and it's getting to where I dread shopping. It doesn't take long to drop $200.00 but it is worth it when you see the crowd get quite and the smiles on their faces and the compliments after they are done eating. I'm thinking about a part time job to pay for meat until I get good enough to try and start a catering business as a side line. The word is definitely getting out quick and I already have people starting to ask me to cook for get togethers and them supplying the meats. I definitely want to do the shopping and make the meat selections though. This has only happened since I joined the forum and learning techniques and practicing. Hard to turn out good food with poor quality meats. Thank you fellow brethern.

Captain Dave
02-26-2010, 03:18 PM
Mere pocket change for you big boys.

Capn Kev
02-26-2010, 03:24 PM
Here's a thought. Cook for your local Fire Department, and write it off as a charitable donation. That way you're getting your practice in and feeding the FD :wink:

ique
02-26-2010, 03:32 PM
i know all about the more practice the better you get.but dog gone this will be the third weekend in a row of practice and i just bought the meat for this weekend and it was another 180.00. stating to get real expensive.but i have acquired alot of bbq eating friends lately


Same here, I just dropped close to $200 on two butts, a brisket, 4 racks, and some chicken... plus sauce and rubs and marinades. Doing a practice run this weekend to work on timing.

J_Don
02-26-2010, 03:32 PM
Here's a thought. Cook for your local Fire Department, and write it off as a charitable donation. That way you're getting your practice in and feeding the FD :wink:
That's a Great Idea. Why didn't I think of that. Great way to make some new friends too.

dreed
02-26-2010, 04:09 PM
I take orders from my co-workers, when I want to practice. and it usually covers all my expenses. Beside I am so sick of my own food and my co-workers thinks its the best thing since sliced bread

Three porks
02-26-2010, 04:14 PM
Here's a thought. Cook for your local Fire Department, and write it off as a charitable donation. That way you're getting your practice in and feeding the FD :wink:
Dang that's what I'm talking about!! Nice idea!

Capn Kev
02-26-2010, 04:23 PM
There are a bunch of ways to go about this...cook for the volunteers that work at your local food bank. Cook for a church gathering, etc. If you get creative, it will work out. :-D

Southern Home Boy
02-26-2010, 04:45 PM
I'm thinking about a part time job to pay for meat until I get good enough to try and start a catering business as a side line.

I did that. I picked up a job that lets me work pretty much whenever I want evenings and weekends. I'll pull a couple of weekend shifts prior to a comp to pay for the meat and expenses. That way, the funds don't come out of the family budget.

Rub
02-26-2010, 04:53 PM
i know all about the more practice the better you get.but dog gone this will be the third weekend in a row of practice and i just bought the meat for this weekend and it was another 180.00. stating to get real expensive.but i have acquired alot of bbq eating friends lately

I just ended a 6 out of 7 weeks contest run, three weeks is nothin! :wink:

This is my one weekend off before another 6-contests-in-7-weeks stretch. Guess what I'm doing? Practicing :shock: :rolleyes:

Southern Home Boy
02-26-2010, 05:13 PM
That's a Great Idea. Why didn't I think of that. Great way to make some new friends too.
I see a whole wave of people showing up at their local firehouses offering free BBQ to the Friefirghters and Paramedics.:lol:

MilitantSquatter
02-26-2010, 08:45 PM
Same here, I just dropped close to $200 on two butts, a brisket, 4 racks, and some chicken... plus sauce and rubs and marinades. Doing a practice run this weekend to work on timing.


That right there says it all... The '09 JD World Champ (and all around nice guy !!) still practicing to work on his timing.

Truly dedicated... have to respect that. :eusa_clap

Coz
02-26-2010, 08:53 PM
I take orders from my co-workers, when I want to practice. and it usually covers all my expenses. Beside I am so sick of my own food and my co-workers thinks its the best thing since sliced bread


I have practiced enuff this winter my coworkers wont eat the BBQ anymore :shock:

bigabyte
02-26-2010, 09:02 PM
Are you having any CBJ's do the scoring, or what? Just curious how you're doing that.

Plowboy
02-26-2010, 10:15 PM
I just turned two practice butts from last weekend into $100. Good for at least another case of butts.

dreed
02-27-2010, 06:05 AM
I have practiced enuff this winter my coworkers wont eat the BBQ anymore :shock:


I am sure I am about one pork slider away from that as well

Scottie
02-27-2010, 06:15 AM
Same here, I just dropped close to $200 on two butts, a brisket, 4 racks, and some chicken... plus sauce and rubs and marinades. Doing a practice run this weekend to work on timing.



Yeah yeah. Quit buying that damn Wagyu brisket and Duroc pork!!! That will cut down your expenses!!! ;)

You didn't go to Houston?

ique
02-27-2010, 10:24 AM
Yeah yeah. Quit buying that damn Wagyu brisket and Duroc pork!!! That will cut down your expenses!!! ;)

You didn't go to Houston?

LOL

No, could only swing one early traveling contest and chose Little Rock over Houston...

Thanks for the nice words Vinny

Jorge
02-27-2010, 10:33 AM
LOL

No, could only swing one early traveling contest and chose Little Rock over Houston...

Thanks for the nice words Vinny

Hearing 'wicked pissah' at least once this weekend would have made this trip complete:)