Creating a good BBQ to eat definately should be mastered before trying to satisfy a couple of judges. But, in order to do either, one must first master the art of fire control to maintain constant temperatures in the pit. IMHO. That can only come from experience.
"You can't always get what you want but if you try sometime you just might find you get what you need"
Mange Bene Viva Bene!
Old Country Over/Under, WSM, Weber: Performer(Col. Steve Austin Mod), WSM, Three 22 1/2" Kettles, Brinkman Dual Zone Proffessional Grill, Smoky Joe, Uniflame Tabletop Gasser, Luhr-Jensen Big Chief, Turkey Fryer, Rocky Mountain Camp Stove & 2 UDS's.