Hey Wet Hog – This is a great forum to learn from. Just don’t be afraid to post and ask as many questions as you need to. As Lake Dogs has already mentioned, first thing – review and know the rules of the contest. 2nd I would practice all categories on a specified timeline for whatever sanctioning body you’re competing in. Also practice with the same amount of meat you’re going to cook at the contest. I’d recommend this for several reasons. Be sure you have your timing down if you need to have your larger cuts off before ribs or chix go on and to be sure you know how your cooker responds to being loaded down. Nothing worse than fighting temps all day because you’re not used to having that much meat on the cooker. And don’t forget the most important thing…..Go out and make new friends and have fun!
Hicktown BBQ Team - Superior SS2, WSM