LOL, I just happened to see this. Thanks Tim, and Hello Brad!!
Guessing; you're planning to compete in Jackson, yes?
How can I help? I've been an MIM, then MBN judge since early 2005 and have competed a few times (it was expensive) with fairly good results.
If you've done GBA, it's going to be very similar in many aspects. The on-site is the toughest for new competitors (those new to MBN) IMHO, but it's not terribly hard, just new and different.
I'll PM 'ya.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.