pretty much sums it up.... however, every once in a while you will run across someone that will take someone under their wing so to speak.
I was fortunate enough to have someone to help out.... been doing it now for abt 4 or 5 yrs... I do had cooked some on my own before that, and he knew it, but he needed some help and asked if I would. Since I was unable to cook but one or two a yr, it was a win win situation.... I got to go to more comps, he got some free help, and I was able to pick up a few pointers....
Another thing to remember is, some teams spent a huge amount of money to go to a "Q" school to learn the "tricks".... and are unwilling to share that for free.
Just keep asking and looking, and you will most likely find someone to help out.
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Weber 22 1/2" & 18 1/2" Kettle
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