Pick a contest convenient to you and get on here and ask for a teams help in showing you the ropes. Be prepared to trade work for knowledge. Offer to show up on their arrival and leave after awards.
I'm betting you'll get more than one offer. This is some kinda group here.
Designer of a custom drum smoker
Customized Aussie gas passer
Extremely seasoned hand hammered Wok
Pit Boss-HART BURN Competition BBQ Team
KCBS certified judge
And Your not the boss of me either!!