> ... Are we "in the way" at comps
Absolutely, 100%, beyond any shadow of a doubt, you will NOT be in the way. Just the opposite, you'll meet new friends and should be welcomed to "the group".
> or do or will we be looked down on?
Again, NOT. Everyone started somewhere; and they all know it.
> I've spent money on smokers,banners,team logo, T-shirts but I really just
> want to cook and enjoy hanging out with other BBQ nuts like me.
Welcome to "the group". You'll do fine.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from everywhere)