Well, you started in the right place!
I noticed you posted on the PNWBA site as well.
Next off, I'd suggest you get involved and attend a competition and judging or cooking class to network with with teams and likeminded individuals. There will be a PNWBA Feed Our Troops in the Tacoma, WA area on June 15th that is seeking volunteers and another in the works for Fairchild AFB in the Spokane, WA area being formed.
Or consider a trip to the Oregon Coast Memorial Day weekend for the KCBS sanctioned BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay in North Bend OR. John Hunt is the organizer and Mark Silver is the Rep. and they really helped me a lot when I first got started. There is always a need for a helping hand if you really are serious.
Brian - Left Hand Smoke BBQ PNWBA 2010 Team of the Year
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