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Unread 01-13-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default 1st comp coming up, feeling the pressure

I'm going jump into the comp BBQ circuit this year. I've read, I've studied, I've taken classes, I've judged, I've practiced.... I am excited!!!!!


I'd love to hear any advice you have, dos donts...

Videos... I'll tak anything when it comes to learning
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Read Starting the Fire by George Hensler.
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I've read that and loved it, I second the vote for that reading.
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1. Don't kill your self "over-preparing"
2. Do take your cooking seriously
3. Do ENJOY the experience
4. Don't finish DAL

Those and a few other common sense things will make for a great time!
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When and where is your first comp?
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High Desert BBQ Showdown, Victorville CA

Ive got Johnny's class and a few judgings before then to take in more knowledge
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I don't know if you have yet, but one thing that really helped me prepare for my first contest was actually doing a four meat cook. I only did one practice four meat cook, but it really helped me.
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DO NOT GET SH*TTY DRUNK ON FRIDAY NIGHT!!!
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Lots of time before your fist comp.. Practice your timing. Make sure you're happy with your 4 meats and then it's all about executing it at the comp.
Most importantly make all your turn ins and have fun!
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What are you folks using for hot water? Clean up water
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I ran a full practice comp the week before to get my timing down and get one out of the way so to speak. I was more nervous when I did that, than when I actually competed. Being at a comp and the fun atmosphere, BBQ camaraderie and all that goes along with it, just made it so fun I didn't feel nervous, and I did well.

But again, a full practice cook is a good idea.
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I don't know if you have yet, but one thing that really helped me prepare for my first contest was actually doing a four meat cook. I only did one practice four meat cook, but it really helped me.
Do this! Set up in your yard just as you will at the comp and run a mock competition. Every time you have to go into the house for something, write it down!

For hot water lots of guys use an igloo drink cooler and boil water with a turkey fryer and put it in the drink cooler. It will stay hot for hours.
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What are you folks using for hot water? Clean up water
I use a Coleman Hot Water On Demand that I bought used on eBay
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Three things:
* Have a time line written down from when you arrive till when you leave. It was a huge help when I first started...
* Stick with what you practiced. Do not get caught up changing because you heard or may have seen another team doing something. Write things down as you go and make changes when and if you need to when it is practice time.
* Have fun and really take in the entire experience, call it a win for yourself if you do not finish D-A-L.
Good luck and let us know how you did...
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Lots of good advice here, pay attention to the not getting drunk part.

You are plenty prepared. If you can not pull it off now (with all that money spent) you never will. Good luck.
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