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Unread 09-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #16
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I've been a one man gang doing comps since '87. I have been using my BarrelSmokers, two for two flavor profiles, for the last few years. At my peak I was doing 30- 35 a year. Working on my health and more sponsors to put forth a better campaign next year. Donnie Teel, Scottie Johnson, Rub, Craig Sherry, Bryan Mclarty, Fast Eddy, Bill Arnold, Jerry King, Paul Schatte, Drew McNatt, Harry Soo are just some that come to mind. Marla Twyford just won a Grand while Randy was busy somewhere else. There are hundreds more that can hold their own. So ,yes there are plenty of us. Steve.

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Unread 09-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #17
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Big Moe Cason is a DIY competitor. And a heck of a nice guy.
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Unread 09-27-2013, 06:34 PM   #18
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Me, Big brother smoke, Slap Yo Daddy (does the whole comp on 1 18" WSM), Lady of Q, Butcher's Daughter, Rib Doctor, Dr. BBQ just off the top of my head.
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Unread 09-27-2013, 07:57 PM   #19
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Been doing it for 10 years solo now, wouldn't want it any other way. Set up takes 5-8 minutes. Can be cleaned and packed up and ready to leave one hour after brisket turn in. Like others have said more than you might think do it as a one man team. KISS.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 09:02 AM   #20
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I, for the most part, do it. I will have my wife come the morning of turn in's to build boxes, if she can. I use one pit, easy ups and my minivan as my sleeping quarters, (poor mans RV ). You must get your timelines down and have your process well in hand. When I show up it takes an hour to setup and an hour to break down. I'm usually hanging with other teams and having fun by dinner time on Friday. Is it work, yes!! But you feel a great sense of accomplishment just for a single call.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 09:51 AM   #21
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Can it be done sure, but seriously think about your cookers of choice.

You will need sleep overnight to be effective during turn ins, I like stick burners, but i personally need more sleep than one provides at a comp especially if your a 1 man team.

You will need to minimize, packing and loading. and your processes will be key to your success.

Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #22
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Check out parrothead, John is a one man show and he got an automatic for the Jack with more than 7 GC's this year alone. It can be and it is done more than you might expect.
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Yes I've done it a few times. All about timing.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 06:24 PM   #24
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Pay attention to the attached from Goddahavit.
If I was alone there is no way that I would be cooking on a Lang.
Don't get me wrong, I love the Lang, and we use them for comps but we have a three man team.

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Can it be done sure, but seriously think about your cookers of choice.

You will need sleep overnight to be effective during turn ins, I like stick burners, but i personally need more sleep than one provides at a comp especially if your a 1 man team.

You will need to minimize, packing and loading. and your processes will be key to your success.

Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Yep, it can be done with good results. I have two comps under my belt, both with about 30 teams. I have had calls in both with a 10th overall in the first one. I have a printed timeline and stick to it. This was developed after numerous comp-type practices. I use a Backwoods for brisket, pork, and ribs and the UDS for chicken. Brisket and pork goes on early enough to allow for about 4.5 hours of sleep before I wake to put the ribs on.

Also, Deguello BBQ is a one man operation and he gets GCs, RGCs, and numerous calls.
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Check out parrothead, John is a one man show and he got an automatic for the Jack with more than 7 GC's this year alone. It can be and it is done more than you might expect.
He just won the Xenia Ohio contest today. Last time I saw him was in Kettering and he won that one too. I think he should pay my entry fees as a guarantee of good luck.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 08:04 PM   #27
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I heard Rub uses two microwaves and a crockpot?? JK buddy. Not sure about the rest of the nation but I have seen plenty of teams here in FL that do it with great success. Not being a comp guy I dong know how the heck they do it but hopefully after taking RUB's class next week it will all make sense.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 08:26 PM   #28
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So sounds like if you want to go solo better with a cabinet or gravity-fed smoker and maybe a UDS or two? Really want a stick burner as I'll be doing far more cooking at home but something to think about.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #29
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rdstoll email me rub at swampboys.com
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I cook on a Jambo and compete alone. Sleep is overrated
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