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Unread 02-10-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Are devices such as gurus and others that help you maintain temperature allowed at comps? If so, do you believe they should be allowed? Was there ever a time when such devices were banned from competition?
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They are allowed at KCBS comps, and I do believe they should be allowed. Remember that food has to be turned in on a very tight timetable. Keeping the fire at a consistent temperature is essential for timing the cook. A pellet cooker has an auger feed, should they be banned too?
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Are devices such as gurus and others that help you maintain temperature allowed at comps? If so, do you believe they should be allowed? Was there ever a time when such devices were banned from competition?
Absolutely they are allowed. While I used to be of the mindset that they took the skill out of BBQing I now think they are a great invention. While I still cook without them and turn out great Que, they make it so much easier and give me a better product.
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They are allowed at KCBS comps, and I do believe they should be allowed. Remember that food has to be turned in on a very tight timetable. Keeping the fire at a consistent temperature is essential for timing the cook. A pellet cooker has an auger feed, should they be banned too?
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I'm all for it! But, I'd like to see an offset only contest with no electronics.
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I concur with all above! Yes, forced-draft systems are allowed in KCBS competitions -- each of our 19 GCs have been won using a Stoker.

However, forced-draft systems are not a be-all end-all. They are a great tool, but they do not replace fire skills or the knowledge and experience gained by tending meat under varying conditions.
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I love my guru but think it would awesome to have a no electronics comp!!!
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I'm all for it! But, I'd like to see an offset only contest with no electronics.
..I like the idea of "naked BBQ contest"
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I'm a die-hard pellet head. However, I'd LOVE to cook a no electronics competition to bring it back to old school. Wouldn't really change my sleep patterns anyway ;)
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Count me in big time for an old school contest format.
Wood and/ or hardwood charcoal only.
no pellets. No stokers, no gurus, heck I would be ok with no gas assist (lighting)

Personally I think the devices and such have been good for the BBQ competition community as a whole, because it has opened up BBQ to a whole group of people that otherwise wouldn't do it. (too much work, lack of sleep, etc)

However (and I have said this in here before) you get down to the basics of BBQ and take away all the gadgets, then you are really looking at the pitmasters ability more so than how fancy their cooker is
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lol we have a very ugly drums with a stoker and pellet grills and gadgets are nice to have to be able to sleep 6 hrs or more during the comps ... is priceless
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..I like the idea of "naked BBQ contest"
That could get ugly.... just sayin....
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They are allowed at KCBS comps, and I do believe they should be allowed. Remember that food has to be turned in on a very tight timetable. Keeping the fire at a consistent temperature is essential for timing the cook. A pellet cooker has an auger feed, should they be banned too?
Personally, I think they should be banned. At the point where one simply turns a dial to set the temp, it's an oven.
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