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Unread 05-16-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Talking Competition BBQ Class's

I am wanting to get some opinions on cooking classes.
1. Do you think they are worth the money?
2. Who's would you take, and why?
3. Does region make much difference where you take it?
4. Any other info would be great.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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I have recently taken a comp class. After 3 seasons around 13 or 14 comps competed in before the class.I feel it was worth it .I will see how the judges see it in the next month or so.
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We took Rub Bagby's class. It was well worth the money. We won it back 5x the next weekend with a GC! The region doesn't matter with his class because he teaches technique, not flavors. I think that is why his students are doing well.
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Paying for a good class is cheaper than paying for contest entries to learn by trial and error. Other than the obvious travel cost, region isn't really a factor. A better criteria for selecting a class is the type of cooker/style of cooking demonstrated. If you are a low-and-slow stickburner guy, a class on pellet smoker power cooking isn't going to be your best choice.
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IMO, I think you get more out of a class if you have done a few comps prior to taking one. After a few comps, you start to get good idea of where you weaknesses are and when you go to a class you can look for ways to improve your specific situation.

I took Chris Hart (IQUE) class last fall and really enjoyed it. I haven't taken any other classes, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I feel like I picked up what I was looking for and, probably no coincidence, won GC the next time out.

As others said, I don't think region is much of a factor. There may be little regional quirks, but the top teams seem to do well no matter where they go.
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I would recommend taking more than one and then blend the skills, techniques and flavor profiles that you have learned into a method that works for you. Any of the classes I have been to taught me something, that I have incorporated into what I do. I personally am not believer the class needs to be taught on equipment similar to yours. I go to classes to learn the cooking techniques not how to operate the equipment but that may not apply to everyone.

There are plenty of classes offered for under $500 that will give you plenty of information you can use. Most of them seem to be in the off season although you will see them offered in conjunction with contests during the year.
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I recommend taking them. I also happen to know of one that usually is up in Chicago by a couple of World Champions . I hear they raised over $25k for cancer research. I've hear that students have had a little success...
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Who do you think that is Scottie?? LOL!!
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I took a competition class before my first contest. I already had most of my cooking techniques and flavor profiles dialed in, but the class helped me develop a solid plan and timeline for competition cooking. I integrated a few techniques where it made sense but I didn't make many wholesale changes to what I was already doing in practice.

With a solid cooking plan in place I am now able to make small adjustments as needed based on my results and I don't feel like I am "flailing". I've only done 2 real contests so far but I have had good results and have seen an improvement each time. Consistency is key and at this point I am just trying to replicate the same thing over and over with only very minor tweaks here and there on a limited basis.

The class was definitely money well spent and in 2 contests I have earned back almost double what it cost to take. (Ya, I am still well in the hole, but at least there are some results to show for all the hard work.)
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Have taken Scotties class in Chicago and Plowboys/Smoke on Wheels class and can HIGHLY recommend either one...over $7000.00 in prize money last year compared to $200.00 the year before taking their classes
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I took Scotties class last year having never competed before, and I think it was well worth it and would recommend it.
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Have taken Scotties class in Chicago and Plowboys/Smoke on Wheels class and can HIGHLY recommend either one...over $7000.00 in prize money last year compared to $200.00 the year before taking their classes
thats impressive!
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1. Do you think they are worth the money? I think they are a great value.

2. Who's would you take, and why? Of course I recommend Swamp Boys Q School, but there are other great ones out there too. Check out credentials and take it from there.

3. Does region make much difference where you take it? No.

4. Any other info would be great. There are usually different levels of learning going on in a class. On one hand, the beginners stand to learn the most because they are new to it all. On the other hand, many of the teams who are already doing well may pick up fewer techniques, but the ones they do get tend to put them in the winner's circle. It's not unusual for an advanced team to go out and win their first category, RGC, or GC right after the class. If you enjoy learning and enjoy succeeding, taking a class is a great idea.
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I took Rub’s class earlier this year and it was great! Well worth it in my opinion.
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Rhana and I took Johnny Trigg's class this year...best money I ever spent on an education!
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