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Old 08-21-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Question .. how to do comp one man team?

So far I've had 2 team mates so 3 guys no problem unloading smokers, ez ups, tables , etc. etc. but I am considering doing a comp with only my wife. We would take the Motorhome which is old and small and has minimal storage space ... can anyone give me suggestions on what cookers to try to take and how to transport them? The only thing I can think of is WSM's and taking them INSIDE the motorhome which I would rather not do and I would have to rip out seats to fit them in but I could do it. ... maybe one of those "carriers" that mounts to the tow hitch ? I've never towed a trailer but maybe that's the solution .... so ... the main questions is "How to do it as a minimalist" ... with minimal gear...would appreciate all suggestions. thanks
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:38 PM   #2
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So far I've had 2 team mates so 3 guys no problem unloading smokers, ez ups, tables , etc. etc. but I am considering doing a comp with only my wife. We would take the Motorhome which is old and small and has minimal storage space ... can anyone give me suggestions on what cookers to try to take and how to transport them? The only thing I can think of is WSM's and taking them INSIDE the motorhome which I would rather not do and I would have to rip out seats to fit them in but I could do it. ... maybe one of those "carriers" that mounts to the tow hitch ? I've never towed a trailer but maybe that's the solution .... so ... the main questions is "How to do it as a minimalist" ... with minimal gear...would appreciate all suggestions. thanks
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with a hitch basket carrier you could probably fit 2 22 1/2 wsm on it or even possibly 2 Onyx ovens..with some timing thats all you probably need. I can cook 16pcs of chicken and 4 racks of spares on 1 Onyx , if I had a second Onyx 1 packer brisket and 2 butts would fit just fine.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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I cook by myself 99% of the time. I go by the slogan "if it isn't being used pitch it". I started with 6 bins and now i am down to 4. You need to be efficient with your time and adjust your schedule and your cooking temps to make sure you can do it by yourself. It really isn't that hard.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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I have a tiny (18') toy hauler. An FEC 100, Louisiana Tail Gator and UDS fit easy and there is no pack / unpack. Fits in standard 20' space. Climate controlled and 1/2 ton towable. Tough to imagine much easier for me. A box runner is a welcome luxury but not mandatory. It's a 2007 and I paid $7500.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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I have been cooking alone since pretty much the beggining... I started out with an open trailer.. I had two stumps on it and packed and ezup, cooler, and folding table.. I started out small.. Figure out the basic items you need to cook with and start from there.. You can cook at contest alone if you have a good list and a time line. As for the cookers, get something that easy to maintain.. I started out with a Lang, had a backwoods, and now I own Stump's product and a DW kooker as well.. They all work well with gurus, stokers, and Ique 110.. I can get the sleep I need at night time... that is the key, getting the rest you need the night before the contest is the most important thing.. Keep it simple...
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:36 PM   #6
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Go to home depot and get you one of them action packers totes and get one one large enough to put all of your tools, rubs and spices into it... That worked for me in the beginning and it allowed me to grow into adding more and by that time, I ended up with an Enclosed trailer that houses everything including the cooker.. So know all I do is hook up and go.. One man and one man only
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:23 PM   #7
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I too am doing a comp this weekend - solo, it will be a challenge but will have fun.
My 9 year old son is going to be with me and he will be do some work for me though.
Taking 2 smokers on a trailer - 500 gallon and a 120 gallon smoker . Going to be busy...
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:27 PM   #8
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Thanks folks ..sounds like a trailer is the ticket for me.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:11 AM   #9
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Yeah, and a trailer acts as your pseudo motorhome. I am a habitual overpacker and am learning to pare down to the essentials for rubs, spices and tools. I am keeping my gear to two bins and a spice tub now. While everyone else looks professional with trailers and fancy setups, we look like we are camping. Too fun. A small enclosed trailer is the ticket.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:35 AM   #10
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Fred, you saw our trailer, it could easily be pulled by your RV and is one man capable.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:07 AM   #11
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I pull a small trailer behind an RV, and put everything on wheels. (smokers, shelves with gear, etc.) The smallest team I have cooked with is 2 people, but I can load and unload everything myself.

A single axle trailer is rated for 3,000 pounds, so almost anything can pull it.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:19 AM   #12
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I did Beltway BBQ Showdown this year by myself. I transported all my gear with a Chevy Avalanche. I cooked on two WSMs, a 22 and an 18, both Guru'd. Pork and ribs on the 22 and brisket and chicken on the 18. I think the key for going from multiple team members to one is not trying to reinvent the wheel.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:38 AM   #13
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Here is a nice used trailer for sale.

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Old 08-22-2011, 11:42 AM   #14
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2 WSM's with Guru's, everything premixed (seasonings, injections, marinades, etc), meat already trimmed. 1 canopy, 2 coolers, 2 tables, 1 cambro. A detailed timeline. Sandwiches for your meals. Work as little as possible and rest as much as possible. Remember you still have to have enough energy to drive home afterward too.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:57 PM   #15
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Fred seems like the competition bug has bit you.
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