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Unread 10-06-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default something to ponder in the off season

do you like to cook hungry or full? if i am full my interest in eating and cooking is drasticly reduced therefore i try to stay as hungry as possible when in competition (not that it has ever helped in a major way). do you have a preference and do you feel that cooking hungry provides "THE EDGE"?
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Unread 10-06-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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i always cook hungry. i feel, unfounded as it may be, that my taste buds are sharper, and i can discern flavor profiles better. i.e, i mixed the sauce right, i put on eough/too much rub, etc. etc.
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I start a cook hungover, sleepy, and needing a good shower. Then finish wide awake, clean and enjoying several cold beer.
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I don't think it's a preference, but we always seem to have empty stomachs on turn-in day... It's probably better than being full because we are more willing to sample multiple thighs, bones, chunks and slices than we would be inclined to do if we had breakfast that morning... Who knows if that actually helps us or not. Something to test in the off season I suppose.
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It depends on if the breakfast is any good ...
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Interesting ... I've only cooked in three contest and I've cooked for big parties at the house when ever I bbq I notice I don't eat and like you said you will sample when stuff is ready... I never really eat eat that night either come to think of it...and im usually starving following day... but you are right you get the REAL FLAVOR ... HMMMM interesting
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I think if I were too hungry ANYTHING would taste good to me, but full, I wouldn't find anything all that special. I guess I cook neither hungry OR full. I DO know that by the end of the weekend I'm wanting ANYTHING other than BBQ.
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There's a new thread for ya... what do you crave after a Q comp weekend?
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I start a cook hungover, sleepy, and needing a good shower. Then finish wide awake, clean and enjoying several cold beer.
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At a competition I am not starving, but I generally eat lighter that morning, so I guess I am hungry.
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....wait, what? There's an off season????
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I think if I were too hungry ANYTHING would taste good to me, but full, I wouldn't find anything all that special. I guess I cook neither hungry OR full. I DO know that by the end of the weekend I'm wanting ANYTHING other than BBQ.
Ice cream anyone?
There's a new thread for ya... what do you crave after a Q comp weekend?

that thread exists...i think it was Mcdonalds. at least in my mind it is
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Well... I'm usually hungover the next morn at comps which means that I'm not eating much, so I usually skip bfast in the am. I eat very little other than tasting during turn-ins and nothing else until after the last turn in. (With the exception of 6 shots of bourbon throughout the turn in series and few at 10am for good luck).

So I guess I cook hungry... but I'm not really hungry, I'm just hungover... But I'm also a few shots of bourbon in, before we start turning in ... so I suppose I'm buzzed as well. I guess I like to cook hungover, hungry and buzzed... It worked out pretty well for us this year - I may have to double up next year
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If I am hungry, I would take cold, moldy, dropped in dirt, deep fried chicken feet and tell you it was great and we should put it in a box and turn it in. I become evil if I haven't had breakfast by 9am, so instead of running my team off and getting in trouble with my wife I eat.
I don't cook hungover. I just go ahead and start drinking to cure my hangover. Two cold beers and a bacon, egg and cheese croissant from the BK lounge.
In Greensboro, NC I found a place that makes the best biscuits! It is called biscuitville. I could have ate a dozen.
I guess I could have given the short answer. No hungry here.
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If I am hungry, I would take cold, moldy, dropped in dirt, deep fried chicken feet and tell you it was great and we should put it in a box and turn it in. I become evil if I haven't had breakfast by 9am, so instead of running my team off and getting in trouble with my wife I eat.
I don't cook hungover. I just go ahead and start drinking to cure my hangover. Two cold beers and a bacon, egg and cheese croissant from the BK lounge.
In Greensboro, NC I found a place that makes the best biscuits! It is called biscuitville. I could have ate a dozen.
I guess I could have given the short answer. No hungry here.
ha! my wife's the same way...she must eat, or the world ends. at least mine does.
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....wait, what? There's an off season????
No offseason, business season around here.

What contests should I enter, which ones should I judge, what experimenting should I do, what do I need to get to make life easier etc
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I find it hard to eat the day of the competition. The smell of the smoke and the lack of sleep must curve my appetite.
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