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Unread 01-10-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Question Putting a team together

Thinking about putting a team together for this up coming season. See how our food really stands up.

1. How many are on an average team?

2. Looking for any general advise or consideration I/we need to think about before getting started.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Depends on the sanctioning body. KCBS, the average is probably down around 2.5. A few others where whole hog might be involved you're looking at 4-8.

2. Refer to above. What would you enjoy cooking? Do you prefer just having some fun, or do you prefer the thrill of the competition? Some folks prefer unsanctioned comps; others want the level of competition and the standards provided by a sanctioning body.

I suggest going to a competition or two and watching closely. If you have the opportunity, volunteer to judge.

Otherwise, practice, practice, and then practice. Read the rules carefully. Then have a plan (things to pack, times to do things, etc). When practicing, practice with/to a fixed turn-in time.

First and foremost, have fun.
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2 people per team?? How much fun is that? We were think 5-6. That would help with cost of meat and most important beer. Looking to just have fun. We do some small sanctioned stuff but mostly looking to be with friends and do something we all enjoy.
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Too many chiefs in the kitchen leads to disagreement. Unless you each want to be the owner of the specific category, you are still going to get opinions from other cooks on your team. On our team, there is just two of us, having fun, loving to cook and that's it. form a couple teams. The last team I was on with four of us, there was not enough pitch in from others, expertise or carrying the load from a team standpoint, I just grew frustrated with not being on the same page and wanting to practice to get our methods down and win, not just wing it.

After leaving my last team and starting to cook with a friend, we took home five ribbons last year and are still practicing as much as possible to hopefully get us some hardware this year.
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I cook by myself and usually bring at least one other person to help with load in/load out, making boxes and running. I like to be the one making the decisions on the cooking, that way if anything goes wrong, I have no one to blame but myself and to me, it makes the satisfaction of getting a call that much better. I had a few calls last year in my first year of cooking competition bbq and it was great. If the contest is within an hour of my home, I sometimes have friends show up to hang out and drink beer with, but while they are there, I always try to keep them busy If you are thinking about involving other people in the cooking; I'd have them cook thier own categories without stepping on their toes and expect the same from them. Just remember that if you nail your categories and they screw up one of thiers, you cant be mad that it may have cost you GC or RGC.
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if you go just to have a good time.. 5-10 people.. if you want to go and be serious.. 1-2..
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Thinking about putting a team together for this up coming season. See how our food really stands up.

1. How many are on an average team?

2. Looking for any general advise or consideration I/we need to think about before getting started.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Depends on you.

We have about 6-8 people on our team for KCBS contests. Some people take a catagory, some are there to run boxes, some are there to have fun.

We have about 10-14 people on our team for smaller MBN contests. Some people take a catagory and have an assistant, some are there to run boxes, some are there to have fun and party.

At Memphis in May we had 85 or so people on the team...thats right 85. While only 12 of us cooked the competition food, the rest took turns cooking for the team and guests, prep, box running, bartending, security, and clean up. Its a huge undertaking and takes alot of money to throw that big of a party. So its all up to you, do what works, and don't let the drama tear you apart.



As far as advice, go to the library and check out some competition bbq books. If you can take a class, do so. Search youtube for instructional videos. Review some of the threads on here. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.

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Depends on you.

We have about 10-14 people on our team for smaller MBN contests. Some people take a catagory and have an assistant, some are there to run boxes, some are there to have fun and party.

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What I like and dislike about MBN. You can only have 20 teams at a comp, but potentially be competing against 59 other people. Theoretically you can be on one team, but if you have seperate cooks on your team for each category, you can all make the finals and be competing against each other.
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To stay competitive, I think a team needs 4 or less teammates. Lord knows enough friends will show up to "help", which actually means sitting around and clogging up your cooking/prep/boxing areas.

The comment by Greendrake, "Too many chiefs in the kitchen leads to disagreement" is a wise statement.

If you really don't care about results and truly want to have fun...skys the limit.
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We were a team of three but one person did'nt want to practice lot so I had to get rid of him. You can still have fun when you practice and learn a lot each and every time you do something. So I thing 2 is a good number. It is true you always have plenty around just to do odds and ends.
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Just me and my wife on our team, and since we just had a baby in October, I'll be a 1 man team this year just as I was for the last 2 comps I did in 2011. If you want to make it a party, get all the team mates that you want, but as you get more serious your team size will likely decrease.
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I am doing my first comp in May, and while its a single entry event, I only have one other person. From walking around the local KCBS/NEBS comp we have here, I noticed that the teams were mostly between 2-4 people. I don't recall seeing any more than that.
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What I like and dislike about MBN. You can only have 20 teams at a comp, but potentially be competing against 59 other people. Theoretically you can be on one team, but if you have seperate cooks on your team for each category, you can all make the finals and be competing against each other.
Yup - Ribs, Shoulder, Whole Hog - I've seen teams sweep the contest and walk away with some coin. I've also seen teams win Whole Hog and Shoulder and be beaten on the GC by a team that only entered Ribs. Any Given Saturday...

plus there are bonus contests like Sauce, Wings, Sidedish, Exotic, Poultry, Beef, Beans, Slaw, Margarita, Bloody Mary, Dessert...etc

MBN and KCBS both have their pros and cons...
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We have 2 people. Three would be ideal, but two seems to work. I wouldn't judge your food "standing-up" based on competitions. The backyard and competition, at least for our team has been very different. Even the small amount of catering we have done has had very little or nothing to do with what we do in competition. A question though: If your not looking to win, why compete? Many times as I'm sitting huddled in a trailer to stay out of 60 mph winds and horizontal rain I'll think " next time save the money and host a party at home." Good luck out there.
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Thinking about putting a team together for this up coming season. See how our food really stands up.

1. How many are on an average team?

2. Looking for any general advise or consideration I/we need to think about before getting started.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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When you say, "See how our food really stands up." who is our? That should be the team. If it's "your" I would find a close friend that can take you barking orders at them and not being polite at all times.

Our team is my wife and I and I wouldn't really have it any other way. She has a great palette and she also knows exactly when to pull the ribs. It's also helped us have a common goal and passion which I believe has made us a much better couple than we were before.

One other thing I enjoy about having a small team is that we wander a lot more than large teams that tend to hang out by themselves. Getting to know many of the people in BBQ has been a blessing I didn't even think of when we first started.
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