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Unread 01-31-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Default Our first comp coming up.. Help

I was hoping to get some input from some of you seasoned competitors! Other than the standard "competition" checklist of things to have on site, I'm sure there are quite a few things that you've learned from experience that we may need to know! Thanks for the help!

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Unread 01-31-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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Practice,practice did I say practice. Do a practice cook to get your times down.
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Unread 01-31-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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TRY to relax but make sure to have fun and make many new friends. The rest will come later!!
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Do a practice cook to get your times down.
This is key. I never did a full blown practice comp cook, but I took a lot of notes and I know how long it takes for each meat to cook on my pits.

Some advice I have read on a practice cook - Make a checklist of everything you need and have it outside in your pit area. If you have to go into the house for something add it to your list. If there is something you didn't use, take it off. Well, except for the fire extinguisher.

And have reasonable goals. Mine were (and still are): 1. Don't miss any turn in times. 2. No DQs. 3. No DAL's. You meet those goals at your first comp, and you have done well. Get a call and you've kicked a$$.
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Unread 01-31-2012, 08:12 PM   #7
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If you have a checklist, and you should, use it. Don't assume you put both of your butts in the truck, because who would forget to do that right? Yeah lesson learned. Thank goodness for a great mother-in-law that was able to bring them to us half way. Seriously only check it off the list once you have put it in the vehicle.
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In addition to everything above, be careful Friday night. Socializing will overwhelm you and before you know it, you'll have tipped one too many and you will be paying for it all day Saturday.

Also, remember you can trim (but don't season) the meat ahead of time - this will save you a ton of time Friday. Don't put off building your boxes until the last minute, do them Friday night and put in a cooler.

Most of all - Relax & have fun.
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Introduce yourself to your neighbors at the comp. Share a drink or two. Bring over an abt or three. Let them know that you are new and ask them to give a shout out if they have any advice or suggestions.

BBQ competitors are extremely friendly and the guy next to you can be a great resource.

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Quick note. On my checklist each item has two boxes. One for "I have this item in the required qty." The other for "this has been packed and/or loaded." the checklist also turns into a shopping list 14, 7, and 2 days before the competition.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 03:05 AM   #11
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Trim your meat before the comp and utilize the time saved to network and make friends. Most cooks are very helpful especially with first timers. Pick their brains and ask for advice. Ask the KCBS reps questions after the cook meeting. They are generally very helpful as well. Also try to get some sleep. My first few comps I didn't and I paid for it at turn ins. Just a few hours goes a long way. Last but not least, just make sure to slice through your ribs and brisket completely. Just to be safe, lay both meats in the box one slice/rib at a time. Have fun and good luck!!


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Great advice from everyone above, wish we had it when we started out.

The best advice up there is practice, practice, practice. Can't really say enough about that.

Additionally, keep track of:
1) how your pit cooks in different environments (wind, outside temp, elevation, etc.)
2) timing; get your timing down so there is little to no rest time on your small meats (CHX and Ribs) and enough rest time on your bigger meats to still turn them in as hot as possible
3) the other competitor's advice; it's invaluable to a new team and most seasoned teams will gladly lend a hand
4) enjoying the event; just have fun...it really is a learning process.

Best of luck at your first event.
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Prepare for the worst, hope for the best and above all, have fun. None of it means anything unless you have fun.
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We just finished our first comp last weekend. I have to agree with every thing that was said. Do all the pre trimming you can (especially the chicken). Try to make at least 2 of your boxes the night before, unless your really fast. Give yourself enough time in your time line to make heat adjustments. Check the the weather report, we had some very high winds in Havasu that caused problems for many teams. Take lots of pics, and take pics of your boxes so you can go back and take a look. We were flying so fast at turn in time we didn't and wish we did. Have fun!
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Great advice. Most teams are glad to help and if they can lend you things. Most important have fun
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