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Unread 05-03-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default Hey, Competition Cooks, You Guys Rock!

I've been preparing for my first competition for a long time. But, the preparation was only for the cooking part. And, no, I'm not where I need to be. But, that's not what I'm writing about. I'm writing about the incredible amount of hard freakin' work involved in doing a competition. I have been at it since 6am this morning literally non-stop practicing, packing, double checking, and setting up my cook area. I'm exhausted and I still have work to do tonight before going on site tomorrow for the meat inspection and cook's meeting. And, don't get me started on the expense. Thank God I have two sponsors, but I still had to dish out my fair share. I have been a CBJ for several years and need to cook a comp. for my MCBJ. So, this one will do for my MCBJ credential, I hope.

To you guys who have been doing this week in and week out, my hat is off to you!
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Unread 05-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #2
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It gets easier as you do more. You fall into a system for packing, repacking and restocking and a rhythm for meat trimming, sauces, et.
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The key is pacing. You learn you can only push through without sleep so long before you crash hard. Can't remember if I discovered that at competitions, college or programming against deadlines, but it's a universal truth that the human battery can only provide a finite amount of energy before a recharge is needed.

Take a break - you'll enjoy yourself more and live longer.
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The key is pacing. You learn you can only push through without sleep so long before you crash hard. Can't remember if I discovered that at competitions, college or programming against deadlines, but it's a universal truth that the human battery can only provide a finite amount of energy before a recharge is needed.

Take a break - you'll enjoy yourself more and live longer.
Exactly, that is why I just picked up this trailer. Offers a place to carry the smokers and a dry, warm place too crash for a couple of hours when needed.
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Wait till you get kicked in the short hairs by the judges, and wonder why you ever did it, then do it again, lol
We have a sickness, best of luck,

I always say if it was easy everyone would be doing it....
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It's great to see you going all-in on your own to get the FULL experience, I applaud that.
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Exactly, that is why I just picked up this trailer. Offers a place to carry the smokers and a dry, warm place too crash for a couple of hours when needed.

Hey, I like that little teardrop! Never saw one with an equipment platform before. I applaud you sir. It's great to see folks think outside of the box. Just goes to show you don't need a bus to compete.
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I have been a CBJ for several years and need to cook a comp. for my MCBJ. So, this one will do for my MCBJ credential, I hope.

As a Master CBJ and the Head Cook of a Competition team...It will.
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good luck bo!

have fun, way to go all in!
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Hope everything's falling into place for you today!
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Good luck to you! Just remember it's only BBQ. Concentrate on the meat and have fun! I wish more CBJs cooked for themselves to get MCBJ.
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Hey, I like that little teardrop! Never saw one with an equipment platform before. I applaud you sir. It's great to see folks think outside of the box. Just goes to show you don't need a bus to compete.

Man, that's just too cool!
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My guess is you will morph from judge to competitor. Oh, and looking at ur list of cookers, that's a hell of a collection.

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Good Luck Joe, wish I could have made it down to be with ya'll this weekend but it's work for me instead.
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Joe, I'm planning on coming as a vistor, and I'll stop by when I know you aren't busy. If you need a runner or help, I'll be available. Good luck!
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