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Unread 07-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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First time I will doing a comp by myself, any tips or suggestions would be appreciated!
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Unread 07-28-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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I compete alone. The biggest thing for me is to keep everything organized. Not only your site, but also you timelines. Once I am done using something I put it back and I don't get things out until I need them. I have a set time when I do all of my meat prep, rubs, injections, etc. and when thing need to go on the smoker. If you have a smart phone, download a kitchen timer app or use multiple alarms on your phone. Try to prep as much as possible at home. I trim all my meat and have all my rubs, injections & sauces done Thursday night.
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Don't forget that you put the brisket back into the smoker at 11am because you didn't think it had enough bark and then realize at 1:06 pm it is in the smoker instead of the Cambro.

Not that it happened to me.

Just sayin'
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Unread 07-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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have a timeline and FOLOW it. And do as much prep work at home as you can.
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have a timeline and FOLOW it. And do as much prep work at home as you can.
x2 Also remember to get sleep/rest. Enjoy the experience and don't stress.



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don't get drunk
Awesomely funny and very wise words at the same time .

Having the butt and brisket done and holding a few hours before turn ins makes for less scrambling when turns ins happen and I'm messing with chicken and ribs.
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A timeline is crucial. Make a spreadsheet (or in my case a table) of each meat and what needs to be done and at what time from injection to turn-in. I keep the timeline and a summary of the cooking process for each meat in plastic sleeves in a plastic binder near my prep table (plastic protects against my spilling and ruining my notes).
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I told my wife I am learning that the key is a timeline and stay organized, she said "than your screwed!"
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Enlist her or someone else to help make boxes and turn them in. My wife a and daugher have helped me in the past (only two previous comps under my belt). My next comp is in August. Have a buddy joining me to help.
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Enlist her or someone else to help make boxes and turn them in. My wife a and daugher have helped me in the past (only two previous comps under my belt). My next comp is in August. Have a buddy joining me to help.
My wife and daughter quit the team last year! and all friends and buddies are busy hmmmm??? So I am looking forward to the new challenge
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dave, which event?
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dave, which event?
Sam's Club - Long Island Aug. 18th
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i see. i should be there too, if you need something holler. but you probably don't want me running your boxes.
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The key thing is know your cooker. Make a few practice runs at home to see how long you can go without adding fuel to the cooker so you know how long you can sleep. Unless you have a fancy cooker that will go all day on one load of coal. I did some test runs with no meat on the smoker to learn mine. Get a cot or lounge chair to sleep on. If not the ants will love you. I slept on air matress on ground and woke up with 100 ant bites. Good luck and happy smoking!
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