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Old 08-21-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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I've been competing in a few local contest and I've been watching who's making it to the winners circle, and around KC area there's hardly any cookers other than the stick burners consistently winning. I seldom see a "bullet" cooker or a "drum" cooker in the top 10 in calls and I can't remember a G.C. So question is what cooker or type of cooker wins the most, or has most top calls?. Yes I know this is a loaded question, its more than a cooker the cook has to cook but.... Just asking what others see, or think.

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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OK, taking the cook's skills, and potential regionality influence out of the equation...

What is the % breakout you see of the various cooker types ?

Would it also be fair to assume that newer cooks or less competitive cooks may often have less costly and/or less sizeable pits for logistical reasons ?
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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Yes that would probably be the best way to approach this thought, but I'm only able to be at a few comps and was looking for what going on outside my viewing area, here in K.C. The big guys have Jambo,s or other " higher end " offsets. Now there is always a fair share of drums and bullet styles cooking, but "I" don't recall big time wins from them. so what are others seeing?
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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Harry Soo of "Slap Yo Daddy" uses WSM's w/ECU's and does well. I can't remember where I saw or read it, but I know a high end competitor mentioned that even w/in the governing bodies, preferences can vary based on region. so what wins at one comp may not even get you a call at another even w/in the same governing body.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:19 PM   #5
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I think if you research it a bit further, you will find that many of the teams cooking on Jambos were winning before they bought them.

Looking at it another way, someone who has $50K invested in smokers and a comp trailer is probably more serious, cooking more comps, spending more on meats, etc. than someone who showed up with a couple of UDS and a pop-up in the back of a pickup. If you switched smokers with the best teams, they would still beat you (and me).
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:25 PM   #6
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Smokin' Guns - drums
The Smoking Hills - WSM
Burntfinger - Rebel
Shake N Bake - Gateway Drums
Butcher - FEC

Just off the top of my head. No doubt that Jambos win, but you don't drop the dime on a Jambo without being a top of the line competitor first.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:39 PM   #7
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There are many people using drums/barrels with much success. KC Can Crew comes to mind real quick for some. I've been selling my products to many known cooks this year, it's wsms for Harry Soo, and so on. There are many types of cookers winning, and will continue to be that way. There is more great cooks now than ever before, but the best ones can cook on anything. That's one thing I love about competing is the ability to take my products and compete against anything next to us pit wise. Glad it's that way and not mandated more somehow. Steve.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:37 AM   #8
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American Royal Grand Champion = drum cookers
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:16 AM   #9
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wood, you can win with high end smoker, and with low end smokers. The winners, particularly those who do so with some consistency, do it because they're just ****ed good at what they do. Choose a smoker that fits your style and what you want. If you want sleep, look to the forget-it cabinet smokers. If you enjoy tinkering with fire, get an offset. If you dont mind some fire tinkering, on a small budget, need to travel "light", look at WSM's. etc.

I didnt GC but I RGC'd an early competition using a small brinkmann smoker and 2 weber grills against 42 teams having every kind of smoker on earth. This was TINY, on a TINY budget. I did that well because I knew what to do, knew how to do it, worked by *** off, and got just a tad lucky. Same for every competition; for every winner.
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I believe there is a correlation, but its a chicken or egg thing. Some of those better cooks that cook on Jambos say they are better with a Jambo. When they own several of them and keep winning, there is likely something to that. But they were pretty darned good to begin with. I have one GC, several calls and just won ribs this weekend at Excelsior Springs with drums. Dont ask about the other categories, however.
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Smokin' Guns - drums
The Smoking Hills - WSM
Burntfinger - Rebel
Shake N Bake - Gateway Drums
Butcher - FEC

Just off the top of my head. No doubt that Jambos win, but you don't drop the dime on a Jambo without being a top of the line competitor first.
You also forgot Gettin' Basted does pretty well cooking on drums...
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:59 AM   #12
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I don't know the exact count of Jambo's that were at the Sam's regional in Rockford but the BBQSuperstore.com beat them all with his drums. Just sayin
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:39 AM   #13
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Those Mak's are doing really good also!!
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:37 PM   #14
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5 or 6 years ago there was a young kid cooking on Weber Bullets and started making quite a name for himself. The better they got the better equipment they bought.
Now he has a custom Jambo sitting on the back proch of his custom trailer and is still kickin ass and takin names.
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Now that's just a small handfull of the teams here in Iowa!

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:46 PM   #15
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Yep. Almost all, actually all, start with drums, wsm's, backwoods, FEC's etc. When you started busting out GC's and RGC's this goes from a money losing hobby to a money making hobby. For tax purposes that smoker, toy hauler, etc are a business expense for many.
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