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Unread 02-14-2008, 11:35 AM   #1
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Do you buy competition meat from the local supplier near your home, pack on ice, and take it with you to the contest?

Or do you pick up the entries near the contest?

If quality, certified products (ex. CAB Packers) were available at/near a contest, and you could order what you need ahead of time, when you send in the entry form, would you take advantage of this?
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I like to have it a head of time and take with me. Less chance for anything to go wrong IMO.
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I like to have it a head of time and take with me. Less chance for anything to go wrong IMO.
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I get mine from a local butcher/sponser. gives me brisket,butts and ribs at his cost. It really adds up over the year.
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We have a meat sponsor for our competitions, and use him exclusively when were catering and consuming....but even without him, I'd make sure meat was aquired long before we loaded up the trailer....
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I like to hand pick what meat I want to use. To me a nice cut choice brisket is better that a cab that may not be the size shape etc. you want.
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I would be worried I wouldn't get exactly what I was looking for, and then you show up and you're SOL.

I think this would more apply to ribs and briskets... If you told me I could order pork butts... I don't think thay could go terribly wrong. (might be why I tanked pork in the last two contests...)
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GEt mine ahead of time also. Will consider aging in Cryo now that I have an extra fridge.
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Ahead of time ,for all of the reason's listed above.
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Depends. If we're flying in somewhere, we usually take our briskets with us and pick up everything else near the contest. If we're driving somewhere that takes a couple of days, we take the brisket and usually call ahead and make sure the Sams Club has what we need and pre-order. Otherwise, we take it all with us.
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GEt mine ahead of time also. Will consider aging in Cryo now that I have an extra fridge.
A new Spice, and an extra fridge too? You're living high my man.

My butcher shop ages the briskets for me in their cooler. Last comp, the packers spent 4 weeks in cold storage. Can't say it helped the score, but it was more tender than usual.
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I bring everything with me. I try to aged briskets about 40 days in cryovac. I pretrim chicken and freeze it. I pretrim ribs and may or may not freeze them. Butt's I try to pick up that week before I leave but I sometimes freeze them if there's a good sale on.
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Depends. If we're flying in somewhere, we usually take our briskets with us and pick up everything else near the contest. If we're driving somewhere that takes a couple of days, we take the brisket and usually call ahead and make sure the Sams Club has what we need and pre-order. Otherwise, we take it all with us.
Bet that makes for some interesting stories clearing thru the TSA folks!!
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I bring it all with me as I tried to buy contest meat in a town where we were at once and well all I had was a bad weekend. Garnish is the only thing I will roll the dice on!!
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Bet that makes for some interesting stories clearing thru the TSA folks!!
Oh yeah! We carry it on and we basically have the "please step to the side" down pat! lol!

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Garnish is the only thing I will roll the dice on!!
That's one thing I CAN'T do! I'm too anal. I call ahead and pre-order. Usually I give them the lowdown on how I would like it prepared for pickup and if it's not up to par, I ask to go to the back and pilfer through their cases and they allow me to do it myself. 9 times out of 10, it's been exactly what I've ordered. I make sure to write the persons name down and the address of the store and I send a thank you note to the manager and tell them what fantastic customer service I've received. It's only fair.
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