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Old 02-13-2008, 07:07 PM   #1
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In the battle of the man toys, bigger is always better, but my question is, whats the smallest smoker someone has had success with at a competition?

Has anyone ever showed up with a WSM, or an ECB, or a Kettle and scored well in competition?
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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Many have won at the highest levels using WSM's in various categories. Kettles seem to be a popular choice for chicken as well.
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:19 PM   #3
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WSMs, Banderas, Kettles, and such work just fine at comps.
It is a matter of how organized you are to get all the meat done on time.

At a minimum, you would need to be able to cook one brisket and one butt overnight and then have space for a couple of slabs of ribs and some chicken in the morning.

We started with a Dera and a WSM and made it work.

It does not take "Mega $$" or "Mega cookers" to get started.

Just cooking skill, planning, discipline, and some luck to pull it off.

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Old 02-13-2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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Bubba and Jeff used UDSs last years quite well.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:15 PM   #5
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I use Char-Griller smoking pro's (offsets with side fire box) and have done rather well with them. I use one for the pork products, and the other for the beef and chicken. The butts come off, the ribs go on. The briskets come off, the chicken goes on. It seems to work rather well.

I also carry a Weber 22 1/2" with me just in case and to crisp up the chicken before turn in.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:49 PM   #6
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I have never used one, but the WSM seems to be a popular cooker at the events that I have been to and they have had some success.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:10 PM   #7
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I used a WSM last year and got all my meats turned in on time with no DQ's and didn't do too bad for my first comp.

You can do it with one WSM but it takes alot more work and you have to really plan your timing down pretty tight. Not a whole lot of wiggle room on the timing but it can be done.

The best advice I was given when I was getting ready for my fist comp with only one WSM is "The cooler is your friend." (Thanks Tim)

You can have your 2 butts and 2 briskets on overnight and pull them off early in the morning and cooler them till turn in. This makes room for the ribs and then the chicken.

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Old 02-13-2008, 09:18 PM   #8
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We cooked in a contest last year with a WSM and an OK Joe offset. Ribs and beans were cooked in the OK Joe and everything else in the WSM. Took 4th place in pork and 5th ribs.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:24 PM   #9
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We cooked our first four contests on a Bandera and a weber grill, last year we went to two banderas and left the weber at home. and this year we are going to be using a backwoods party and a weber. So you can do it but I would suggest having the weber or something else other than the one wsm to cook the chicken on if nothing else.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:29 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by CrackerJack from KC View Post
In the battle of the man toys, bigger is always better, but my question is, whats the smallest smoker someone has had success with at a competition?

Has anyone ever showed up with a WSM, or an ECB, or a Kettle and scored well in competition? team as well as many have done well with wsm's.
not sure if you mean the cooker or the number of them though
obviously if you are cooking on a small cooker like a wsm you will most likely need more than one to do all 4 categories comfortably
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:44 AM   #11
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I've been pretty successful with one BWS fat boy.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:46 AM   #12
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I have seen a lot of UDS do well - I use a weber kettle - There is ton of WSM. There was a team that cooked on nothing but weber kettles. I wish I could remember their name. They always did well.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:51 AM   #13
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There are lots of teams using WSM's, last year I used a WSM and a Backwoods Party, I plan on the same setup this year for comps. I know one team in Michigan (Dr Chuckie) who only uses WSM's and he is very competitive. As most say here, it is just a matter of organization and very good planning.
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I cooked at Macclenny last year with 2 UDSs. Not a problem!!
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I'm doing my first comp this year with 2 WSMs, a small offset and a Weber kettle.
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