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Old 10-25-2009, 07:34 AM   #1
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Hello All, just want to say this is a great forum. I am very new and green to bbqing as well as competition cooking. But slowly and surely I am starting to produce some decent bbq. I olny have a Brinkman vertial smoker, but upgrading real soon to an offset reverse flow (Lang style) smoker. Should be within the next month or so.
Anyway, I visited my first competition in Jesup, GA yesterday, and it was a real experience. Tasted some really good bbq and well as met some extremely nice people. Just have a few questions that I thought I would post:

1) What do competitors do about water?

2) If you do not have a camper, where do you sleep at night?

3) Did not see any bathroom facilities. How does that work?

Thanks for your feedback.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:41 AM   #2
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1) What do competitors do about water?

Most competition sites have running water available. If not the organizer will typically bring in a water truck. Sometimes the water is close enough that you can run a hose, other times you have to hike to get it.

2) If you do not have a camper, where do you sleep at night?

Anywhere you can We sleep inside of our trailer (cargo trailer). Others set up tents and sill others just sleep in a chair.

3) Did not see any bathroom facilities. How does that work?

There should have been porta-potties at least. Some comps have indoor facilities with running water, but there is always banks of porta-potties.
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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1) What do competitors do about water?

Most competition sites have running water available. If not the organizer will typically bring in a water truck. Sometimes the water is close enough that you can run a hose, other times you have to hike to get it.
We bring large water jugs. Not all of our area comps have water handy. I can get through the weekend with about 12 gallons. Fill up a 5 gallon 5 day cooler with really hot water and it'll stay hot for 24 hrs or so. I usually add a pot of boiling water on the 2nd day.

2) If you do not have a camper, where do you sleep at night?

Anywhere you can We sleep inside of our trailer (cargo trailer). Others set up tents and sill others just sleep in a chair.
Ditto

3) Did not see any bathroom facilities. How does that work?

There should have been porta-potties at least. Some comps have indoor facilities with running water, but there is always banks of porta-potties.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:36 AM   #4
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Nothing beats a cold night sleeping for 10 minutes at a time in a chair and a sky full of blue smoke.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:10 AM   #5
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Every one has they're own way of dealing with things...
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1) What do competitors do about water?
We normally bring two 5-gallon containers to fill up at the site. We also bring about 50 feet of hose if the supply is closer. Along with the hose, we bring a couple of splitters and spray tip.

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2) If you do not have a camper, where do you sleep at night?
We also don't have a camper. We set up a single cot and take turns crashing during the night. This way we always have two people up to man the cooker.

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3) Did not see any bathroom facilities. How does that work?
As Ron said, there are always banks of 'Port-A-John'. Some venues do have indoor toilets and some even offer showers.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:05 PM   #6
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We're cheap. I save the milk jugs for a few weeks then fill them and transport them
in... For us, about 15 gallons, but we use only 10-12 of them. For hot water, I bring
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Sleep? We dont SLEEP!!! Normally we pass out face-first in the dirt about 6pm
on Saturday... Pretty much where ever we're standing will do.
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