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Old 12-24-2009, 10:32 AM   #1
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So, the BIL and me have decided to enter our first comp in April up in Winchester, TN. He's taking the lead on brisket and ribs and I'm in charge of pork and chicken. We've decided on a team name (Rub Won Out) and we've been practicing and experimenting with our entries. My question is this: should we enter the backyard division for our first time out, or just jump in with the big dogs and really get our asses handed to us?
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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Do you cook the same meats for backyard? Some backyard comps only cook chicken and ribs, for example. if you are cooking all four meats then go for it! You never know what will happen!
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:51 AM   #4
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Go for it - You learn the fastest and most from the best.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:54 AM   #5
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Jump right in. It's hard enough getting up the nerve to compete for the first time, don't put yourself through that twice. (backyard division, and pro division)

As Moocow mentioned, plenty of people will help you out if you ask.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:57 AM   #6
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:07 PM   #7
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:12 PM   #8
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:22 PM   #9
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:40 PM   #10
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With a name that good you're already a pro!!
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:42 PM   #11
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Ditto ^^^^^
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:43 PM   #12
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Go for it - You learn the fastest and most from the best.
I'll second that! And the same goes for no matter what you are learning - always try to learn from their experience.

AND - be sure to read a lot here at the forum - there's TONS of valuable, helpful advice available for the searching.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:26 PM   #13
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A word about "learning" from other teams. Depending on how the "learning" is done some of your compadres may call that shigging (stealing). So here's some thoughts on how to learn and how not to learn:

How to learn:
1. Admit up front that you are a brand new team and that you have a lot to learn. Most folks are receptive to helping out a new team who comes at this competition thing with a bit of humility (coming off my rookie year this is something I found to be true).

2. Remember #1 and remind those around you as often as possible.

How NOT to learn:

1. Hanging around and watching teams prep and cook their meat, especially if you are uninvited, is a recipe for the cold shoulder. That's shigging! In fact, if you see folks starting to prep their stuff, and they start moving into their rigs, more than likely that the time to move on.

Finally, some teams will be real generous and others will be jerks. The idea that every team that competes is full of warm fuzzies and is there for the spirit of the event is a myth. When you encounter someone who is not all that friendly, just move along. You'll run into good folks eventually. Don't take all the posturing and heaviness that some teams project as anything personal.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:35 PM   #14
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I agree about diving right in. You've got time to practice, and there is a ton of information out there to help. Plus, you've got the great folks here to answer questions and offer advice. Here is my advice.

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Old 12-24-2009, 01:37 PM   #15
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