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Old 12-24-2009, 12:30 PM   #1
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Is there an actual BBQ Brethren Team? I was at the Harpoon Brewery contest a couple years ago and thought I saw an actual team. If yes where are they located and who's on the team. I would be interested in the history of the team. Thanks
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:37 PM   #2
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I'll give it a shot...

It's Phil's team based out of NY. Most often it's BBQ-Brethren.com and at times Phil has/will also use the name Brothers In Smoke.

Phil should provide the historical perspective on the origination & early years as it's his baby.

There's been an evolution of team members (more like cast of characters !!), including out-of-state Brethren Jorge from TX, Parrothead from IL, Chad from FL and a few others. Lots of interesting & funny old threads on those that make for good reading.

In recent years it's been Scott (Yakfishingfool), myself (in retirement on my own), Danny aka "Maestro De Pollo" and most importantly, his son James who is the ever constant and most tenured of all. Muzzlebrake was the official Brethren roadie & teammate for the American Royal & Jack, Jorge was at the AR &nd HoDeDo was also a Brethren for a weekend at the Jack.

A few years ago, I made an attempt to put together a Brethren "national" team that would compete under the same official name aross the country to achieve best chances of maximizing KCBS TOY. With the new KCBS scoring methods it didn't really pan out. Specifically at that Harpoon contest you noted, Sledneck and I cooked as BBQ Brethren.com with Phil there as well. Sled tanked our GC chances that day with his 33rd place steak sauce brisket after a 1st & 3rd place in two other categories.

Apparently, Sledneck needs an official invitation from Phil nowadays

Last Sept.. Big Mista & BigDog cooked at the American Royal under the Brethren name as the the group could not get to KC.

The Brethren team banners really allow tenured members to fly the Brethren flag and still compete under their own name with BBQ Brethen affiliation included.. At the same time, anyone flying the Brethren flag will welcome another member in to have a beer or maybe even learn something.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:40 PM   #3
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Colorful history. Thanks for telling.
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:42 PM   #4
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A) I purposely tanked the brisket just as I tanked your chicken in NH so that you never enjoy winning a GC

B) Invitation? Pfffft He couldnt pay me
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:53 PM   #5
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:40 PM   #6
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Interesting....was there a post between meats and butt's? What's between meat and butts.... :)

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Old 12-24-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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The Brethren team banners really allow tenured members to fly the Brethren flag and still compete under their own name with BBQ Brethen affiliation included.. At the same time, anyone flying the Brethren flag will welcome another member in to have a beer or maybe even learn something.
Are orders still being taken and filled for banners with the team name on it? I looked at the thread for it the other day and the process appeared stalled. I was thinking about checking into one.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:05 AM   #8
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I'll give it a shot...

It's Phil's team based out of NY. Most often it's BBQ-Brethren.com and at times Phil has/will also use the name Brothers In Smoke.

Phil should provide the historical perspective on the origination & early years as it's his baby.

There's been an evolution of team members (more like cast of characters !!), including out-of-state Brethren Jorge from TX, Parrothead from IL, Chad from FL and a few others. Lots of interesting & funny old threads on those that make for good reading.

In recent years it's been Scott (Yakfishingfool), myself (in retirement on my own), Danny aka "Maestro De Pollo" and most importantly, his son James who is the ever constant and most tenured of all. Muzzlebrake was the official Brethren roadie & teammate for the American Royal & Jack, Jorge was at the AR &nd HoDeDo was also a Brethren for a weekend at the Jack.

A few years ago, I made an attempt to put together a Brethren "national" team that would compete under the same official name aross the country to achieve best chances of maximizing KCBS TOY. With the new KCBS scoring methods it didn't really pan out. Specifically at that Harpoon contest you noted, Sledneck and I cooked as BBQ Brethren.com with Phil there as well. Sled tanked our GC chances that day with his 33rd place steak sauce brisket after a 1st & 3rd place in two other categories.

Apparently, Sledneck needs an official invitation from Phil nowadays

Last Sept.. Big Mista & BigDog cooked at the American Royal under the Brethren name as the the group could not get to KC.

The Brethren team banners really allow tenured members to fly the Brethren flag and still compete under their own name with BBQ Brethen affiliation included.. At the same time, anyone flying the Brethren flag will welcome another member in to have a beer or maybe even learn something.
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A) I purposely tanked the brisket just as I tanked your chicken in NH so that you never enjoy winning a GC

B) Invitation? Pfffft He couldnt pay me
I know just how he did it too... Bet he turned in his version of burnt ends... lol
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:44 PM   #9
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Are orders still being taken and filled for banners with the team name on it? I looked at the thread for it the other day and the process appeared stalled. I was thinking about checking into one.

If offered the honor, we would also like to order one.
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I prefer to think of myself as driver/public relations..........but roadie is cool

and don't forget being packed in like sardines on the barren hot waste lands of southeastern pennsylvania...... Africa HOT!
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:53 PM   #11
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Mokan Meathead was also part of the 2009 American Royal team.

Hodedo was Poobah Ameritas at the 2008 GAB Invitational.

Jorge is more of a "groupie".
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Good catches Todd...

"Groupie" ?? I'll let you refer to Jorge as that.. never gonna come out of my mouth or keyboard !!! That man has guns... and knows how to use them !!! To me...just a great teammate. Here's a pic of Jorge keeping a super straight face while we made a box at Harpoon '07. He should have been laughing knowing the legs were gonna fail (again). Needless to say, we had several top three calls... chicken wasn't it.

Jorge was right there all evening trying to tame a raging 350+ fire with the first attempt using the 50 lb super thick charcoal maze basket from hell for the Spicebox.


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and don't forget being packed in like sardines on the barren hot waste lands of southeastern pennsylvania...... Africa HOT!
Does Phil pay you more as official Brethren Rig Driver/Director of PR than as a Brethren Roadie ??


Man, you get around... Forgot about Yardley & the brutal heat !!! We got to meet the BBQ Bandit (who stirred a mean tomato sauce) & OC Pig Assassins for the first time and we stole Sledneck's WSM's.
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:23 PM   #13
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I cooked with Mista at a small IBCA contest in Palm Desert under the Brethren Banner
We beat a rookie named Harry Soo for the GC by just a few points
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Good catches Todd...

I'll let you refer to Jorge as "groupie" though... Never gonna come out of my mouth or keyboard !!! Regardless a great teammate. Here's a pic of Jorge keeping a straight face while we made a box at Harpoon '07. He should have been laughing knowing the legs were gonna fail. Needless to say, we had several top three calls... chicken wasn't it..
Jorge was right there all evening trying to tame a raging 350+ fire with the first attempt using the 50 lb super thick charcoal maze basket from hell for the Spicebox.




Does Phil pay you more as official Brethren Rig Driver/Director of PR than as a Brethren Roadie ??


Man, you get around... Forgot about Yardley & the brutal heat !!! We got to meet the BBQ Bandit (who stirred a mean tomato sauce) & OC Pig Assassins for the first time and we stole Sledneck's WSM's.
Ah yes, part of the reason I tanked the brisket at harpoon .Paybacks a bitch aint it?
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Does Phil pay you more as official Brethren Rig Driver/Director of PR than as a Brethren Roadie ??
nah pay is the same but it looks much better on business cards and credit applications

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since when do groupies get to top?

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