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Old 02-14-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default UDS in Competitions

I would like to enter a competition in my area and was wondering if I can enter with a UDS? You have to start somewhere.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #2
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Of course. There are plenty of teams that use them.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:06 AM   #3
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I have seen alot of teams using them. I have seen as many as 4 in one camp. 1 for each meat I suppose.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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We used to use one. First place ribs on ours!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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I've been using them since I started competing 4 years ago.
2 First place briskets, 1 First place ribs and numerous other calls in all catagories.

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #6
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Not that we are any one, but we have used three UDS with no other smoker or grill.

I would say that two would be my minimum for a comp. I have no problem cooking all four categories on one, but space starts to become an issue. Three is nice because you can eliminate some of the lid lifting.

As a matter of fact, I built two (for $50 total) on a Wed and smoked a contest with them on Friday. They don't have to be fancy, if you put the trophy on it after the contest... it makes them fancier.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #7
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I have always competed with two drums and switched between a small wsm or 30 gallon drum for chicken. This year I plan to do it all on two 55 gallon drums. Big meats on one and small meats on the other.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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Lots of Drums out there you will feel right at home. Whenever I get ADD about a pit and sell it, I always fall back to my original drums for competing.

I'll be taking one as back up with me this year. I know I can get it started quickly and cook quickly if needed very versatile piece of kit.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:07 PM   #9
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I'm bringing three with me next weekend
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:08 PM   #10
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They have done pretty good for me 1st brisket 2008 Jack and 1st brisket 2010 royal 10th brisket in 2011 royal. That just the major brisket calls
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:17 PM   #11
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5 Contests with us using the 3 UDSs. 1 call for ribs, 1 call for brisket, 2 calls for pork, 1 call for special category (turkey) 3rd vegetable at the American Royal, and 1 GC.

I sorta like them.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:01 PM   #12
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You'll quickly see....many folks use these in competition. Our team built 2 before our first contest just to be able to enter.

Heck, at that first contest I saw a team using a modded filing cabinet cooker. If I'm remembering correctly, they took 1st place chicken at that event. As many say, it ain't the cooker!

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:42 PM   #13
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6 Comps last year using 3 UDS' only. 2GC, 1RGC, 2 top 10's, 1 in the teens out of 88 and 1st at the AR in Ribs, all on Gateway Drum Smokers - Not your typical UDS!
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:02 PM   #14
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Several first place chicken, brisket and ribs calls last year on my design UDS. Got a $4000 vault and I still cook chicken on my UDS.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:06 PM   #15
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If I can give just one bit of advice....NEVER, EVER leave the lids off on your drums after the last turn in!!

just sayin'!
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