I have been working on my rib recipe (Back, Spares, and Country Style) for probably 8-10 years now. I feel that I finally have it down to where I want it, including rub and sauce recipes. So I think it might actually be time to take the next step and try a competition. I know that Sams club has one in my area, but it seems kind of pricey for a first comp. It would end up costing me $285 for registation. And just the thought of trying to compete makes me really nervous. I'm sure my best product would not come out when nervous. I also don't know if I would have the right equipment.
So my first question (to help put my mind at eas) is: What kind of smokers do people show up with at these? Would I be out of place showing up with a vertical vault smoker? Does everyone have stick burning trailers?
Second: What other type of equipment do I need? At home, sanitation is controlled by my house. In a parking lot do I need to have hot water and what not or is it supplied? \
I'm sure the best thing to do would be to just take this year and travel around to some of the competitions to see how they are run. Then I have a better idea of what to expect. But....I'm pretty impatient.....