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I started grilling on gas grills when I was probably only 12 (we called it bbq back then because we didn't know any better). When I was in my early 20's I was introduced to Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. After reading almost every recipe in the Traeger Cookbook that came with the grill, and many hours of research on the internet, I finally realized the difference between smoking, barbequeing, and grilling. I was more than intrigued.

 

Over time I managed to, in my mind, perfect the art of slow smoking meats on a pellet grill. Whenever I shared my Traeger BBQ with family, they all raved about it.

 

After watching the first season of Barbeque Pitmasters on Netflix, I decided that I had to try competition BBQ. I talked with a few acquaintances of mine who have competed in KCBS events.The consensus between them seemed to be that pellet cookers were not really in the true spirit of competition BBQ. So I decided to build my own water smoker (very, very loosley based on Myron Mixon's Smokers) out of a few old 55 gallon drums we had laying around (I will share some pictures soon).

 

I finished my water smoker only 8 days before the local KCBS competition. I did one practice cook on it, then headed to the comp. I was very unorganized, had no idea what to expect, and did not know how my smoker really cooked (having only cooked one pork butt on it). The entire competition was a hectic mess and I finished only one spot above last place (over another first time comp team), but it was the most fun I have had in a long time.

 

That comp was in late September of 2013, towards the end of the BBQ season. Ever since I have been working with my smoker, cooking brisket, pork butt, ribs and chicken, tweaking recipes and smoker features. My water smoker is far from perfection, but I will have it out on the BBQ circuit for Spring and Summer, (maybe Fall) 2014!

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Welcome, see ya around the forum ! Good luck on the Comp. Trail....
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Good morning and welcome Moo Pig, Nothing like just jumping right in. I am sure by now you have really figured out all your smokers characteristics and fine tune your process. I'll bet you will do really well on that next event. I know from my friends doing this and helping some Organization is a must and making sure you have everything you need. Good luck keep us posted and lots of pictures

 

Gary S

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Hey

 

Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.

 

Gary

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