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I am pretty new to smoking meat, and BBQ in general.  I'd like to learn more about it, since my experiences so far have been really positive.  So far, I've smoked pork tenderloin, turkey, rump roast, chicken drumsticks and a pork butt-- all with pretty good success.  I have a 14' WSM, and I love it.  I went ahead and ordered a Masterbuilt digital smoker-- which worked out pretty well.  However, to me, nothing quite beats the taste of a charcoal grilled or smoked hunk of meat.


Thinking about signing up for a KCBS judging class.  If for no other reason, to learn more about BBQ in general.

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Welcome to the board! You came to the right place to learn. Sounds like you're already off to a good start on your own.

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Welcome to the Forum!  Stick with this forum and you'll have just about every question you can have answered. 

As far as taking a KCBS judging class to learn more about BBQ, it might possibly do that, but it's more gonna be about what tenderness to look for in competition BBQ, which is a whole other beast compared to back yard grilling and smoking.  If you do take the class, sign up to judge a few events, the stuff us comp cooks put out can be amazing, but it will also be amped way up compared to what you might cook in your's "one bite" BBQ.  

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texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and warm day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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You could seek out some small local events where they look for volunteer judges - same with chili or hot sauce events. It would give you a glimpse of the process.

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Oh okay, I didn't really think of it like that.  It would probably still be pretty cool, since I've recently gotten interested in competitive BBQ.

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Oh, that would be right up my alley!

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There are 6 KCBS events in Ohio this year from May until October...and probably any number of events like Blue suggested including some unsanctioned BBQ cook offs.

There is also the Great Lakes BBQ Assoc..

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Welcome Martyrulz!
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you've already got a good start on this learning curve. Great that you're jumping right in there. Happy smokin', David.
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Welcome to the site. There is a wealth of info here. Just type about what you want to know in the search bar at the top of the page or ask away. Happy smoking. timber

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Welcome Marty, I'm sure you will like this forum. Lots of fun. As others have said, there is a world of knowledge here and always someone eager to share. All you need to do is ask. Good luck and good smoking, Joe
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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
Happy smoken.

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