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First competition and came in 8th overall !!

post #1 of 32
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I wanted to post this here so members and those who haven't decided to join or not could read it.

Thanks this great bunch of folks I was able to make that walk to the stage in front of hundreds of pro, semi pro, and amateur BBQ teams yesterday and pick up an 8th place overall trophy! We competed in the backyard division since we had never competed anywhere. We turned in chicken and ribs, but also cooked brisket and pork during the event so we could see if we could make the turn ins on time same as the pros.

At the end I was able to shake hands with and talk to Mr. Johnny Trigg of the Smoking Triggers team. He was incredible to talk to and is the real deal.

Anyway thank you all for your efforts in sharing your success, failures, how to, what to buy, what not to buy, how to build, recipes, thoughts, etc etc......

It's a great feeling to see complete strangers come over and eat your BBQ and say it's the best they've ever had.....

As requested here is the info on the contest (and pics):

The contest is the annual Hog Wild Festival in Mobile, AL (www.bbqmobile.net) a fund raiser for United Cerebal Palsy

Entry fee was $150.00 and we were required to cook 40lbs of meat min to give away to the public.

My employer gratiously sponsored me in the event and we spent a total of $1,000.00 including our entry fee.

A lot of money was spent on supplies that we will have for our next contest like, storage containers, team banners, etc.

I made an excel spreadsheet to help me keep up with what all to bring and also a time line for what had to happen hour by hour to get it all cooked by turn in. (this was a lifesaver at 3am when you are dead tired from the long day and it ain't close to being over)

The biggest thing I learned is that you need lots of help. We were a two man team, and its hard to do all the prep in a short amount of time.

We cooked 9 slabs of spares, 4 boston butts, 1 brisket, and 3 dozen thighs. We had planned on another 5 lbs of sausage and a ton of ABT's to give away, but with only two of us doing prep we couldn't get them done.

Advice for everyone else getting ready is to make sure you know your equipment and your recipes, make a list of everything you need, and get ready for a GREAT time! It was the most tiring weekend I have had in a long time, but well worth it.

Onto the pics!

Very late in the night

Just a cool picture!

Serving it up!

Our booth!

Our little trophy!

Talking with Johnny Trigg of Smoking Triggers!

Thanks again everyone for helping me get here! Whatever I can help you with please let me know!
post #2 of 32
Outstanding!!!! That is awesome. Anything you would do different next time? any tips for a soon to be first time competitor?
post #3 of 32
No Pics? you know what they say.
post #4 of 32
GOOD FOR YOU!!!! You must have done something right for sure!! icon_mrgreen.gif

I'm glad you had the opportunity and that it was fun!!!

Competition didn't look so much fun to me while watching it on TV.

Wish I would have helped you out just to be there!!
post #5 of 32

Is that what you were hinting, desertlites?
post #6 of 32
Congrats!!!! Getting a call is amazing and just feeds the fire to continue. Keep up the good Q.
post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 
Pics to come soon as I get them off all the cameras......
post #8 of 32
That's awsome!!!!
post #9 of 32
Congrats on placing in the top ten on your first competition PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #10 of 32
NO RUSH, we were just playin wit ya
post #11 of 32
congratulations!!!!! I remember my first call to the stage, so hard to describe the feeling doesn't it. on the way home I was calling everybody to tell them about it. keep up the good work and you did take notes so you can do it again, didn't you. again CONGRATS!!! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #12 of 32
Congrats!!!! Yea some pictures would be awesome.
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post #14 of 32
Great job - Congratulations on the big showing points.gif
post #15 of 32
Congrats sounds like you did some awesome work PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #16 of 32
congratulations PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #17 of 32

The Walk

Congratulations frak! We're all excited and pround of you!

post #18 of 32
Yeah me too............... congrats on the position !

post #19 of 32
#8 I'd put that number on the smoker! CONGRATS! points.gif
post #20 of 32
I missed something, it must have been in the small print, and my wife says I always skip the small print.

What contest, where was was it? What did you cook on? Etc?
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