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!