Hi everyone, my name is Donald (BBQman) and I am a new member to this forum. I have been cooking at the fire house level for the last 30 years or so. Last year I was asked to join a competition BBQ team, of course I said yes who wouldn't We did about 10 competitions this year and finished 9th in brisket (53 teams) and 13th in desert(73 teams). We have finished in the top 20 in most of our competitions with the exception of Wildwood NJ where we finisher 27th out of 32 teams and Dover Delaware where we finished 53rd out of 84 teams. We use a stumps smoker and a brinkman vertical smoker/grill for competitions. I make my own rubs and sauces for our competitions I do the ribs, chicken, and anything but most of the time. Mike does the brisket and iron chef and John does the pulled pork. It has been a lot of fun and hard work this year and I can't wait until April 2008 for our next competition.