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Competition BBQ Teams?

joe@bgejoe@bge Posts: 394
edited March 2012 in EggHead Forum

Anybody out there participate or start a competition BBQ Team?  If so, where do you compete?  I have been toying around with the idea and thinking of trying to locate a team in the St Louis area that I could mentor with.  Also interested in what it takes to compete - all aspects.  I have poked around another forum that has a lot of KCBS teams and it seems like something I would love to do.


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  • SMITTYtheSMOKERSMITTYtheSMOKER Posts: 2,431
    edited March 2012

    We are an All Big Green Egg Team here in California.  We've got 75 KCBS events under our belt and have fun everytime out.  Be careful, it can get expensive though.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,471
    All it takes is $$$$$.

    Mike

    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    I love the idea - I know I would learn alot - just hard to see spending the time as busy work is.
    Cookin in Texas
  • Joe,

    Call St Louis Home Fires (636-256-6564) out on Manchester Rd. Ask for Frank. He is the president of the St Louis BBQ Society and they put on the biggest bbq competion in the area in Wildwood every September.

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,353
    Hey Joe. Good advice already. Once you find a team who needs the help, just be ready to wash dishes, stay up late watching the pit, and running the boxes to turn ins.  Be ready to be a beotch, and watch more than you talk, and you'll learn a lot.

    Good luck!
    Chris
    DizzyPigBBQ.com
    Twitter: @dizzypigbbq
    Facebook: Dizzy Pig Seasonings
  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    we're on our 4th year competing. First year was 2 weber kettles and a excel pro-q 20. Next year, same set up. 3rd year, sponsored by a butcher, so that took a chunk of the $$$ out of it. This year we've got an egg, still have the butcher sponsorship, and our local egg dealer is loaning us an egg and giving us all the charcoal we need. It's a great hobby. Gets very expensive, your first year is definitely the most buying tents and table and etc. even with the sponsorship we still spend over $500 each comp between entrance fees and ancillary. Its a 3 man team, i front the entrance fees. The other 2 guys buy the booze and ancillaries. Rubs sauces gas, it all adds up. If we win we cover what we laid out and hopefully have enough to go out to a nice dinner we didn't have to cook.

    best way to get your feet wet is go visit a local comp, talk to everyone, and i mean EVERYONE! we learned more our first comp from the people there than we would have ever tried to learn on our own.
  • joe@bgejoe@bge Posts: 394
    Thanks for all the advise...I will check out STL Homefires and see what I can find out.  I knew it would take some $$$, but $500 per comp?  Wow...what are the average entry fees? 

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,353
    500 is on the low end, Joe. Average entry fees with electric are $250. Add, meat, charcoal, gas, marinades, rubs....then you'll want a trailer.

    Pat has good advice. Go visit a competition. Fridays are best. Bring a cooler of beer, and go visit teams. You can tell who is ready for guests and who isn't, but nearly everyone is willing to help out new teams. 

    Good luck!
    Chris
    DizzyPigBBQ.com
    Twitter: @dizzypigbbq
    Facebook: Dizzy Pig Seasonings
  • joe@bgejoe@bge Posts: 394
    Thanks Nature Boy...I guess you have to pay to play.  B-)

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