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Amateur BBQ Competitions

Have any of your participated in one? If so, do you have any tips from your experience? I plan on entering one in September. The categories are pulled pork, ribs, and chicken.
Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.

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  • SardonicusSardonicus Posts: 1,708
    edited May 2014
    . . . do you have any tips from your experience? I plan on entering one . . .


    While I do NOT have the talent/knowledge/nerve to compete, I am also interested in hearing accounts of personal experiences in local competition.

    In example, I am curious how talent weighs against politics/personalities/intangibles when it comes to judging local events. 

    Bribes?  Patronage?  Friendships?  Winks and nods? :-/

    Heck, if there's enough drama involved, that could be a reality show in the making! 

    I'm thinkin' ; "Desperate Housewives of the Duck Dynasty"  :>


    And . . . are Eggs used often/seldom in competitions

     
    "Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and barbecuing."     
     - George Burns

  • SGHSGH Posts: 24,381
    edited May 2014
    @Philicious‌
    Not sure what advice that you are seeking. Are you wanting cooking tips on each category? Smoker setup and fire maintenance? Box building? General rules and judging? If you will be a little more specific in what guidance that you need I'm sure someone here can help or at least point you in the right direction. It's been a little over 20 years since I cooked a sanctioned event , however I still cook a few non-sanctioned events and charity fund raisers when time allows. That being said there are people more qualified and up to date with current guide lines and regulations than me but I will gladly offer what advice that I can if no one answers your questions for you. If you are on the Gulf Coast I will even make you a offer that I have made to others on this forum that may be of some help to you .If you are interested I will loan you one of my smokers so you can cook the entire event. Free of charge. All I would ask is please return it clean and in the condition that I loaned it to you in. If no responds please be a little more detailed in your needs and I will do what I can to answer them my friend. I hope that I'm not incorrect in this statement but I believe that. @DMW is still active in sanction events and could offer you some very sound advice. If I am mistaken I would like to offer him my apologies in advance. That being said rather he cooks sanction events or not he is well accomplished in his craft. You would be wise to seek his advice and heed his council.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 27,200
    Competition food is analogous to the definition of beauty.  Average wins. 

    1. Don't f*ck up. 
    2. Don't under-cook.
    3. Don't over-cook.
    4. Don't try to make it ethnic.
    5. Make it pretty.
    6. No surprises. 
    7. Needs to stand out in a super-average way.
    8. 3-bears rule
    9. zzzzzzz
    10. Don't hate the player, hate the game.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 27,200
    (addendum): sodium nitrite
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.  Love me or hate me, I am forum Marmite.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr, Akorn Jr, smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,795
    ^What he said^

    I have a team, what are your questions
  • SGHSGH Posts: 24,381
    @Philicious‌
    Let me know if you got my PM I sent you. Sorry to bump this but I'm not worth a flip with computers and messaging. If you didn't I will try again.

    Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.

    Status- Standing by.

    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.
    Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit
    The greatest barrier against all wisdom, the stronghold against knowledge itself, is the single thought in ones mind, that they already have it all figured out. 
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 5,001
    I have competed in an amateur comp the last three years. I have two third place rib trophies and two first place brisket. The trick is to just cook something edible. Most jack asses can't cook a brisket to save their lives. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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