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Our first contest....and we used an Egg!

ForniaFornia Posts: 451
edited 4:11PM in EggHead Forum
As some of you know I've been in the process of putting together a compeition bbq team for about the last 9 months. Doing things on a limited budget, along with a lifelong friend, we finally purchased an enclosed trailer and could get out on the road.

I have not posted or been on this or many forums much in the last few months. Honestly, it's been family, work, and then bbq.

Oh....Quite a good bit of planning, research, watching, listening, helping, practicing...and then practicing some more.

Much of this preparation came through help and encouragment from people on this fourm.

Cooknbiker and HornHonk have offered much of this...through emails and phone conversations. I know Steve and I have talked pork butts, and briskets quite a few times at length. He's also talked me through some brisket attempts as well. Just another good story about the good people on this forum.

Also MadMax, lowercasebill, and FatMike have all been great to chat with about their own competition experiences.

We entered our first contest this past weekend, in Hamburg, PA. The 1st annual Smokin Kobys / Cabela's Contest. It was not sanctioned, but assisted by the Mid-Atlantic BBQ Assoc., and did feature some KCBS Judges and local celebs (Tampa Bay TE John Gilmore as one for the football folks).

Of 23 teams, there were first-timers (like us) to teams who've been doing it for 10+ years...and then everything in between. A good casual event at the 'monster' Cabela's store here, with chicken, pork ribs, and brisket as the categories.

We've been using the Tasty Licks BBQ line via help from Fred, and used his products on each of our entries.

Cooked out chicken on the Egg and brisket and ribs in our 2 drum smokers we built a few months back.

As it turns out, we ended up taking 2nd in chicken, 5th in ribs, and 2nd in brisket (Thanks Steve!). That was all good enough for Reserve Grand Champs as well.

Damn....still shakin my head as I type that.

Believe me, I know next time out it could be last. But, wasn't this time out. We enjoyed the whole moment with close family and friends (due to being local). Now they (and us in all honesty) see that good things can in fact happen with some good help, hard work and passion to get it done. I hope that anyone who reads this might also find that satisfaction in giving whatever you want an honest run!



  • Dave ShadyDave Shady Posts: 247
    GREAT JOB! and love the logo!!!!
  • Your hard work and dedication paid off,most important is your true passion for Q!
    BGE'er since 1996 Large BGE 1996, Small BGE 1996, Mini BGE 1997
  • meat03manmeat03man Posts: 83
    Yeah for real without ever eating your food I would love to have a shirt with that logo on it.
  • meat03manmeat03man Posts: 83
    Yeah for real without ever eating your food I would love to have a shirt with that logo on it.
  • meat03manmeat03man Posts: 83
    Yeah for real without ever eating your food I would love to have a shirt with that logo on it.
  • asianflavaasianflava Posts: 313

    My wife keeps bugging me to do it, but I don't have the guts to try it.
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Ah, Jason! I'm proud of you. I know how hard you've been working on this . Great job! Next time you'll win it all! ;) BTW, I'm still waiting on something before I send the box to you. :blush:
    Very impressive, good work by all.



    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • Le Oeuf VertLe Oeuf Vert Posts: 512
    Congratulations and best of luck in future competitions!
  • ranger rayranger ray Posts: 812
    congrats on your success....!.... i wish i had known about it.....i don;t live far from cabela's annd would have really liked to have attended...... ray
  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    Way to go!!!
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    Way to go Jason!! great job!!
  • SmokinbSmokinb Posts: 103
    Awesome job with your first competition. I'd love to do that but after seeing all the details you put into your effort I can say I'm nowhere near ready. Do you have any pictures of your plated food?
  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,907
    Way to go!!! Congratulation on the wins
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • Congratulations :)
  • uglydoguglydog Posts: 256
    Jason, congratulaions on your first competition. Your preparation and training paid off well. Were you competing against Fred's team? Love your logo, and that looks like a mighty fine trailer for hauling your stuff to competitions.

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,196
    Jason, Big Congrats, what a great story and inspiration, thanks for sharing. Would love to learn how to build a drum smoker one of these days.
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    I'm so proud of you and your team Jason!!
    Keep on rockin it out! B)
    Colorado Springs
    "Loney Queen"
    "Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it."
    Bill Bradley; American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey
    LBGE, MBGE, SBGE , MiniBGE and a Mini Mini BGE
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673

    Congrats & best of luck in the future!
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,748
    Very good showing.
    Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,907
    agree with M03M. Love your logo and I think it would make a great t shirt.
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    Jason, congratulations! :) Nothing like starting out with a bang. Keep us posted about your future competitions.
  • rsmdalersmdale Posts: 2,472
    Congrats on the finish!! The hard work paid off.


  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Awsome job Jason
    With all your hard work, it is a well deserved win.
    Look forward to seeing more trophies(plural) :)

  • Congrats!!!
    Nicely done!!!!!
  • Congrats
  • ForniaFornia Posts: 451
    Thanks so much folks!

    Read each and every one of the posts through the day, just couldn't reply via the office.

    The funny fact in regards to the T-shirts. (We are selling them for $20 to raise some funds for another cooker we need.)

    Psychedelic Smoke BBQ T-Shirt Sales at the contest:

    Pre-Awards: Post-Awards:
    5 12
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    We had a similar experience our first contest with a third overall placement at a non sanctioned event. Sanctioned events and the bigger hitting teams that show get harder but we keep getting better. Sounds like your hooked like we are. Good luck for future comps!

    Scramblin Eggs BBQ is our team btw.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    Congratulations, Jason. That is just amazing. Your hard work really paid off. Hope you have many more wins down the road. Someday I would like to compete in a contest.

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


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