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  1. #1
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    Default May do first comp in September



    There's a BBQ competition this September near my house and I'm thinking about entering (with Chuck, if he's interested). It's a fundraiser, and has a fairly inexpensive entry fee, so that's not a big deal. What I want to know is any tips y'all can share with a noob competitor. I know we need meat, cookers, and fuel, but what else comes in handy? I'm sure the more experienced folks here have some ideas that make it easier for them.

    Also, just because something may be obvious doesn't mean we'll think of it. Please don't assume I'm smart enough to think of necessary items.

    Thanks for any help, y'all.
    Rob - TX Sandman
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    Remember a canopy, shade in Sept. is VERY important and any and all utensils you might need. I seem to always forget some utensils, so I went out and bought some inexpensive plastic ones and bought a small tote to keep them all in. Bring an extra lighter as well, it sucks when the one you use breaks......

    The first one I did I had 1.5 trucks worth of stuff at the site and hardly used any of it. Also, one thing that I forget on a regular basis is food/drinks to eat on Friday and Saturday before the bbq is complete.

    I will post more things as I remember them.....

    Extension cord
    Water hose
    Trash bags
    Water
    Lights/Flashlights
    Tables
    thermos
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    Don't forget the foil, spices, chairs, and a sense of humor for the times everything seems to be going against you.

    Hope you do it and you do well. Keep us posted as you prepare for this.
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    Thanks for the info, y'all. I spoke with Chuck and, since it's in September, it looks like he'll be able to do it.

    Now I just gotta tell my wife.

    Unfortunately, Jeremy, no outside beer, TABC rules. They'll have free beer for the party on Friday night, and beer at a discount in the hospitality tent on Saturday. Won't bother me as I don't drink much.

    Horns, PC, thanks for the lists. Chuck forwarded me a checklist from last year, so I have that to look at. Right now I need a canopy and a couple tables. I'm expecting to have a drum or 2, plus my kettle and Chucks CG, so cookers should be good. The meat can wait for sales, and I don't have any wild game to enter. The rest of it sounds mostly like stuff I already have or can find pretty easy.

    Sheesh, I hope I don't freak out as this get's closer. Of course, we're not officially entered yet, so this may all be moot.
    Last edited by TX Sandman; 03-05-2008 at 04:42 AM.
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    Rob, is that the weekend of the 19th/20th? That would be a good one for my first comp too, but that's our ann. wknd and will be out of town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowhnter View Post
    Rob, is that the weekend of the 19th/20th? That would be a good one for my first comp too, but that's our ann. wknd and will be out of town.
    Yep, that's it. Chuck and I talked about it last year, and I'm kinda holding him to it.
    Rob - TX Sandman
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowhnter View Post
    Rob, is that the weekend of the 19th/20th? That would be a good one for my first comp too, but that's our ann. wknd and will be out of town.

    Thats my sons 14th Birthday, but guess where I will be?!?!?! I am hoping that my wife will agree to celebrating on Sunday...

    Come on now... Be a man... Tell her y'all will go outta town next year!
    Chuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by nascarchuck View Post
    Thats my sons 14th Birthday, but guess where I will be?!?!?! I am hoping that my wife will agree to celebrating on Sunday...
    Sure, already trying to get out of it.

    I tell you now, bro, keep the wife happy. If she's gonna be upset, or you even think she'll be upset, it's not worth it. You gotta live with her a lot longer than the comp lasts.
    Last edited by TX Sandman; 03-05-2008 at 08:56 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX Sandman View Post
    Sure, already trying to get out of it.

    I'm a big ol chicken!!!

    And Mike is trying to weasel out too! Anniversary! Ha!
    Chuck

    http://cookinwithchuck.blogspot.com Updated 01/10/10

    Midnight Blue Smokers - Ft. Worth, Texas

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