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  • Steve R.
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 1921
    • Elizabethtown, KY
    • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 22.5" Original Premium kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Old Country Over and Under smoker; PBC; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

    1st KCBS Backyard BBQ competition

    I hadn't really given much thought to the idea of competing, but I found out yesterday that there will be a Backyard competition held in little ol' E'town, in conjunction with the "BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival" in May (https://bbqbluesfest.com/). It is getting to be a bigger deal each year, and now they are adding a competition to the mix. The required meats are ribs and chicken. A friend/neighbor has some limited competition experience and is really good with chicken, so... challenge accepted! We will team up and see how it goes, but the idea of being judged by folks who actually know what they're doing really appeals to me.

    My buddy has already sent me a link to another backyard comp in August, so this might become a new variation on my hobby.
    Last edited by Steve R.; March 10th, 2018, 10:53 AM.
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 7877
    • Kansas Territory
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      4 Pro Series cable extensions
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    #2
    I wish y'all th very best of luck, brother, an hope that ya have big fun in th process!!!!

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    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      No doubt! Having a competent teammate should help tremendously. Now if I can just BE a competent teammate...
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 4280
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Thermopop
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      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    #3
    Sounds like fun. As expected, we require pictures and a full report.

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    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      As a Pit member, you know pictures are an essential part of it. Hopefully there is time for that! May have to enlist more helpers for that duty.
  • jfmorris
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    • Nov 2017
    • 2214
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    #4
    Yes I am pondering doing the same thing - there is a “shadetree” category in the local KCBS sanctioned event in May with chicken and ribs only. $200 to enter. I may not do it this year, but certainly will at some point.

    i need to work on beefing up the legs and wheels on my offset, or get a PBC or something more portable, to be ready for something like this, I guess the Weber and SNS are always an option.

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    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      Shadetree sounds just like backyard. Ribs and chicken, and only ribs and chicken.
  • Pirate Scott
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 1340
    • Clay, New York
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    #5
    Sounds like fun! Good Luck. I am sure you will do well. I don’t want to Hijack your Thread but I have a question about Competition Ribs. How do you get them them to slice so nicely? When mine are Probe Tender they do not slice, they shred.

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    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      I think an extremely sharp knife, (non-serrated), would be a good place to start.
  • SierraBBQGuy
    Club Member
    • Jan 2018
    • 173
    • Shingle Springs CA
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    #6
    I have entered the Backyard division of the Silicon Valley KCBS Contest for a number of years now, it’s tri tip and chicken. We have a blast, even won 1st place tri tip once. Lots of great people. Have fun!

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 11170
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
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        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #7
      Good luck and have tons of fun. And if you have an Amazing Ribs shirt or t-shirt, don't forget to wear it...

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      • Steve R.
        Steve R. commented
        Editing a comment
        Thanks! I will most likely be sporting the AR apron that you see in my avatar.
    • Butchman
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 511
      • Estero, FL

      #8
      Represent brother!

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      • DWCowles
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 9760
        • Smiths Grove, Ky
        • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

        #9
        Good luck Steve, win or lose it’s going to be fun.

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        • Steve R.
          Steve R. commented
          Editing a comment
          No question, it will be fun, we will see to it! My teammate is a less inhibited version of myself.
      • randy56
        Club Member
        • Aug 2017
        • 339
        • Newburgh In

        #10
        Steve R. Having cooked a half dozen KCBS, and joining KCBS, you will learn alot with your new hobby, having not cooked a backyard yet but want to, here are a couple tips. 1. trim your chicken in advance, at home, it's easier, and more relaxing at home, 2, If your using chicken thighs, try and cut them all the same size, and cut knuckle's off that stick out past the meat. some do not need knuckles cut off. just came back from a KCBS in Nashville this week end, (not faring so well) one of the judges comment's were, consistent size of my chicken. Take plenty of refreshing beverages, with you, have fun

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        • Mudkat
          Club Member
          • Feb 2017
          • 2121
          • At a river near me, MD
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          #11
          I bet someone will take a pic of you and you're buddy holding the trophy so there will be at least one pic! Good luck and have fun!

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          • HouseHomey
            Club Member
            • May 2016
            • 4403
            • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
            • Equipment
              Primo Oval xl

              Slow n Sear (two)
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              22" Weber Kettle
              26" Weber Kettle one touch
              Blackstone 36” Pro Series
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              Kitchen Aid
              Meat grinder
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              KBB
              FOGO
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              "Baby Girl" The cat

              Erik S.

            #12
            I have done one competition and got my ass handed to me. It was amazing fun and the people i met were amazing and friendly. Mise it out, practice ahead of time, have time management skills ready, breathe and do what you do.

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            • FireMan
              Charter Member
              • Jul 2015
              • 6766
              • Bottom of Winnebago

              #13
              We need a team name for you, or you need a team name for us. Something like Buzzards Cook or Steve’s Munchies or ................. I’m running out of ideas. 🤔

              Comment


              • Steve R.
                Steve R. commented
                Editing a comment
                Four Seasonings (based on the name of our subdivision) and Can't Beat Our Meat are on the short list, but nothing set in stone just yet. 😀

              • wu7y
                wu7y commented
                Editing a comment
                CBOM!! A wonderful team name! Go for it.
            • DWCowles
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 9760
              • Smiths Grove, Ky
              • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

              #14
              I think D-Dubs BBQ might be there Steve R.

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              • Steve R.
                Steve R. commented
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                Heck yeah, come on up and let's show them them how the Pit crew does it!

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