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  • CandySueQ
    KCBS President, and Moderator
    • Jul 2014
    • 1536
    • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

    Why take a cooking class?

    I spent Friday and Saturday in Bowling Green, KY at the Warren County Pork Chopper's school. I've been cooking competition BBQ a long, long time. Did I learn something? You betcha! In my opinion, it was worth every penny to see what Donnie Bray does and get to taste his product. Am I changing everything I do? No, but there are some things that I will definitely adapt to my methods. WCPC is 2014 KCBS team of the year and tied it up in 2013. The man can COOK!

    The biggest plus for me was getting fired up about cooking competition barbeque again. Can't wait to do a practice cook and try this myself in my cooker(s).

    If you are new to BBQ competitions or think you might want to do this thing, spend some money and go to a class! It will push you further up the learning curve and help you with every aspect of it.
  • fzxdoc
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4878
    • My toys:
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
      Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
      Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
      Weber Kettle Premium 22"
      Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
      Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
      Grill Grate for SnS
      Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
      Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
      2 Grill Grate Griddles

      Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
      Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
      Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
      2 Fireboard Driver Cables
      Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
      Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
      Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
      Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
      Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
      Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
      Thermoworks Timestick Trio
      Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
      Maverick ET 733
      Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

      Grill Pinz
      Vortex (two of them)

      Two Joule Sous Vide devices
      VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
      Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
      Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
      Charcoal Companion TurboQue
      A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

      BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

      Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

    #2
    I'm waiting for YOU to offer a class, CandySue! From what Meathead says, you cook some delicious Q.

    Kathryn

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    • CandySueQ
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      Thanks, Kathryn! I've taught a couple of classes and it's very rewarding.
  • _John_
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2454

    #3
    Is there a good resource for classes? I have only run across a few, most of them from the KCBS website, but those seem to always be full!

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    • CandySueQ
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      I don't think there is a comprehensive site. Lots of classes are held in conjunction with a BBQ supply store. barbequelive is big in the Memphis area with Killer Hogs and Sweet Swine O Mine being the teachers (KCBS/MBN). There's a real power duo teaching a class in Texas (Butcher BBQ and Texas Pepper Jelly) this spring. Myron Mixon, Jack's Old South teaches a very hands-on class. I learn best that way and it's more active learning rather than sitting for a lecture type presentation.

      This weekend in Kentucky, there were people there from AZ, CA, FL and NY! This BBQ thing is really serious for lots of folks!
  • Strat50
    Former Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 513
    • Houston, Alaska

    #4
    In the 38 years I've been a professional cook/chef, I learn something from everyone and everyplace I cook with and for. Differing ways to set up, prep, cook, combine, etc. The hard part is opening up one's mind and attitude. Taking classes is no different. Differing perspectives lead to personal innovation which leads to one being a more well rounded cook. The more well rounded you are, the easier it becomes to cook a consistent product with inconsistent ingredients. Many times, what you think you just learned will be overshadowed by something that just "comes up" in your cook that you might have forgotten, or taken little notice when in class.

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    • CandySueQ
      CandySueQ commented
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      AMEN! I think I learned most from my mother-in-law who taught me to clean as you go. Working out of a tiny class B RV, that one skill has helped tremendously.
  • Breadhead
    Banned Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1

    #5
    I bet if Meathead offered grilling/BBQ/smoking classes he would be a very busy man.

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    • smarkley
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      agreed!
  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9763
    • 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.

    #6
    Dang CandySueQ I wish that I knew you was going to be in BG, Ky. I would have like to meet you since I only live 17 miles from BG.

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    • CandySueQ
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      Pretty country! It was a blitz trip, completely focused on BBQ. Left before dawn on Friday to sit in class from 3 to 9 (they fed us pretty good!). Then back at it at 6 am Saturday morning through about 3:30. Ate some really good Que! Then back west -- made it to Jackson, TN before crashing to drive in the rain Sunday morning. Worth it though!
  • FLBuckeye
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 568
    • Florida
    • Brand new 26" Weber kettle. Three Weber 22.5"kettles, An 18" Weber kettle.

      Two WSM's, 18.5", one with an extra mid section

      Maverick ET 733 and 732. ThermoWorks RT600C Thermometer & Thermoworks MK4. Two PartyQ's

      Kingsford blue bag
      Royal Oak lump for searing

      Have competed in two BBQ comps and plan on more this year

      Huge fan of The Ohio State University.

    #7
    My brother took a class from Harry Soo and learned a LOT

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    • CandySueQ
      CandySueQ commented
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      I bet! At King of the Smoker in 2013, I listened to Harry give a 10 minute show and tell. He's an amazing, minimalist cook.

    • FLBuckeye
      FLBuckeye commented
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      He does competitions with ONE WSM...smh

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