It’s that time of year when the BBQ circuit starts warming up and newbies begin thinking about entering a BBQ competition. Well stop thinking about it and DO IT!
Possibly the biggest question mark BBQ comp newbs have is “How in the world do I organize my prep, cooking, and turn-in timelines?”
This is the Oakridge BBQ Comp Team Timeline as published by them in an effort to assist newbs as they get into the world of competition BBQ. Your times can, and probably will, vary. Remember to cook your cook, not theirs. This is just a guide to help you out.
A few points to note from the timeline:
- Setup and prep start a full 8 hours before any meat hits the grates.
- Butts and Brisket go on and come off together.
- Plenty of time for rest and/or sleep through the night. Some teams will start the butts/brisket much later and sleep less.
Overall it looks like a pretty smooth timeline until about 11am when you just may be working super hard until the last turn in.
Props to the folks at The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board for posting this.
Hope this helps some of you be a bit better prepared for your first comp.