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Posted - 03/09/2014 :  5:01:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My name is John and I am a backyard smoker since September 2012. I have two charcoal pits (barrel type) a small Charbroil and a bigger Kingsford. I cook for friends and family but being a car racer and a competitive person I am thinking about exploring competitive barbecue. I have attended one competition in Coos Bay at the Mill Casino (where my brother is an executive) and am hoping to be there again this year but helping a team if they'll have me.

I am married to the most wonderful woman and I have an above average little boy who is 8 years old at this writing... going on 30. We have two dogs, a Coonhound (a true BBQ dog) and a Corgi mix. I race rally cars, bake bread and enter one chili cook-off a year at Fire in the Park in Vancouver, Washington. We support fire fighters, a group of us every Fourth of July smokes 6 pork butts and provides lunch for every fire fighter in the city on their busiest day. I am very glad to be part of the PNWBA and hope to be helping, judging or competing soon.

Okie Sawbones

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Posted - 03/09/2014 :  10:04:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard.

48" Jambo Pit Clone
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Rustys BBQ

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Posted - 03/13/2014 :  4:50:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Competing is WAAAYYY more fun! give it a shot

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Dale-Cider House

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Posted - 03/21/2014 :  7:11:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
John, let me know when you start planning for feeding the fire fighters. As you may know, we have held a mini-cookoff in January/February three times in past 4 years at the East Vancouver FS. It would be a good place to get your feet wet (but don't wait until then to jump in)

Dale Groetsema
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Posted - 03/27/2014 :  11:21:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We usually wait until Mid-June to plan everything out, after three years we have a pretty solid plan. Hardest thing is handling six pork butts on my two pits all at once. Didn't work as well as I wanted last year so I either need to get someone else involved or do two separate cooks and just refrigerate the first batch. Nice thing is no matter how it comes out seeing the firefighters light up when we arrive is totally worth the massive effort.
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Posted - 04/12/2014 :  11:14:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm in Vancouver too!
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