As previously stated in last month’s article, now is a good time to practice your BBQ skills and get ready to compete. I can’t emphasize enough on practicing one cut of meat at a time and perfecting it. Once you have a good handle on the first cut then try another and perfect it. When you have a high level of confidence with the consistency of your meat, you are ready to test your organization skills by cooking both in one day.
Now, the hard part is to make all the above happen. It’s just too easy to swagger away from a plan and cook more meat while you have the grill or smoker fired up. When you’re in training to hone your competition skills, resist the temptation to cook more than one category at a time. Pick one cut of meat, whether it’s a rack of baby back pork ribs or a steak. Remember, in a steak competition you usually must cook the steaks that are provided, so you can’t cook several and pick the best. That’s why it’s important to practice cooking one steak at a time. You can cook up to six racks of ribs at a time but cook just ribs. Don't add chicken, pork shoulders and a brisket while you’re practicing. The distraction of other cuts of meat will harm your practice.