Virginia BBQ Pirates
Tom's virtual competition barbeque team

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between Barbequing and grilling?
The "right" answer is Barbequing is cooking low (under 250°) and slow; Grilling uses much higher temperatures and food is cooked much quicker. However, in common usage the meanings have become blurred. If someone invites you to a barbeque chances are they will be grilling. At my house we know the difference.

Why competition BBQ?
I'm at that age when many of my friends are buying sports cars or boats or both. Well, I discussed it with my wife (probably a mistake) and we decided we really can't afford the boat or sports car that I would be happy with. So then a girlfriend 1/2 my age seemed a logical choice - you can guess how that conversation went! So that left competition barbeque. (Guess I have to learn to keep my mouth shut!)

Why not just jump in?
While I can smoke rings around anyone who doesn't have the fire in them, I know I have a lot to learn before I can sail with the big guys. My goal is to have fun & not come in last.

When do you plan to finally enter a sanctioned contest?
We are planning for sometime in 2008. There are contests with in an easy drive from home. This year I need to work on my butt and my timing so I can have everything ready for turn in on schedule.

Why do you have so many cookers?
You wouldn't ask a pirate about his sword would you?

Who's your favorite pirate?
Calico Jack

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