Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Competition Rig

I'm pretty dang excited.  I finally got my competition trailer!

Isn't it an adorable little beast? We have to think of a good name for it but that will take some time.  It needs to be an earned moniker. 

I'm excited because this means we can
  1. Compete on our own some next year and with some friends
  2. Cater events for work, friends, and family
  3. Do onsite cooks in support of Operation Barbecue Relief as needed
  4. Tailgate at the next level
 I'll do a full write up after I get to use it thoroughly but here's the long and short of it.  Bought it from a customer pit maker in Tullahoma, TN (Near Bonnaroo and the Jack Daniels Invitational) and it doesn't really have a brand name or anything.  It's not a Jambo or Pitmaker but it fits my budget and towing capacity limitations.

Left top is the warmer box, below that is the fire box and to the right is the cooking chamber.

The center hole is where my thermometer goes.

The grates slide out for access and cleaning.

Built in work shelf on the back.

Rigged with lights and ready for the road.

One of the stacks and damper.

Tuning plate to help spread the heat from the firebox more evenly.

Heavy duty racks.

He even put a charcoal rack in case the main chamber needs to be used as a grill.  I'll just use it to hold a water pan.

Warmer box can be used to cook sides like BBQ beans or to hold foods at a certain temp.

Stay cool handles for the fire box and warmer box.

Fire box from the front.  The vents are stainless, they just have plastic covering on them in this pic.

Example of their welds.

Hey!  My Johnsonville magnets fit the sides (only when cool).  Alexis dubbed it the "Brat Wagon".

I can't wait to fire this pit up!

You know who else recently went to Tullahoma to buy select equipment?  Mr. Adam Perry Lang, one of the newest inductees to the BBQ Hall of Fame, that's who!  See, great minds think alike (ha ha).   This is his second video in the series where the famed pitmaster travels the country getting the perfect tools for his ultimate tailgate. 

[Standard Disclaimer]  I paid full price for my no-name, custom smoker.


  1. Looks like a well laid out rig Chris. While in KC, Dave and I agreed that someday we'll be saying we knew you when.

  2. Wow! I am in awe. This is a whole new ball game, Chris. Looking forward to hearing about next year's competitions!

  3. Holy moly, Chris. Nibble Me Jealous! Can't wait to see what comes off of it. Congratulations!

  4. Wow, that is fantastic looking Chris!! And I for sure it will be put to good use!! Not that I have to say it, but have fun with it!!! Can't wait to hear all about what comes out of it :)

  5. OMG, you are going to have SO MUCH fun with that!!! Been keeping track of your culinary adventure on FB, as it's easy to scroll and at least see what's new. Hoping to be a better blogging buddy soon ... :)

  6. Cool rig Chris. You are going to have a great time with this baby. You've got such a clever sense of humor, I can't wait to find out what you name i.t

  7. David is going to want one of these to pull to Florida next month. Love it!

  8. I'm so jealous. I wouldn't even need to take it anywhere, but just have that bad boy at home so I could 'cue to my heart's content. I'd never use my stove again!

  9. Killer new rig!! Wish I could be there when you fire it up for the first time. Or any time for that matter. Can't wait to see what you put out with it.

  10. That is very Kool. I am looking forward to reading about your future bbq competition experiences.

  11. Nice looking rig, Chris! Congrats.

  12. Holy Smokes Bratman! You are on your way to supercoolness! Just remember the little people when you are crowned king and throw us a bone, preferably with a little meat left on.

  13. Look at you and your fancy new toy! Lucky guy. I know you will enjoy it!

  14. Wow, that is a sweet looking rig! Any chance I could get the name & contact of the pit maker? Please email if you don't want to post here? skot_dee at


  15. So excited for you.... Remember, you always have a bed when you compete in the Royal next year.... I am smelling a tailgate theme for next year's Blogger Party. I'll be the guy with the Weber Kettle and Smoker Envy.

  16. Nice looking rig ya got there! - ok pretending to be a bbqer is now done. So excited for you! :) I can't wait to taste some food off that baby.


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