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Startin' the Fire Paperback – January 21, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Rio Grande Books (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890689149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890689148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Doug Mosley on July 27, 2010
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It's always refreshing to see something new and different from the rest. An original idea or a different take, sometimes even something just a little bit out of the ordinary. I've been writing this review column for nearly a decade and I've enjoyed the privilege of reading many great books about barbecue. Yet, I've never come across a book anything at all like "Startin' the Fire: Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Competition BBQ Team (Except the Recipes)" by George Hensler ($12.99, Rio Grande Books, 102 pp.). I've seen great books on how to cook barbecue, I've seen many excellent books on great places that serve barbecue and I've even seen a couple of books about barbecue competitions. But a how-to on starting a competition barbecue team? Nope, not until now.

To the credit of Hensler, he is upfront with his readers about how this book came about. He admitted right away that this doesn't come from decades of experience on the competition barbecue circuit but rather is drawn off his skills an organizer and a planner. And judging from what he included in this book, this is a guy who got it right away.

Hensler included a couple of bonuses in his book. The first is all the barbecue team logos interspersed throughout the pages. Some you may know, some you may not. But you're sure to enjoy the creativity and, who knows?, it may inspire a new logo for a team of your own. The second bonus is the playlists for different periods in a competition. Once you see these, I'm pretty sure you'll be visiting iTunes to add these to you iPod (don't make me explain iTunes and iPod to any of you!).
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I'm a K.C.B.S. Certified Judge and if you want to get into competition barbecue then buy this book! It is small but packed with solid information you will need to get started. Although some of this information may seem simple- If you've never been in a real money (your entry fee, your expenses, your sweat) contest, your first investment needs to be this book! I'm not a relative nor have I ever met George, but I know barbecue and Judging contests and you will gain a wealth of information. This book does not teach technique or recipes (there are many other books for that) but teaches the "ropes" of competition.
Great Job George!
Bruce Buckwalter
KBCS Certified Judge
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At this point, I am not all together ready to start into competition BBQ cooking. I had heard about the book, and thought I would give it a read. Now that I am finished, I feel I could jump right in and start my own team. This book is a complete "nuts to butts" accounting on how to get started in this very exciting hobby/sport. The information is presented in a very easy to read format and includes some pretty funny stories as well. You never know, you might see me out there on the competition circuit sooner rather than later, thanks to George's book!
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This book is essential for the new BBQ team. You have an excellent heads up as to what to bring and what to do at at contest. I have been on a BBQ team for over 3 years and we started completly on our own learning by trial and error. This book would have shortened our learning curve immensely. I strongly reccomend this book to the new guys. It is worth every penny. This is an easy read and humorous to boot. Start the fire!
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I found this book to be funny and informative. It was good to read a book with my perspective of doing a competition for the first time. I would recommend this book to anyone considering entering a BBQ contest for the first time. I didn't know this book existed until after I signed up for my first contest. This book is worth every penny.
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This is a great book for someone(like me) who is interesting in getting into competitive BBQ. Lots of useful information about starting a team and techniques to be successful. No recipes, but good info about BBQ.
Writer is not the best,but he did have some interesting stories.
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I was interested in starting a BBQ competition team so I decided to purchase this book. It was as advertised and walks you through the steps it takes to start your own team. I wish there was a little more detail but overall I learned a lot.
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I have admitted it before, embarrassing but true, I know very little about the barbeque industry, barbeque food, and barbeque restaurants. What I do know however, is how to conduct research (my background is research consulting) and I know how to identify good writing. When George Hensler asked me to review his book I was thrilled that he would consider me as someone sufficiently qualified. I promised myself I would not disappoint George.

THE PROCESS

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First, I read the book of course. George's writing style makes this book easy to read - the content is clear, the descriptions are precise and the advice is about as practical as you're ever going to read on this subject. This is the best kind of "how to" book you want to read; want to know why? It was written by someone with real life experience. I happen to think this is extremely important. In fact if you read my Twitter bio you will see that the first line reads, "An academic with real life experience." I put that there because no amount of studying replaces real life experience. George applies his real life experiences as part of a competitive BBQ team to this book which renders great benefit to the reader and wannabe competitor.

Interview

Secondly, I interviewed someone with competition barbeque experience - Darin Evans. Darin competes with the River Rat Competition BBQ & Catering Team in Brockville, ON as well as the Black Pig Competition BBQ Team in London, ON. Without revealing the contents of the book to Darin, I asked him straight out, "What are the really important things someone would need to know about starting a competition BBQ team?
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