- 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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Startin' the Fire Paperback – January 21, 2010
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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!).
Great Job George!
KBCS Certified Judge
Writer is not the best,but he did have some interesting stories.
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.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book that covers the basics of getting into a BBQ competition!Published 16 months ago by Wayne
I you are thinking about competition BBQ and what to do
to get going then is the book for YOU.
Great book. Easy to read, lots of good info. I recommend it. Goes into good detail and gets you prepared for competition.Published on September 22, 2013 by Jeffrey Neilson
I think the author had a great idea with the book, but did not deliver. Too much very basic and simplistic offerings. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Mark A. McConville
Excellent book for those new to or those considering stepping into the ranks of compettitve BBQ. Numerous stories that apply to anyone that has been cooking for years as well as... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Jeff
This book gives a good insight into the world of competition BBQ. George breaks down some good steps towards creating your own competition BBQ team, as well as some good... Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Jimbob
If BBQ Competition became an Olympic sport, George Hensler would be my choice to head up Team USA. Some of us are hard-wired at birth to do certain things and Mr. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Nana Banana
the first thing that I really enjoyed about the book was that it was a nice short read. Being that I only have time to read to and from my office on the Washington D.C. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Grilling with Rich