My name is David Ellis, Pit Boss, Machete Boys BBQ. In addition to chasing BBQ Glory, I’m a father and I work in IT for a logistics company in Minnetonka. I’ve been cooking competitively for 3 years. The first two I competed in the backyard circuit and this last year I made the jump to pro. I think making the jump to pro is where I could contribute most to the society as we try and encourage more Backyard Cooks to make that transition.
I think other than funding, what hinders many of those cooks are tools and experience. It would be awesome to work with other society members to help develop the backyard cooks and provide them with the tools they need to become successful on the Pro Circuit. This could include, invitational cooks with live judging, classes coordinated by the society geared toward the 4 meat categories, instructed by other successful Minnesota Teams. Many of the cooks need simple guidance on things like selecting a cooker, where to buy competition meats, where to find rubs, what things should they be bringing with to a competition. Some of this information we address in Spring Training but it would be great to develop a library we could publish that would be accessible through a membership portal online.
I really liked the idea of the 1:1 that occurred during MIM, it would be great to see this extend beyond that competition. I think as more successful teams from Minnesota enter and compete more on the National Stage the more the society would benefit and I believe some of those cooks exist within our existing membership and just need the encouragement and tools to get out there and cook more.
Thanks for your consideration,