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In our first year of competitive BBQ, we brought home some trophies. Next year, we want to bring our great food to more amazing people!
48 backers pledged $5,187 to help bring this project to life.

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The Old Virginia Smoke BBQ team started the 2013 summer season with a collection of pop-up tents, a couple of Weber Smokey Mountain smokers, a handful of rub and sauce recipes, and the simple goal of just hearing our name called one time. Much to our amazement, we have a mantle full of trophies, a few top-5 competition finishes against some stiff competition, and a pretty solid chance to be named the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association's Rookie of the Year.    

The world of Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competition is unlike anything we expected or had ever experienced in the past. We had dabbled in BBQ for three years before building our own team and hitting the competitive BBQ circuit this past summer. Our original goal of three competitions in 2013 was turned upside down. We found ourselves clearing our schedules to fit in more events, making field trips to exotic spice stores and classes, and meeting some of the friendliest people on the face of the earth. We upgraded equipment, bought new smokers, and zeroed in on a top-notch cook process.  

Now, we are looking ahead to the 2014 season, both in the competition arena and outside of it. Having blasted by our original goals and exceeding our expectations, we are looking to achieve something more substantial next year -- we are cooking up a plan to win some Grand Championship events, to enter the Sam's Club tournament, and to extend our competition area outside of the Virginia area to Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, New Jersey . . . and hopefully Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. We also want to expand our local cooking operations in order to cater parties and events. To do this, we need to simplify our travel and cook more efficiently. With this, we will be able to build our dream of a BBQ business.  

During the past season, we have packed and unpacked our equipment into rented U-Haul trailers. We have slept in hotels, in chairs at the cook site, or huddled in vehicles. We have prepped our food in the open air on folding tables, relying on a steady supply of ice in coolers to keep our ingredients at safe temperatures. To borrow a line from the great Lowell George, our gear has been "kicked by the wind and robbed by the sleet" this season.  

This Kickstarter campaign will ease the burden on Old Virginia Smoke, and will grant us with the ability to cook great food in a more efficient manner.  

This will allow us to concentrate our focus on crafting and serving award-winning barbecued pork, beef, and chicken, while giving us the opportunity to expand our enterprise into catering and special events.

Risks and challenges

This campaign represents the first step in helping Old Virginia Smoke dramatically up our game. But we know that the tools are just part of the strategy. We have already plotted out an "off-season" schedule of practice cooks, barbecue crawls, taste tests, and scouting trips to help us prepare for the 2014 season. We are 115% committed to cooking great food, meeting amazing people from around the country, and making people happy with our passion.

We hope you will join us on this journey.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers.

    Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.

    Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.

    A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season drink coozies.
    Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers.
    Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.
    Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.
    A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    One Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season baseball hat.
    Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season drink coozies.
    Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers.
    Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.
    Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.
    A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Two Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season t-shirts.
    One Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season baseball hat.
    Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season drink coozies.
    Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers.
    Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.
    Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner.
    A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    A personal tutorial session from Pitmaster Luke! Pick your favorite meat -- chicken, pulled pork, ribs, or brisket, and spend a day at OVS headquarters learning how to create a competition-level product (Transportation and lodging costs not included).
    Two Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season t-shirts. One Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season baseball hat. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season drink coozies. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers. Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

    If travelling to OVS HQ is not possible, you can substitute having your name listed as one of our Kickstarter sponsors on our competition trailer wrap + photo of your name and the trailer.

    Four Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season t-shirts. Two Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season baseball hat. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season drink coozies. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers. Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Want to see where the magic happens? Join Old Virginia Smoke at one of our 2014 competitions. Be part of the team and get hands-on experience in all aspects of competition BBQ -- from prep to cook to presentations to (and this is the most important part) the awards ceremony, you'll be a member of the Old Virginia Smoke team. We'll also throw in a competition t-shirt from the event.
    Your name listed as one of our Kickstarter sponsors on our competition trailer wrap + photo of your name and the trailer. Four Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season t-shirts. Two Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season baseball hat. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season drink coozies. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers. Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    A standard competition cook catered event for 10-15 people at your home (within a 75 mile radius of Bristow, VA). Let Old Virginia Smoke take care of your next gathering with our award-winning smoked meats and side dishes. We'll consult with you on the menu, but rest assured, there'll be plenty of brisket, chicken, ribs, pork, sides and dessert to go around! This event cannot coincide with any 2014 season competitions (final schedule to be determined by 1/31/2014).

    Your name listed as one of our Kickstarter sponsors on our competition trailer wrap + photo of your name and the trailer. Four Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season t-shirts. Two Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season baseball hats. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season drink coozies. Two (2) Old Virginia Smoke 2014 season stickers. Your name on our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. Photograph of our 2014 season "Friends of Old Virginia Smoke" competition site banner. A personal thank you note from the team at Old Virginia Smoke.

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Funding period

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