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#077: Dads Who Can BBQ With The Best Of ‘Em – Double D’s West Coast BBQ

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Derek Dawson – Double D’s BBQ – @doubleD05 – San Diego, CA

Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.

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  • Derek Dawson is the Season Ticket Service and Retention Manager for the San Diego Gulls. His love for backyard barbecue inspired him to refine his craft and get involved amateur competitions.
  • Competition as a valuable resource; how being friendly with your neighbors can actually help you improve your entries.
  • “The Big Ask” versus “Entitlement” when choosing endorsements and getting free products from brands.
  • Understanding the landscape by judging at competitions to gain exposure to the various entries and learn what’s winning.
  • Creating the right mindset before going into a your first competition and the importance of humbling your expectations.

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Shareable Quotes:

  • “If you think you know everything you’re not going to learn anything.” {6:53} – Derek Dawson
  • “My name is only as good as I make it.” {15:35} – Derek Dawson
  • Sauces and rubs are the hardest businesses ever. You have to be in front of customers tasting and sampling otherwise you’re not selling.” {17:14} – Derek Marso
  • “That’s the best thing about having the pellet smoker. Anything I can cook in the oven at home, I can do in the smoker.” {30:30} – Derek Dawson
  • “If I could go in with my year two mentality in my first year it would have been an incredibly different experience.” {38:34} – Derek Dawson

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