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Entry from January 17, 2013
Shigging

"Shigging” is a term used in barbecue competitions and has been defined as entering another team’s site with intent of stealing BBQ secrets in an effort to improve one’s own contest scores. “Shigging” has been cited in print since at least April 2009.

According to a detailed explanation given in August 2012, the term was coined by Darren Warth of the Smokin Clones and was named after a rival team called Shigs in Pit. Shigs in Pit had a reputation (perhaps mostly invented as a joke) for entering a cook site and examining the competition’s sauces and rubs.


Google Groups: The Smoke Ring BBQ List
Buzz Dean
Apr 2 2009, 7:54 am
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maybe should just buy a new ‘shigging’ lens for the Nikon-hehe

herald Journal (Winsted, MN)
Barbecue abounds on the Crow River
August 3, 2009
By Sara Butterfass
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Team Shiggin & Grinnin of Delano was one of these teams. Its three members are Jeff Vanderlinde, Ted Moonen, and Derek “Pretty boy” Schansberg.

The team’s name comes from an invented term “shiggin,” which is defined by Vanderlinde as “entering one’s barbecue site with the purpose of obtaining their barbecue secrets,” and “grinnin,” which comes from winning after they have done the shiggin.

“Shiggin” is a common joke among barbecuers and is not a serious matter.

BBQTalk.ca
Re: The Muffin Tin incident on BBQ Pitmasters
by impailer » Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:35 pm
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Shigging (stealing) secrets at a BBQ comp is frowned upon and usually brings bad Karma - look at Paul in this episode - he missed the chicken turn-in.

“ Shigging -verb 1) Entering another teams site with intent of stealing BBQ secrets in an effort to improve one’s own contest scores.2) To position ones self to view the inside of a fellow competitors BBQ pit or contest prep site, with intent to observe, for the purposes of improving ones own score. Usually done without the consent of the team being watched. Shigger-person doing the shigging. Shiggee- person being shigged upon. Free Shigging- Wandering to and fro around a contest site attempting to gain anything useful through any means possible. (sometimes disguised as a social visit) “

The BBQ Brethren
SmokeInDaEye
03-05-2010, 12:31 PM
Last week, we were fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of George Hensler’s “Startin’ the Fire,” a book that will quickly emerge as the go-to resource for individuals looking to start their own competition barbecue teams.
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Over the book’s 29 easy (and amusing) to read chapters, George covers off everything from selecting a team name and the proper equipment to invest in to equipment needs and food safety and shigging (the “theft” of cooking techniques from other teams during contests).

Urban Dictionary
shigging
shigging (shig-ging) , 1. v. to enter a persons BBQ site with intent of stealing BBQ secrets in an effort to improve one’s own BBQ score. 2. v. to position one’s self to view the contents of the inside of a fellow competitors BBQ pit when it is opened
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by ACrom13 Apr 7, 2010

The Q Joint
SmokyOkie
03-02-2011 11:38 AM
For the benefit of those not familiar with the term:

shigging
shigging (shig-ging) , 1. v. to enter a persons BBQ site with intent of stealing BBQ secrets in an effort to improve one’s own BBQ score. 2. v. to position one’s self to view the contents of the inside of a fellow competitors BBQ pit when it is opened
Their BBQ team could write a book about shigging other teams recipes and techniques.

Derived from the BBQ team name Shigs in Pit whose team captain had a reputation (whether deserved or not) for engaging in said practice.

The Utah BBQ Organization
T
08-24-2012 03:00 PM
What is a shig?
This question was asked on another forum and answered by a forum member.

Here is a little history lesson on where this came from. There is a team called Shigs in Pits and they competed in the midwest around Iowa, Illinois, Indiana. It was alleged (all in fun) that he would enter your cook site with the intentions of seeing what sauces and rubs you were using so he could try and get a hand up on you. This term “shigging” was coined by Darren Warth of what was then Smokin Clones and is now Smokey D’s. So the term “shigging” is to enter a teams site during the heat of battle to try and steal their secrets. It is not asking questions but trying to be sneaky about it.

Food Republic
Word Of The Day: Shigging
Aug 28, 2012 12:31 pm
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Shigging is when a friendly cooking competitor slips over to your station and starts to chat with the intention of stealing your recipe for special sauce. We’re currently setting up a task force to stop these crimes of culinary passion before they happen.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, January 17, 2013 • Permalink