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dmprantz
02-09-2011, 09:34 AM
I'm wondering what the general consensus here is. If you attend BBQ comps, do you do it for the experience or the payout? A few times people have asked about what payouts should be, and now there have been a few threads with people concerned that big money comps will kill small comps, so I ask you, if all BBQ comps had a $0 entry fee, and the only thing you got for winning was a ribbon or trophy, how would that affect your competitive schedule?

Smokin' Joe
02-09-2011, 10:08 AM
I do it for both:-D I love the experience (friends, family, being outside, traveling, ect), I'm ultra competitive (and too old/fat to play sports so this replaces that for me), but without the chance to win some costs back I would do less. For our team teams the entry fees are less than half of the overall cost to compete. I couldn't justify it

tmcmaster
02-09-2011, 10:15 AM
I would compete every weekend if the entry fee was $0! I love doing it, and the money isn't a motivator at all.

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
02-09-2011, 10:18 AM
I do it for both:-D I love the experience (friends, family, being outside, traveling, ect), I'm ultra competitive (and too old/fat to play sports so this replaces that for me), but without the chance to win some costs back I would do less. For our team teams the entry fees are less than half of the overall cost to compete. I couldn't justify it

Sums it up for me.

NRA4Life
02-09-2011, 10:32 AM
Well, since I haven't won any $$ yet, I enjoy competing, and it is costing $$ to enter the contests...your option of $0 entry would technically be $200+ payout (in savings) each contest to every contestant.

Rub
02-09-2011, 10:45 AM
I have to win money to be able to compete, so there's no way I could do it as often.

DawgPhan
02-09-2011, 01:09 PM
If the money makes you feel dirty, then donate it to a charity. The entry fee is typically not my top expense when comes to showing up on friday.

Now if someone wants to completely foot the bill then I might show up more often, but I dont have people beating down my door with bags of money.

Fatback Joe
02-09-2011, 01:27 PM
Probably would do it about the same.

Time is more of an issue than money lately.

worthsmokin
02-09-2011, 04:14 PM
The chance to win GC or RGC money is what keeps me going. When you spend $400+ for a comp a $10 check does no good.

I enjoy hanging with friends and family and meeting new people, but if you consistanty are going to compete, it will be for the chance of a payday.

Tyler

rlncookinbbq
02-09-2011, 06:48 PM
For our team it is all about the trophys.....

RLN

Finney
02-09-2011, 06:55 PM
I have to win money to be able to compete, so there's no way I could do it as often.

Same here.

TooSaucedToPork
02-10-2011, 05:16 AM
We do it for the game man. We got in this to have fun, if we accomplish that then it is a good day of Que. And if we win then its a great day of Que. I think if you are just in it for the money then you are missing the entire point of the sport.

Neil

Lippy
02-10-2011, 05:54 AM
I would do it less, not because in it for the money to show off, trophies last alot longer. But to do it and get the money to do more comps. Must be nice to have endless money to do all the time.

roksmith
02-10-2011, 06:12 AM
If we had a bunch of local comps, we'd probably compete just for pride and trophies, but really, the entry fee is one of the smaller costs involved for us. We usually spend more in gas than on an entry fee.. soooo we really gotta have a chance to make something back to cover some of our other costs.

Tack
02-10-2011, 06:23 AM
I would definitely compete more.

lcbateman3
02-10-2011, 06:28 AM
If we had a bunch of local comps, we'd probably compete just for pride and trophies, but really, the entry fee is one of the smaller costs involved for us. We usually spend more in gas than on an entry fee.. soooo we really gotta have a chance to make something back to cover some of our other costs.

Same here. The cost of getting to comps is the biggest. We have one local event in the spring. Other than that you have to drive a good distance usually.

Bentley
02-10-2011, 08:40 PM
Under your senerio, I would start competing more and golfing less.

Zombie Barbecue
02-10-2011, 08:55 PM
If Im not at work, its a good day. If I'm drinking beer and eating bbq its a great day.

smoke-n-my-i's
02-13-2011, 05:10 PM
No entry fee, and no payout.... what about the meat, etc.... do we pay for it?

Of course I would compete more.... the entry fee to me is the killer, then add the meat, the gas, etc..... Yes, I really like to compete for the "family" time with everyone. I love walking around yelling hi to everyone, taking pictures, sharing coffee in the morning with those that don't have any, and every once in a while, getting a call, that is just the icing on the cake so to speak. Some people just take it too seriously, but that is ok by me. I just like to have a good time with great people, win lose or draw.

MoKanMeathead
02-13-2011, 06:38 PM
I wouldn't compete at all...kinda like playing Texas Holdem with no pot!! What's the point?

dmprantz
02-13-2011, 06:42 PM
I wouldn't compete at all...kinda like playing Texas Holdem with no pot!! What's the point?

It's kinda funny you put it like that: Until my first daughter was born, I played free poker at a local sports bar every Tuesday. Some times I even played on Wednesday-Sunday. It was all about the fun, entertainment, and the ppl. Some ppl just gotta get paid I guess...

dmp

bbally
02-13-2011, 07:18 PM
Get paid every week by people that love my food in the catering business. So I know what we make is worth money.....

Hence the competitions are a time to screw around, drink some beer and some Jim Beam... and meet interesting people. I would compete a lot more if the cost was zero on entry..... if you see the rig a one of the few contests I can make it to between caterings, you know I just go to have fun.... if we win fine, but really its the people and the fun and the not having to worry if the bride is happy, or the event organzer remembered to tell me the special meal requests,.... or any of the crap that comes with feeding the public for dollars!

Love to cook that is why I cater, but competitions are one of the few times I get to cook and drink and have fun where there is no pressure on the outcome!

Dale P
02-14-2011, 03:37 PM
I love to compete, and the people, but I cant afford not to win some $ back every now and then. We figure winning reserve or grand everytime would be about right for us.:)

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
02-14-2011, 07:34 PM
I love to compete, and the people, but I cant afford not to win some $ back every now and then. We figure winning reserve or grand everytime would be about right for us.:)

You guys are real close. I'm sure 2011 is your year.

Alexa RnQ
02-14-2011, 07:41 PM
I love the game, but until organizers and meat suppliers take checks drawn on the Bank of Love or the Bank of Fun, we're still going to have to think about the money.