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Smoothsmoke
05-10-2011, 07:25 PM
Let's just say the competition is close to your home so their wont be any traveling or lodging expenses. I'd love to get out there in a year or so just for fun, to learn, to greet and hope I dont come in dead last. How much does it cost to compete?

AZScott
05-10-2011, 07:31 PM
$500-$600 would be my estimate. That would depend on how much you cook and where you source it from. It also depends on the entry fee. I always figure $700 within 2 hours from home and $1000+ for anything further away.

Lake Dogs
05-10-2011, 07:34 PM
There's the supplies, cooker of course, tables, chairs, knives, cutting boards, sinks, tents, etc.

Average sanctioned competition entry fee for a smaller competition, say KCBS, would be around $250, not including any entry fees for peoples choice or ancillaries. Meat, spices/rubs, injections, foils, etc. For very short trips, say under 2 hours each way, we'll spend $700 to $800 total. That's KCBS, FBA, etc. MBN, so far I haven't spent less than $1,200, but I hope to do this very thing this year at a close one where I have no travel costs (well, $10 in RV gas) and entering only ribs and pork shoulder, no ancillaries, and hopefully we'll cut it to about $900+-.

Smoothsmoke
05-10-2011, 07:40 PM
Fark! That's a lot of cash! You guys have just witnessed the shortest career of a BBQ competitor ever!! :shocked:

redneck cooker
05-10-2011, 07:44 PM
Fark! That's a lot of cash! You guys have just witnessed the shortest career of a BBQ competitor ever!! :shocked:


With 97% of my cooks in Texas, i would say $400 minimum per event..:confused::-D

Ron_L
05-10-2011, 07:50 PM
Ignoring the equipment since that is used multiple times we average about $150 for meat, rubs, sauces, etc, $250 entry fee, and up to $200 in fuel (for longer drives).

Its depressing when you break it down... :(

bigdogphin
05-10-2011, 07:53 PM
500.00 is a starting budget for us including entry fee. Some are a little less some are more.

JayAre
05-10-2011, 08:18 PM
Louisville 2011....meat, sauce, rubs and consumables...300...400 entry 200 gas, 100 food/beer and 100 misc...1100..not a cheap hobby, but it sure is fun!!!!

Smoke'n Ice
05-10-2011, 09:02 PM
I figure a thousand dollar bill when I pull my trailer out of the driveway at home. Some will be less and some will be more, but the average is $1,000.00. :doh:

Gerrit_Boys
05-10-2011, 09:34 PM
I think I cook on a pretty frugal budget and figuring I have the cooker already and doing the local contest with no driving I can go for $350. That is only stuff to cook the contest. I can't count things that I consume while I'm there because I'd do that no matter where I was.

Contracted Cookers
05-10-2011, 09:54 PM
700.00 average for kcbs

Mister Bob
05-10-2011, 09:56 PM
For me, it usually goes something like this:

$250 for entry fee
$100 for an extra 10' on the cook site
$200 for competition meats
$50 for charcoal
$100 for gas (or more depending on how far)
$150 for beer and food for the boys (plus booze from the cabinet)

$850 total

jbrink01
05-10-2011, 10:30 PM
$750. I have a sponsor that helps CONSIDERABLY to knock that number down.

INmitch
05-10-2011, 10:34 PM
$700 but I plan on upping that! Cause I'm gonna bring more shrimp from now on !!!!:clap2:

JD McGee
05-10-2011, 10:53 PM
We spend $300.00 - $400.00 on average here for local comps...:tsk: We recoup some of our expenses by selling our leftover comp meats to family, friends, and co-workers...:-P

redneck cooker
05-10-2011, 11:00 PM
$700 but I plan on upping that! Cause I'm gonna bring more shrimp from now on !!!!:clap2:


Thats what Im talkin bout!!!!...need anymore teammates???:clap2::becky:

Sawdustguy
05-11-2011, 08:20 AM
Fark! That's a lot of cash! You guys have just witnessed the shortest career of a BBQ competitor ever!! :shocked:

Don't get discouraged. If you have the equipment already you can do it for a lot less than $750 to $1000 for a local contest. The bulk of the cost is tied up in entry fees and meat. I have seen teams go with 1 Brisket, 1 Butt, 3 racks of Ribs and 12 pieces of Chicken. I figure that if you are frugal with a $200 entry fee you could get away spending $350, maybe a little less, if you already had the equipment.

Burk504
05-11-2011, 08:37 AM
I got a couple of buddies together and we split the cost. Half of the team knows very little about bbq except for the 2 most important parts....they love to eat and to drink beer.

We also run a 'bbq lottery'. Everyone who contributes $ gets an equal share of any winnings....even if they can't be at the comp. You wouldn't believe how many people fall for that sucker bet! :shock: Most comps everyone pays about $100-200 and our 2nd place Chicken score in Salisbury paid for the whole event!

smalls65
05-11-2011, 08:37 AM
500.00-600.00 (meat, entry fees, hotel room) We keep our contests around 4 hours away at the most part so that saves on gas...My mom is our gas sponsor so that saves us cash. As long as you have your cookers already, you can have fun and not spend a TON of cash competing. If you're lucky enough to get some decent calls, you can always use that money to pay for the next comp!! :thumb:

Ford
05-11-2011, 10:51 AM
Here's the minimum if you already have an EZUP, tables, coolers, etc.

Meat - 2 briskets, 2 butts, 3 spares, 1 SAMS pack of chicken - $150-180 depending on prices.

Entry $150 to $250. If it's more you might not want to go unless it's real close.

Consumable cooking supplies (Parkay, rub, sauce, fuel) $50-75.

Food and drink for you is extra but as already said you would do that at home.

If you can leave Friday moprning early and get home Saturday night then there is no motel cost even if it's a couple of hours away as You'll stay onsite on a cot or anti-gravity chair.

And for all that you get a mini vacation from your life and get to let your passion for cooking BBQ run wild. At the first contest I went to it was like a 10 year old walking into FAO Schwartz.

dannypat21
05-11-2011, 10:56 AM
Fark! That's a lot of cash! You guys have just witnessed the shortest career of a BBQ competitor ever!! :shocked:

I'm in the same boat as you. I want to start competing next year. But the financial part is the only problem. We could go halves on a comp........

Lake Dogs
05-11-2011, 11:04 AM
I think Ford hit right at the minimum; it's going to be in the low $400 range plus whatever your consumables (drinks, food, etc) run.

If you make a pretty darned good barbecue, and you have a competitive nature, then I highly recommend it. It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun. I think bbq competition folks are about as good a lot of folks as you'll ever find.

Podge
05-11-2011, 11:05 AM
The cost of competing ain't cheap !!.. that's why practicing is all more important. :thumb:

FamilyManBBQ
05-11-2011, 11:16 AM
We are definitely a team on a budget (hauling our gear around in the back of the wife's mini-van)!

Last comp we did we went with 1 brisket, 2 butts, 3 racks of ribs, and had 20 thighs (only cooked 12). $165 entry fee and about $60 in cooking supplies/food for the cooks. Comp was about a 20 minute drive from the front door (not much invested in gas). We were all-in about $350 for this comp.

We finished 15th out of 34 teams...but we had 1st place fun!! It is a mini-vacation for sure...and, for us, some quality father/daughter time.

Look hard at local comps. Sometimes there's a backyard division...or, look for a one-day event (we took home $700 at an event with a $50 entry fee last year).

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
05-11-2011, 11:20 AM
Last year we were running on a $500-550 budget. With fuel and consumables going way up we are now in the $700-750 range.

BearCat
05-11-2011, 11:22 AM
I think around $400 to $500, then if you want to eat and or drink while there thats a whole different story I usaully budget $200 to $250 for that

ParkAvenue_2
05-11-2011, 01:19 PM
The cost on that first one is likely going to be higher than #2, #3 and so on, as you'll probably be buying all the stuff that you didn't know you really needed if you don't already have it. Extra temp guages, rolls of foil, gear, a cot or chair for sleeping, an EZ Up, etc, etc.

Divemaster
05-11-2011, 02:57 PM
I generally figure $500 plus gas and food for the guys...

Smoothsmoke
05-11-2011, 04:26 PM
I'm in the same boat as you. I want to start competing next year. But the financial part is the only problem. We could go halves on a comp........

I can't commit to anything now, but that sure sounds like one way that may make it feasible. Thanks!

Thanks everyone for your replies. It looks like I need to start buying some supplies now so when next year comes, it wont be such a burden. :thumb:

Fatback Joe
05-11-2011, 04:46 PM
$600 is probably about my average.

thillin
05-11-2011, 07:12 PM
$300ish for IBCA comps here in Texas.

Billy Ribs
05-11-2011, 08:09 PM
I'm also wanting to compete in a few local events next year and get my feet wet. I love to cook and have been doing BBQ for a little awhile (not to mention grilling). My plan for this year is to tune up the pit and get it more fuel efficient and better understand how to control it. I'll also be getting a lot of practice, practice and more practice, and building up my tools and supplies.

I want to be as prepared as I can be when I hit my first event. I would love to help out on a local team so I can get a good feel for what competing is all about.

I'm in Allen TX. (Dallas area) so if anybody want to trade knowledge for labor, let me know.

watertowerbbq
05-11-2011, 10:12 PM
I can't commit to anything now, but that sure sounds like one way that may make it feasible. Thanks!

Thanks everyone for your replies. It looks like I need to start buying some supplies now so when next year comes, it wont be such a burden. :thumb:one thing i've done to offset some costs is to put the stuff you need on christmas lists, father's day gifts, birthday gifts, etc. i've put together 2 coolers, 2 water jugs, a thermopen, 1 chimney starter, an 18" WSM, coleman hot water on demand, cot. it's taken the better part of 4 years to get all of that, but i did get it. next item on the list is a cambro.

FamilyManBBQ
05-12-2011, 03:01 AM
one thing i've done to offset some costs is to put the stuff you need on christmas lists, father's day gifts, birthday gifts, etc. i've put together 2 coolers, 2 water jugs, a thermopen, 1 chimney starter, an 18" WSM, coleman hot water on demand, cot. it's taken the better part of 4 years to get all of that, but i did get it. next item on the list is a cambro.

Too funny. This is what's been going on in my family for a while now too! Canopies, rotisserie rings, gurus, even bulk spices/rubs!!

YokeUp
05-12-2011, 03:10 PM
I budget for $500 per event and that includes the registration fee. the KCBS events are getting more and more spendy, so I'll stick more to the IBCA events that run $125 usually... Have fun, it's a great sport

God bless ya

TN_BBQ
05-12-2011, 04:46 PM
I'm in the same boat as you. I want to start competing next year. But the financial part is the only problem. We could go halves on a comp........

That's a pretty good idea and how a lot of folks do it.

Smokenstein & monster crew
05-12-2011, 09:17 PM
450.00 / 500.00

QansasjayhawQ
05-13-2011, 12:47 PM
Too funny. This is what's been going on in my family for a while now too! Canopies, rotisserie rings, gurus, even bulk spices/rubs!!
Exactly! That's what we have done - and yes, it took me about four years of collecting the 'stuff' to where I thought we could compete.

One thing that really impressed me early on was seeing a competitor at the Royal one year that had a really minimalist set up. Their only shelter appeared to be their gravity chair. They had exactly one drum and one Weber kettle. I thought 'hey, if they can compete with that little, then I can too'.

Don't discount the sport because of the costs - you now have lots of great ideas for how to afford it in addition to the answers to your original question.

Go for it!

:-)

Smoothsmoke
05-13-2011, 01:32 PM
Thanks everyone, I've sent this thread to my boss. I need to get paid!

LargoMike
05-14-2011, 11:26 AM
This is not going to be as doable as I thought it would be. First off I am amazed that there are no BBQ competitions in the Tampa Bay area.

I am told by my taste testers that if I compete I will be a cook to beat. I love that I will be able to compete with PitMaster Byron due to geography but I still need to feed the family so my question is this...

Can I sell BBQ & compete? I know I must meet all local health requlations of the competitions but do the various associations and competitions allow this?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.