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bearnakedbbq
08-02-2011, 03:53 PM
Ok, I have the days off to go to the American Royal.

So it is worth going to? Sounds like alot of teams.

I would need to borrow, rent or barter tents, tables and other items.

Lots of hotel space around the area? Think anything is availble?

Looking for Helpful hints.

Troy

smknwhlswife
08-02-2011, 04:01 PM
There should not be any problems of getting you the items you need. Make a list & post.

There is not much going on around KC on that weekend, so hotels should be easy to get.

I live in town, let me know what I can help with.

I can guarantee that there is NOTHING like the AR. There are over 460 teams already placed (for spots) for this year. If you are coming and expecting to win, then I would say it is not worth coming. You need to come and plan on having a GREAT time and meet lots of other teams and HOPE you do well.

Smokin' Bad Habit
08-02-2011, 04:06 PM
isnt there a nascar race the same weekend?

smknwhlswife
08-02-2011, 04:09 PM
isnt there a nascar race the same weekend?

Not this year. It will be the weekend after.

mobow
08-02-2011, 04:18 PM
I made some reservations this afternoon for that weekend with no problem. I am cooking it for the first time this year. I have judged it for the last five years. It is a sight to see and should be on the bucket list of anyone who is a BBQ fanatic. keith

bearnakedbbq
08-02-2011, 04:25 PM
If you are coming and expecting to win, then I would say it is not worth coming.

I'll tell you if I do attend, I am not coming down to lose!

Troy

Coz
08-02-2011, 04:56 PM
We may not make it this year but I can tell ya that it is unreal the first time your there. Been there 2 times and still have not covered it all. Love the place. We may just come out to cook the Invitational on a friends site and then head home not sure yet.

jbrink01
08-02-2011, 05:03 PM
Instead of a hotel, rent an RV and stay on site.

bearnakedbbq
08-02-2011, 05:19 PM
Instead of a hotel, rent an RV and stay on site.

I was just on Google looking at hotels and see they are not that close, plus the cost for the Marriot is $190 per night.

I will Google RV rentals and see how that works.

Troy

jbrink01
08-02-2011, 05:33 PM
Cruise America RV has a location in Lees Summitt which is only 30 minutes away.

Rub
08-02-2011, 06:09 PM
I can guarantee that there is NOTHING like the AR. There are over 460 teams already placed (for spots) for this year. If you are coming and expecting to win, then I would say it is not worth coming. You need to come and plan on having a GREAT time and meet lots of other teams and HOPE you do well.

This ^^^, what she said. :thumb:

Rookie'48
08-02-2011, 07:23 PM
I'll be back judging the Invitational (meats only) and the Open for the forth year. Party!

NorthwestBBQ
08-02-2011, 07:39 PM
I'll be photgraphing the event! I can't wait!

luckyduk
08-02-2011, 07:48 PM
I was just on Google looking at hotels and see they are not that close, plus the cost for the Marriot is $190 per night.

I will Google RV rentals and see how that works.

Troy

Get ahold of premier coach, they have rv's and travel trailers. I got a quote from them for a travel trailer, really easy to work with and prices weren't that far off a hotel and they do deliver :-D

mobow
08-02-2011, 07:57 PM
I was just on Google looking at hotels and see they are not that close, plus the cost for the Marriot is $190 per night.

I will Google RV rentals and see how that works.

Troy

I am staying with my cooker but get a hotel for my wife. Check out the hotel savoy. $110 per night and includes a breakfast to die for. A taxi ride is $12.00 as getting in and out Friday night can be crazy. Pm me if you want more info. Keith

bearnakedbbq
08-02-2011, 08:28 PM
Thanks for all the input so far.

Does this event sell out? Not ready to commit on the airline tickets until I a few of the other items planned first.

Did place an ad on Craigslist (kansas city) asking about a RV rental, but then I am thinking the cost of the event will go up a bid since I will need more space.

Lots to think about.

troy

Jeff_in_KC
08-02-2011, 10:26 PM
I would say of course you don't come down to lose but the AR Open is such a crap shoot. That's why Kim said don't PLAN to win. Hope to do well. Not only will you be competing against probably 250 of the best teams from around the nation, you'll also be competing against about 200 or so teams that don't give a squat and are there for the party, corporate parties or private. But, since our entries aren't compared to other entries, if you cook well, there's no reason you can't do as well as anyone in the contest. Same as anywhere in that respect - you gotta get on tables where you get lucky and all the judges like your food.

smknwhlswife
08-03-2011, 10:21 AM
I just wanted you to know the "real deal". It is a fun but VERY long weekend. When cooking against 500+ teams anything can happen. And the weather can be anything; hot, rainy, cold, freezing, snowy or icy. Its all part of the "fun".

Oliverbbq
08-03-2011, 10:43 AM
From what I've read it's a crap shoot...I heard it has mostly judges with little experience that sign up just to eat. So almost anybody can do decent with a bit of luck...

mobow
08-03-2011, 11:50 AM
From what I've read it's a crap shoot...I heard it has mostly judges with little experience that sign up just to eat. So almost anybody can do decent with a bit of luck...
It is not quite that bad. They do a pretty good job of getting as many CBJs as they can and most of the judges that are not certified seem to take the task seriously. They also seat us so that each table has 4 or 5 CBJs with one or two judges that may not be. Landing on the right table always has some luck to it but I think the organiezers do a good job of trying to make it as fair a playing feild as possible. just my take on it. keith
ps this is for the open. The invitational has all CBJ's

bearnakedbbq
08-03-2011, 09:30 PM
I am going to enter, but I have more questions.

First off the application form for this contest SUCKS. Tried three times to fill it out Made mistakes and required that I hit the back button, only to find out it removes all of your info. First time was I forgot to say no to the sausage category, then it was I didn’t put a space #, then after I added the spot #’s, I did it told me my numbers where not valid. Little frustrated. Will try to call someone tomorrow.

Here are my questions

I see 502 teams have signed up so far, how many team can enter? Do I need to sign up ASAP or do I have 10 days or so to figure things out?

The application is asking me to pick three spots. Like I have a clue! Where do I want to be? What space #? I will need power (pellet grills) and I see where they mention I might need a power cord of 150ft. I would rather not have this spot. I am thinking on going with an “A” space (20x25) and get a hotel or I can rent a bigger spot and try and get a RV to rent. Once I make a selection can I change it?

What are the bales of hay for?

Should I purchase the ice ahead of time?

Do teams get together and purchase trash bins and toilets?

I plan on flying in on Wednesday the 28th and leaving on Monday the 3rd. What else should I do while in Kansas City or will I be spending all my time at the event?

Do you recommend entering the side categories? How many teams enter these extra categories? Wish they had a salmon one!

Can you sell hats, and spices out of your area? Not going to fly enough of these stuff down to need a separate vending booth. Think some Alaska items might sell good.

Since the decision has been made please tell me what to expect and what I should bring or do, to make the best of this event.

No side dish will contain more than 7.5% meat or fish products. Is this by weight? How do they determine this? For example I have bacon in my beans. Do I need to prove that I only 7.5 % bacon in my beans?

You may turn in either six (6) separate portions or one large portion with enough for six judges. Your entry must fit into the Styrofoam container provided with the lid closed. So is the container the same size as the ones used for the meats? Can I put my items in ramekins? If not, how does one display beans?

Plowboy
08-03-2011, 09:53 PM
If you can, stay away from the C lot. That is party central. Just pick some A, B, D spaces and indicate that you don't want to be in C lot. You still could get placed there, but the sooner you apply, the better chance you have.

A toilet is always a good option, but keep a lock on it or the general public will use it. Trash bins aren't necessary. We never get them. The hay bales aren't necessary. If you are on in the C lot, you may want to construct a fence to keep the public out of your space. The orange temporary construction fencing that comes in a roll from Home Depot is cheap and works well.

Hit the BBQ joints while in town and hit the BBQ supply stores: Smoke N Fire, KC BBQ Store, Backyard Bash, BBQ Fans, etc. WWI memorial is the only federal memorial to WWI in the country. It is downtown. Plaza and Power & Light district are good for night life, shopping, etc.

Us locals will help you out with planning and supplies as you get closer.

What do you cook on?

smknwhlswife
08-04-2011, 09:33 AM
I recommend you read this. It should answer many of your questions and has great info in it.


http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66700&highlight=American+Royal

bearnakedbbq
08-08-2011, 02:03 PM
Date:08/08/2011Confirmation Number:5958837

It is a done deal.

Flying in from Alaska so I will not be bringing many items with me, so I will need to rent/borrow/barter. Bringing down some copper river reds!

I am asking the GMG dealer to assist in finding me a grill or two. I am a dealer in Alaska, so hopefully he can hook me up.

Will need a tent or two, two or three tables, 6 chairs. I am sure as we get closer everything will fall in place. Once I get my spot # I will post it. It would be great to meet a few of you Brethren.

Staying at the Residence Inn, not renting an RV. Using points for the hotel is saving me $650+ so I can use this money to purchase food. So if you have the must hit spots for food, please post them here or email me

troy
alaskabbqsupply@gmail.com

bearnakedbbq
08-17-2011, 02:10 PM
Looks like I have spot 034.

So what can you tell me about this area? Looks like I am in Lot D next to the competitorís parking lot. Also looks like we are far enough out of the way we might not have the traffic to deal with.

So where is the turn-in area? Any idea on how long it might take to get to it?

Thanks

Troy

mobow
08-17-2011, 02:16 PM
Looks like I have spot 034.

So what can you tell me about this area? Looks like I am in Lot D next to the competitorís parking lot. Also looks like we are far enough out of the way we might not have the traffic to deal with.

So where is the turn-in area? Any idea on how long it might take to get to it?

Thanks

Troy
How did you find out your space assigment? keith

jbrink01
08-17-2011, 02:49 PM
Date:08/08/2011Confirmation Number:5958837

It is a done deal.

Flying in from Alaska so I will not be bringing many items with me, so I will need to rent/borrow/barter. Bringing down some copper river reds!

I am asking the GMG dealer to assist in finding me a grill or two. I am a dealer in Alaska, so hopefully he can hook me up.

Will need a tent or two, two or three tables, 6 chairs. I am sure as we get closer everything will fall in place. Once I get my spot # I will post it. It would be great to meet a few of you Brethren.

Staying at the Residence Inn, not renting an RV. Using points for the hotel is saving me $650+ so I can use this money to purchase food. So if you have the must hit spots for food, please post them here or email me

troy
alaskabbqsupply@gmail.com

I can get you an extra EZ-UP. And have other "stuff". PM me.

Bigmista
08-17-2011, 08:02 PM
And the weather can be anything; hot, rainy, cold, freezing, snowy or icy. Its all part of the "fun".

Plan on cold.

jbrink01
08-17-2011, 08:05 PM
Plan on cold.

September / October here is GORGEOUS! Highs in the 70's, lows in the 40's and 50's. But, Mista is from Cali......BTW, we are in 922.

bearnakedbbq
08-17-2011, 08:10 PM
Plan on cold.

Not sure our two definitions of cold would be the same.

Gerrit_Boys
08-17-2011, 09:15 PM
How did you find out your space assigment? keith

Yes, how do you come by this info?

boogiesnap
08-17-2011, 09:40 PM
Not sure our two definitions of cold would be the same.

the truth is sooo funny!

jbrink01
08-17-2011, 09:50 PM
Yes, how do you come by this info?

Packets will be sent out Monday. I had a bit of an inside track. Teams from last year have the option of keeping their same spots.

WhiskeyBentBBQ
08-17-2011, 09:52 PM
Looks like I have spot 034.

So what can you tell me about this area? Looks like I am in Lot D next to the competitorís parking lot. Also looks like we are far enough out of the way we might not have the traffic to deal with.

So where is the turn-in area? Any idea on how long it might take to get to it?

Thanks

Troy

The bad news is that it is a very healthy walk to turn ins. We were in 076 last year and we budgeted 7 minutes for the walk. It is a great lot tho. When we go back, we will try to be in that lot. We really liked it. Good luck on getting everything together. We are GMG dealers from Florida and the local GMG guys were very good to work with.

txschutte
08-17-2011, 10:01 PM
See you all there!!

Sticks-n-chicks
08-17-2011, 10:04 PM
I will be down there camped out fro thurs-Sunday and will have my trailer there but I am not cooking. I will be there in the OBR tent...let me know what you need and I will see what I have or can find.



Ok, I have the days off to go to the American Royal.

So it is worth going to? Sounds like alot of teams.

I would need to borrow, rent or barter tents, tables and other items.

Lots of hotel space around the area? Think anything is availble?

Looking for Helpful hints.

Troy

Solidkick
08-20-2011, 12:17 PM
I would say the positive of being in lot D is you shouldn't have the majority of the Friday night and Saturday night crowds wandering around.
The down side will be the walk to turn ins. Time it out before hand for sure! Hope you will have a runner as this could be up to a 13-15 minute round trip walk.

sfisch
08-20-2011, 12:44 PM
We were in lot 267 last year and hope to get it again this year. Not too bad of a walk to turn-ins but close enough to a few corporate parties, especially the one handing out the free bloody mary's all night!! Had a great view of the fireworks too!

Scott

Frankbbq
08-21-2011, 10:15 AM
Friday night is the big party. Saturday night and Sunday are much quieter. Plan on extra time for the open turn in because the turn in area/table gets backed up. It may take 5 + minutes to get into and out of the area.