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Muzzlebrake
09-23-2012, 08:28 AM
OK so the field is shaping up to be the tough mother we all expected! With one Regional left, here is your list of teams so far

Region 1;

1. Who's Smokin' Now
2. Grills Gone Wild Iowa
3. The Smoking Hills
4. Route 66 Catering Crew
5. Sin City Smokers
6. R & R BBQ
7. Trailhound Smokers BBQ
8. Smokin' Triggers
9. 2 Lil' Macs BBQ
10. Piggy D's BBQ

Region 2;

TBD 9/29/12

Region 3;

1. Bub-Ba-Q
2. Warren Co. Pork Choppers
3. Everglades Seasoning BBQ
4. Swiggin' Pig
5. Good Buddies BBQ
6. Que'n, Stew'n, & Brew'n
7. Wooley Bully BBQ Maffia
8. Swamp Boys
9. Smokin' Butt Crew
10. L J Smokin'

Region 4;

1. Lucky's Q
2. Truebud BBQ
3. Smitty's Real Pit BBQ
4. Big T's Q Cru
5. It's 5 O'clock Somewhere
6. Pig Skin BBQ
7. Brew-B-Q
8. QUAU
9. The Smoke Hunters
10. Spruce Ridge Smokers

Region 5;

1. ZBQ
2. BBQ Guru
3. Stubborn Bull BBQ
4. Lo'-N-Slo' BBQ
5. Finn's Finest BBQ
6. Pork Barrel BBQ
7. Wilbur's Revenge
8. Two Old Men & a Grill
9. Pickin' Porkers
10. Meat @ Slim's


So lets hear it! Who are your favorites to win the National Championship?

Muzzlebrake
09-29-2012, 06:30 PM
The field is set! Here are the teams headed to Nationals. Who's your pick to walk away the champ?

Region 1;

1. Who's Smokin' Now
2. Grills Gone Wild Iowa
3. The Smoking Hills
4. Route 66 Catering Crew
5. Sin City Smokers
6. R & R BBQ
7. Trailhound Smokers BBQ
8. Smokin' Triggers
9. 2 Lil' Macs BBQ
10. Piggy D's BBQ

Region 2;

1. Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ
2. Triple A Cookers
3. Buffalo's BBQ
4. Boondoggle BBQ
5. There's No Place Like Sm
6. Cavemancuisine
7. Fire Dancer BBQ
8. Sizzlin Bones BBQ
9. Brew 'N' Bar-B-Que
10. County Line Smokers

Region 3;

1. Bub-Ba-Q
2. Warren Co. Pork Choppers
3. Everglades Seasoning BBQ
4. Swiggin' Pig
5. Good Buddies BBQ
6. Que'n, Stew'n, & Brew'n
7. Wooley Bully BBQ Maffia
8. Swamp Boys
9. Smokin' Butt Crew
10. L J Smokin'

Region 4;

1. Lucky's Q
2. Truebud BBQ
3. Smitty's Real Pit BBQ
4. Big T's Q Cru
5. It's 5 O'clock Somewhere
6. Pig Skin BBQ
7. Brew-B-Q
8. QUAU
9. The Smoke Hunters
10. Spruce Ridge Smokers

Region 5;

1. ZBQ
2. BBQ Guru
3. Stubborn Bull BBQ
4. Lo'-N-Slo' BBQ
5. Finn's Finest BBQ
6. Pork Barrel BBQ
7. Wilbur's Revenge
8. Two Old Men & a Grill
9. Pickin' Porkers
10. Meat @ Slim's


So lets hear it! Who are your favorites to win the National Championship?

Fat Freddy
09-29-2012, 07:04 PM
Wow tough tough teams, while i know several of them, I am never one to back away. My pick is fellow Brethren Musicmanryann of Big T'z.

carlyle
09-29-2012, 10:39 PM
Man is this a stout field!

While I am hesitant to make an individual pick from among friends, my money is on one of the teams from the upper midwest.

Consider- just from the Iowa teams I know :
The father and son duo of Grills Gone Wild of Iowa and Pig Skin BBQ ( #2 in points)
Big Tz # 3 in points with a #1 in brisket
Lucky's Q - #4 at the Royal Invitational last year
Iowa's Smoky D's - always a threat.

While skill got all these teams to the final - with this tough a field - luck will sure be a factor.

No matter who wins - it will be a stellar accomplishment worthy of praise from all of us.

I am just proud of the quantity and quality of the teams from our part of the country.

Jorge
09-29-2012, 11:15 PM
I like the chances of a previous Jack winner.

Pickin' Porkers
09-30-2012, 06:58 AM
Don't count us out! Pickin' Porkers

KC_Bobby
09-30-2012, 08:37 AM
Six teams from Iowa - maybe they can move this to Des Moines.

Trucky1008
09-30-2012, 09:12 AM
Tough field of teams for sure. Good luck to all!

Pickin' Porkers
09-30-2012, 09:23 AM
I really do not put much "stock" into rankings but it is interesting to see how things shake out....here is the list sorted by current rankings by bbqrace.com. If you are not familar with this site....GO THERE...we needed something like this.

Current rank/final in their regional/team name/regional score

2 6. Pig Skin BBQ - 674.2854
3 4. Big T's Q Cru - 675.9998
7 8. QUAU - 670.2858
8 2. Truebud BBQ - 685.7140
10 4. Swiggin' Pig - 695.4284
12 1. Bub-Ba-Q - 697.1426
17 2. Warren Co. Pork Choppers - 697.1424
18 3. The Smoking Hills - 655.4286
21 3. Buffalo's BBQ - 684.0002
23 1. Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ - 685.1428
26 8. Two Old Men & a Grill - 651.9996
27 6. Cavemancuisine - 679.4284
31 6. Que'n, Stew'n, & Brew'n - 691.9998
34 7. Fire Dancer BBQ - 678.8572
36 1. Lucky's Q - 686.8574
48 8. Smokin' Triggers - 648.5716
49 2. Grills Gone Wild Iowa - 664.5710
56 1. Who's Smokin' Now - 666.2856
57 10. Piggy D's BBQ - 645.7140
60 6. Pork Barrel BBQ - 656.0000
80 3. Stubborn Bull BBQ - 664.5714
89 9. Pickin' Porkers - 650.2854
93 10. County Line Smokers - 672.0002
102 9. Brew 'N' Bar-B-Que - 674.8568
104 4. Lo'-N-Slo' BBQ - 661.7140
113 10. Meat @ Slim's - 649.1430
134 5. It's 5 O'clock Somewhere - 674.8572
136 1. ZBQ - 670.8572
154 8. Sizzlin Bones BBQ - 675.9996
156 5. There's No Place Like Sm - 679.4288
174 4. Route 66 Catering Crew - 652.5712
181 2. BBQ Guru - 666.2854
202 4. Boondoggle BBQ - 679.9998
251 5. Sin City Smokers - 651.9998
264 8. Swamp Boys - 691.4282
268 9. 2 Lil' Macs BBQ - 645.7140
297 9. The Smoke Hunters - 669.7138
350 7. Trailhound Smokers BBQ - 649.7142
369 9. Smokin' Butt Crew - 690.8568
389 6. R & R BBQ - 651.4284
394 7. Wilbur's Revenge - 652.0006
395 5. Finn's Finest BBQ - 656.5714
458 7. Wooley Bully BBQ Maffia - 691.4284
458 7. Brew-B-Q - 672.5712
460 5. Good Buddies BBQ - 693.1424
476 10. Spruce Ridge Smokers - 665.7140
538 2. Triple A Cookers - 685.1428
601 3. Smitty's Real Pit BBQ - 678.8570
715 3. Everglades Seasoning BBQ - 696.5710
1259 10. L J Smokin' - 690.2852

Rub
09-30-2012, 05:11 PM
The problem with bbqrace.com is that it just looks at KCBS contests. Myself and most from my area only cook a handful at most KCBS contests. Most of ours are FBA. nationalbbqrankings.com combines multiple sanctioning bodies giving a more accurate representation IMO. Now if we could only get it updated. :wink:

Muzzlebrake
09-30-2012, 05:17 PM
I like the chances of a previous Jack winner.

Surprising few in this field. Which one are you picking?

The problem with bbqrace.com is that it just looks at KCBS contests. Myself and most from my area only cook a handful at most KCBS contests. Most of ours are FBA. nationalbbqrankings.com combines multiple sanctioning bodies giving a more accurate representation IMO. Now if we could only get it updated. :wink:

I was thinking the same thing. I was just looking at the Everglades Seasoning Team on bbqrace. I hate to be the one to out him, but I find it hard to believe Jimmy is ranked 715.

Rub
09-30-2012, 06:22 PM
Surprising few in this field. Which one are you picking?



I was thinking the same thing. I was just looking at the Everglades Seasoning Team on bbqrace. I hate to be the one to out him, but I find it hard to believe Jimmy is ranked 715.

I'm thinking he's only cooked a couple KCBS contests this year, one of them being the 73 team Lakeland Pig Fest that he GC'd.

Pickin' Porkers
09-30-2012, 07:01 PM
The problem with bbqrace.com is that it just looks at KCBS contests.

I agree Rub that they need to update. Here is what I get when I sign on.

Home

13/Sep/2012

Like National BBQ Rankings on facebook

Being the KCBS guy I am I naturally am more interested in those standings rather than other sanctioning bodies so it tickled me to see bbqrace.com get onboard. Previous sites finally could not keep up with the painstaking work of updating standings on a regular basis so they were unreliable. Hopefully these guys make a few coins to warrant their efforts with this site. PLUS...where does a site stop adding rankings? Should SCBA be included as well...or SBN????

Jorge
09-30-2012, 07:19 PM
[QUOTE=Muzzlebrake;2230352]Surprising few in this field. Which one are you picking?
[\QUOTE]

I'm not messing with anybody's mojo:).




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daveinwestmont
09-30-2012, 08:05 PM
Quau cooking very well!!!

Brew B Q has had a great 2012 and Smoke Hunter's would be my spoiler!

Give em hell boys!!!!

TheJackal
10-01-2012, 10:36 AM
Impressive group. Good luck everyone.

Pickin' Porkers
10-02-2012, 08:52 AM
I'll jump on out there and make a prediction.....

The GC will come out of the following:

Little Pig Town
The Smoking Hills
Buffalo's BBQ
Caveman Cuisine
Truebud

HOWEVER...do not count us or Two Old Men and a Grill out either....Bob has been on a roll this year and it will be interesting to see how the Midwest judges score things.

Smokinclone
10-02-2012, 09:33 AM
I'll bet you a million dollars that Little Pig Town won't win it. :)

Pickin' Porkers
10-02-2012, 09:57 AM
I'll bet you a million dollars that Little Pig Town won't win it. :)

OUCH....what a prediction.....1 in 50 chances which is better than the Royal or Jack!!!!

musicmanryann
10-02-2012, 10:05 AM
He is saying that LPT isn't in the field. :wink:

Pickin' Porkers
10-02-2012, 04:41 PM
He is saying that LPT isn't in the field. :wink:


ahhhh.... that's much better....I sure didn't want to see any teams slammed on this thread!

All I AM sure of is.....if I go running in there with my Western North Carolina BBQ sauces.....the judges will make sure the five I listed will win....or others.

Scottie
10-02-2012, 05:34 PM
Region 4. Or Clone out of region 2. He is his own region...

jaestar
10-02-2012, 05:46 PM
Region 4. Or Clone out of region 2. He is his own region...

Region 4 may have the top five.

smokincracker
10-02-2012, 10:04 PM
715 I'll take it.. love the underdog mojo!!! safe travels everyone..

Pickin' Porkers
10-03-2012, 08:01 AM
Looking at the rankings again and sorting according to National BBQ Rankings, the list changes some.

One thing I am positive of is that the judges at this upcoming cook will be accustomed to Midwest flavor profiles which automatically puts southern and northern teams to a huge disadvantage unless a team has a universally loved sauce or can adapt.

Thanks to Dawgphan for pointing out a huge error I made on an earlier post of this.

BBQRace ranking/Regional Position/Team Name/Regional Score/Nat BBQ Ranking

7 8. QUAU - 670.2858 1
12 1. Bub-Ba-Q - 697.1426 2
8 2. Truebud BBQ - 685.7140 7
136 1. ZBQ - 670.8572 15
264 8. Swamp Boys - 691.4282 15
3 4. Big T's Q Cru - 675.9998 16
21 3. Buffalo's BBQ - 684.0002 19
10 4. Swiggin' Pig - 695.4284 21
18 3. The Smoking Hills - 655.4286 22
17 2. Warren Co. Pork Choppers - 697.1424 25
27 6. Cavemancuisine - 679.4284 26
2 6. Pig Skin BBQ - 674.2854 29
31 6. Que'n, Stew'n, & Brew'n - 691.9998 36
23 1. Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ - 685.1428 42
104 4. Lo'-N-Slo' BBQ - 661.7140 44
36 1. Lucky's Q - 686.8574 52
49 2. Grills Gone Wild Iowa - 664.5710 53
26 8. Two Old Men & a Grill - 651.9996 55
56 1. Who's Smokin' Now - 666.2856 58
48 8. Smokin' Triggers - 648.5716 62
34 7. Fire Dancer BBQ - 678.8572 69
181 2. BBQ Guru - 666.2854 71
60 6. Pork Barrel BBQ - 656.0000 75
458 7. Wooley Bully BBQ Maffia - 691.4284 89
57 10. Piggy D's BBQ - 645.7140 98
89 9. Pickin' Porkers - 650.2854 105
715 3. Everglades Seasoning BBQ - 696.5710 108
80 3. Stubborn Bull BBQ - 664.5714 109
134 5. It's 5 O'clock Somewhere - 674.8572 151
113 10. Meat @ Slim's - 649.1430 155
102 9. Brew 'N' Bar-B-Que - 674.8568 180
154 8. Sizzlin Bones BBQ - 675.9996 187
93 10. County Line Smokers - 672.0002 203
174 4. Route 66 Catering Crew - 652.5712 210
458 7. Brew-B-Q - 672.5712 212
251 5. Sin City Smokers - 651.9998 225
297 9. The Smoke Hunters - 669.7138 226
476 10. Spruce Ridge Smokers - 665.7140 236
389 6. R & R BBQ - 651.4284 237
460 5. Good Buddies BBQ - 693.1424 245
369 9. Smokin' Butt Crew - 690.8568 258
156 5. There's No Place Like Sm - 679.4288 266
601 3. Smitty's Real Pit BBQ - 678.8570 296
202 4. Boondoggle BBQ - 679.9998 307
394 7. Wilbur's Revenge - 652.0006 325
268 9. 2 Lil' Macs BBQ - 645.7140 360
395 5. Finn's Finest BBQ - 656.5714 498
1259 10. L J Smokin' - 690.2852 542
350 7. Trailhound Smokers BBQ - 649.7142 570
538 2. Triple A Cookers - 685.1428 701

DawgPhan
10-03-2012, 09:40 AM
I think that you are probably just looking at the top 200. If you scroll to the bottom of the rankings page, you can display all the teams and it will show everyone. I am sure a lot of those teams are ranked.

anyway, thanks for doing that. I am sure it was a lot of work, and really interesting.

I wonder what the average difference is and who has the biggest difference. I am guessing Swamp Boys or a team like that.

Pickin' Porkers
10-03-2012, 10:30 AM
I wonder what the average difference is and who has the biggest difference. I am guessing Swamp Boys or a team like that.

The largest difference are with the following teams:

BBQRace.com ranking/Team Name/Nat. BBQ Rank/Movement

93 County Line Smokers 203 -110 DOWN
156 There's No Place Like Sm - 679.4288 266 -110 DOWN
538 Triple A Cookers 701 -163 DOWN
350 Trailhound Smokers BBQ 570 -220 DOWN
476 Spruce Ridge Smokers 236 240 UP
458 Brew-B-Q 212 246 UP
264 Swamp Boys 15 249 UP
601 Smitty's Real Pit BBQ 296 305 UP
458 Wooley Bully BBQ Maffia 89 369 UP
715 Everglades Seasoning BBQ 108 607 UP
1259 L J Smokin' 542 717 UP

Average movement for the entire field is 45.82 positions...both up and down.

Average down is -48.7.......Average Up is 175.6

Rub
10-03-2012, 03:30 PM
Received the email from Troy today outlining the weekend. I can't wait, this is going to be a blast!

Sledneck
10-03-2012, 03:43 PM
Stubborn bull is gonna shock the bbq world and win

trohrs123
10-03-2012, 04:09 PM
Stubborn bull is gonna shock the bbq world and win

now you put the jinx on us...but thanks for the vote of confidence!!:wink:

Pickin' Porkers
10-04-2012, 01:44 PM
I am surprised at the lack of predictions here! This reminds me of last years "Fantasy League" which started out with a bang then fizzled faster than Cam Newton.

Pickin' Porkers
10-09-2012, 09:45 AM
We're going to find out soon!

sizzlinbonesfan
10-09-2012, 10:50 AM
I KNOW Sizzlin' Bones is gonna give it one hell of a shot!! Even if we come in dead last.... it is an honor to cook with that those teams, real honor! We NEVER expected to get this far, if it wasn't for Butcher declining his spot at the St. Charles Regionals, we wouldn't have, thanks David.
Now wish this.... peon, redneck, homemade bbq pit cookin', Okie from Muskogee team, some LUCK... we need it!!!

Happy BBQ'n
Alissa Gage Hill
Sizzlin' Bones BBQ - Team Gopher :)

stan
10-10-2012, 03:19 PM
See everyone down in Bentonville! Should be fun!

stan
10-10-2012, 03:29 PM
I wish my team was as good as BBQ Race has me but they have contests that are not mine listed for me from some team from the SE. Then the National BBQ Rankings don't show all the contests I have done including my 1st GC last month. Don't get me wrong I like both the websites and it must be a nightmare to keep up but wow that is off quite a bit!

The largest difference are with the following teams:

BBQRace.com ranking/Team Name/Nat. BBQ Rank/Movement

93 County Line Smokers 203 -110 DOWN
156 There's No Place Like Sm - 679.4288 266 -110 DOWN
538 Triple A Cookers 701 -163 DOWN
350 Trailhound Smokers BBQ 570 -220 DOWN
476 Spruce Ridge Smokers 236 240 UP
458 Brew-B-Q 212 246 UP
264 Swamp Boys 15 249 UP
601 Smitty's Real Pit BBQ 296 305 UP
458 Wooley Bully BBQ Maffia 89 369 UP
715 Everglades Seasoning BBQ 108 607 UP
1259 L J Smokin' 542 717 UP

Average movement for the entire field is 45.82 positions...both up and down.

Average down is -48.7.......Average Up is 175.6

Heath Hall
10-10-2012, 06:54 PM
I wish my team was as good as BBQ Race has me but they have contests that are not mine listed for me from some team from the SE. Then the National BBQ Rankings don't show all the contests I have done including my 1st GC last month. Don't get me wrong I like both the websites and it must be a nightmare to keep up but wow that is off quite a bit!

Send us an email and let us know what is wrong. The biggest problem is that so many teams have so many variations of how their names are spelled that we are having to clean up a lot of this mess. This may have caused us to merge to teams together that shouldn't have been merged.

See everyone in Bentonville this weekend.

Teamfour
10-10-2012, 06:58 PM
Send us an email and let us know what is wrong. The biggest problem is that so many teams have so many variations of how their names are spelled that we are having to clean up a lot of this mess. This may have caused us to merge to teams together that shouldn't have been merged.

See everyone in Bentonville this weekend.

Has anyone ever thought of assigning a team a Team Number for purposes of registration and competing? The team could still use their name at the event but scoring would be posted and tracked by Team Number.


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Rub
10-10-2012, 07:14 PM
My trailer left this morning, I'll be there tomorrow afternoon. Looking forward to it!

sizzlinbonesfan
10-10-2012, 08:00 PM
Good Luck to All! It's gonna be fun no matter the outcome for us :grin:! Safe travels to and from!!

Happy BBQ'n
Alissa
Sizzlin' Bones BBQ

Pickin' Porkers
10-10-2012, 08:09 PM
We're here in the Sam's Club parking lot now in Bentonville....waiting to move to the corporate HQ tomorrow. I was mildly surprised to see I was the only team to arrive today!!!

BBQ_Mayor
10-10-2012, 08:16 PM
First off, congrats to all of you that made it to the show.:eusa_clap You're all champions!

A tough field for sure but I need to stick with my Iowa roots.

The Iowa boys will will rock the the state of Arkansas with Big T'z bringing home the bling. I think all my othe Iowa peeps are going to do very well also. Good luck to you all.

Rub
10-10-2012, 09:13 PM
We're here in the Sam's Club parking lot now in Bentonville....waiting to move to the corporate HQ tomorrow. I was mildly surprised to see I was the only team to arrive today!!!
Some are at the hotels right now. See you tomorrow afternoon!

RangerJ
10-10-2012, 09:44 PM
Ill take the winner of my regional who did well at the AR.

KC_Bobby
10-10-2012, 11:02 PM
Some are at the hotels right now. See you tomorrow afternoon!

Holy Smokes - I still have to work tomorrow (til probably about 4 pm) before leaving Kansas City

Market Hunter
10-11-2012, 05:57 AM
Good luck to all who earned their way into this championship!

Give em he11 Carolina boys(and girls)! :eusa_clap

Crash
10-11-2012, 06:10 AM
Best of luck to all the teams...you absolutely all deserve to be there. Go get you some and have a damn good time.

I know who I'd box in a trifecta...but I'll tell you after the results. :icon_shy

stan
10-11-2012, 08:33 AM
Thanks Heath I did send the email! My name does not have several variations another team called County Line Que I believe is their name has been merged with County Line Smokers.


Send us an email and let us know what is wrong. The biggest problem is that so many teams have so many variations of how their names are spelled that we are having to clean up a lot of this mess. This may have caused us to merge to teams together that shouldn't have been merged.

See everyone in Bentonville this weekend.

Meat@Slim's
10-11-2012, 10:15 AM
Holy Smokes - I still have to work tomorrow (til probably about 4 pm) before leaving Kansas City

Yeah it is hard to believe I am at work right now in Lexington, MA and tomorrow at this time I'll be sitting in a cooks meeting.

Be safe everyone as you drive in today.

Lookin' forward to cookin'!

Muzzlebrake
10-11-2012, 12:08 PM
Holy Smokes - I still have to work tomorrow (til probably about 4 pm) before leaving Kansas City

Yeah it is hard to believe I am at work right now in Lexington, MA and tomorrow at this time I'll be sitting in a cooks meeting.

Be safe everyone as you drive in today.

Lookin' forward to cookin'!

So how productive are you guys today?


I have friends that came out of just about every Regional so I can't base my picks on geography........I'll commit by lunch tomorrow, let you all know who the top 5 will be :becky:

Good Smokin Luck to everyone there! Don't do too much per contest socializing :rockon:

Jaskew82
10-11-2012, 01:10 PM
I'm predicting ZBQ with the GC or RGC.

Pickin' Porkers
10-11-2012, 03:28 PM
The teams are rolling in! Good to see folks I have not seen in a while!

trohrs123
10-11-2012, 06:41 PM
I'm predicting ZBQ with the GC or RGC.

ZBQ has been on a roll, but we are set up next to them ...I plan on introducing them to my favorite drink the "Big Jack" ...equal parts Jack Daniels, vanilla vodka and a splash of Coke...when you finally realize your tipsy, it's way too late...evil laugh mod:shock:

Rub
10-11-2012, 06:51 PM
Well I was supposed to fly out this morning and be there by noon-thirty today. Delays, cancellations, and a different airport and now I'm sitting in Chicago. Hope to be there by 9pm tonight, just a wee bit late.

Sent from deep in the swamp.

CBQ
10-11-2012, 09:16 PM
ZBQ has been on a roll, but we are set up next to them ...I plan on introducing them to my favorite drink the "Big Jack" ...equal parts Jack Daniels, vanilla vodka and a splash of Coke...when you finally realize your tipsy, it's way too late...evil laugh mod:shock:

We are way too scared of someone that would bring a 500 pound garden gnome to a BBQ contest to drink with them. :becky:

Balls Casten
10-12-2012, 07:13 AM
Good lucky's q to all. :-)

Pickin' Porkers
10-12-2012, 08:53 AM
The day of reckoning is here! Good luck teams!

big brother smoke
10-12-2012, 09:33 AM
Stubborn bull is gonna shock the bbq world and win

+1 :tape:

Westexbbq
10-12-2012, 09:34 AM
Wishing all competing teams the best of luck, hope all goes well. (wish I was there)

Muzzlebrake
10-12-2012, 12:22 PM
OK here we go. Since nobody else is willing to go first let me lead the way. Here's my top 10 in random order

Big T's
Boondoggle
Everglades Seasoning
Iowa Smokey Ds
Lo N Slo
Pork Barrel
Quau
Stubborn Bull
The Smoking Hills
Truebud

There you go, bet the house :becky:

Good luck everyone!

HogFan
10-12-2012, 01:18 PM
I may come by tonight and see who i can meet. Is there a place to get a map showing where the teams are setup?


Best of luck to everyone!!!

timzcardz
10-12-2012, 02:03 PM
OK here we go. Since nobody else is willing to go first let me lead the way. Here's my top 10 in random order

Big T's
Boondoggle
Everglades Seasoning
Iowa Smokey Ds
Lo N Slo
Pork Barrel
Quau
Stubborn Bull
The Smoking Hills
Truebud

There you go, bet the house :becky:

Good luck everyone!


THAT'S NOT RANDOM ORDER!

That's alpahabetical order.



And ZBQ wins the Local AND Regional but doesn't even make your top 10?

pat
10-12-2012, 02:20 PM
Bring it home Mr Subway :thumb:

INmitch
10-12-2012, 02:42 PM
I may come by tonight and see who i can meet. Is there a place to get a map showing where the teams are setup?


Best of luck to everyone!!!
If it's like last year they are set up in Sams Headquarters parking lot. Can't miss them. Also plenty of parking right there. Wish I was there again this year.:oops:

jaestar
10-12-2012, 06:06 PM
My boxed trifecta is Big T, Lucky's Q and Pig Skin. No bias here or anything :-P

Muzzlebrake
10-12-2012, 06:32 PM
THAT'S NOT RANDOM ORDER!

That's alpahabetical order.



And ZBQ wins the Local AND Regional but doesn't even make your top 10?

LMAO I was too lazy to scramble them up. I don't want to hear anything from you haters until you man up and pick 'em anyway
....my apologies to the ZBQ crew but tough choices had to be made. I didn't want it to seem like an East Coast biased ( a team name earlier in the alphabet may have helped too)

trohrs123
10-12-2012, 09:57 PM
Big congrats to ZBQ FOR WINNING $1000.00 in the Iron Chef contest today!! They are dangerous!

BBQchef33
10-13-2012, 12:05 AM
Go Stubborn Bull! Bring it home to Long Island!

CBQ
10-13-2012, 06:14 AM
....my apologies to the ZBQ crew but tough choices had to be made. I didn't want it to seem like an East Coast biased ( a team name earlier in the alphabet may have helped too)

Ya, maybe we should move the Z to the end. How about "Big GunZ" ? :becky:

boogiesnap
10-13-2012, 07:13 AM
truebud, big t'z, bbq gguru

Hawg Father of Seoul
10-13-2012, 09:58 AM
I may come by tonight and see who i can meet. Is there a place to get a map showing where the teams are setup?


Best of luck to everyone!!!

Everyone is really friendly. Hung out with a couple of teams last night. I was surprised by the number of teams with no banner. Obviously one does not need a banner to win, but still a little surprising.

boogiesnap
10-13-2012, 10:39 AM
Everyone is really friendly. Hung out with a couple of teams last night. I was surprised by the number of teams with no banner. Obviously one does not need a banner to win, but still a little surprising.

sponsorship conflict i'm sure.

all the teams of that caliber have banners.

Lakeside Smoker
10-13-2012, 10:49 AM
sponsorship conflict i'm sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure if my sponsor would have been too happy had I entered a Sam's Club competition. :grin:

Meat Man
10-13-2012, 01:39 PM
R & R Barbecue Top Five Finish! Go get'em boys.

RangerJ
10-13-2012, 01:54 PM
Iowa's Smokey D's
Big T's
Quau
Swamp Boys ( because that makes a great story, stuck in Chicago and all)
Triple A Cookers - its a Texas thing.

PatioDaddio
10-13-2012, 03:01 PM
Iowa Smokey D's
QUAU
R&R

John

BasicPatrick
10-13-2012, 04:34 PM
My Top 5

ZBQ
Big T's
Quau
Pork Barrell
Meat @ Slim's

cmohr74
10-13-2012, 04:37 PM
Teasing My Basic Patrick, I thought that was going to be some results ;)

Jorge
10-13-2012, 05:11 PM
Iowa dominates again.

RangerJ
10-13-2012, 05:19 PM
Twitter says Lucky's wins the biggest of big checks!

speedrcer1
10-13-2012, 05:27 PM
From KCBS:
The Kansas City Barbeque Society
Congratulations to our top ten overall champions of the Sam's Club Nat'l BBQ Tour: Lucky's Q, Grills Gone Wild Iowa, QUAU, Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ, Big T'z Cru, Trailhound Smokers BBQ, Pig Skin BBQ, TRUEBUD BBQ, Boondoggle BBQ and The Smoke Hunters

Big Ron
10-13-2012, 05:37 PM
Congrats to Big Ron's sponsored team Lucky's Q!

RangerJ
10-13-2012, 05:59 PM
Congrats to Big Ron's sponsored team Lucky's Q!

-- insert shameless self plug here----

Pickin' Porkers
10-13-2012, 07:41 PM
Well...it is done....crying and all. Let' see how the actual finish compared to the rankings of Nat. BBQ rankings: I'll do BBQRace.com next.


Nat. BBQ Rank / Team Name / Actual finish


52 Lucky's Q 1
53 Grills Gone Wild 2
1 Quau 3
42 Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ 4
16 Big T'z Q Cru 5
570 Trailhound Smokers BBQ 6
29 Pig Skin BBQ 7
7 TRUEBUD BBQ 8
307 Boondoggle BBQ 9
226 The Smoke Hunters 10
266 There's No Place Like Smoke 11
22 The Smoking Hills 12
22 two old men and a grill 13
2 Bub-Ba-Q 14
36 Que'n, Stew'n & Brew'n 15
155 Meat@Slim's 16
69 Fire Dancer BBQ 17
21 Swiggin' Pig 18
89 Wooley Bully "BBQ Mafia" 19
19 Buffalo's BBQ 20
180 BREW 'N' BAR-B-QUE 21
236 Spruce Ridge Smokers 22
75 Pork Barrel BBQ 23
498 Finn's Finest BBQ 24
109 Stubborn Bull BBQ 25
58 Who's Smokin' Now 26
237 R&R bbq 27
212 BREW-B-Q 28
187 sizzlin bones bbq 29
150 ZBQ 30
15 Swamp Boys 31
203 County Line Smokers 32
296 Smitty's Real Pit BBQ 33
572 ljsmokin' 34
62 Smokin' Triggers 35
26 CAVEMANCUISINE 36
258 Smokin' Butt Crew 37
25 warren co pork choppers 38
105 Pickin' Porkers 39
225 SIN CITY SMOKERS 40
360 2 Lil' Macs BBQ 41
98 Piggy D's BBQ 42
44 Lo -N-Slo' BBQ 43
325 Wilbur's Revenge 44
151 ITS 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE 45
210 Route 66 Catering Crew 46
245 Good Buddies BBQ 47
701 Triple A Cookers 48
108 Everglades Seasoning BBQ Team 49
71 BBQ Guru 50

Pickin' Porkers
10-13-2012, 09:35 PM
See any regional consistency of the top 10????

BBQRACE
RANKINGS/ Regional finish/ regional score/ Sam's finals finish/ Home State


36 1. Lucky's Q - 686.8574 1 AZ
49 2. Grills Gone Wild Iowa - 664.5710 2 IA
7 8. QUAU - 670.2858 3 IL
23 1. Iowa's Smokey D's BBQ - 685.1428 4 IA
3 4. Big T's Q Cru - 675.9998 5 IA
350 7. Trailhound Smokers BBQ - 649.7142 6 NV
2 6. Pig Skin BBQ - 674.2854 7 IA
8 2. Truebud BBQ - 685.7140 8 KS
202 4. Boondoggle BBQ - 679.9998 9 IA
297 9. The Smoke Hunters - 669.7138 10 IL
156 5. There's No Place Like Sm - 679.4288 11 MO
18 3. The Smoking Hills - 655.4286 12 KS
26 8. Two Old Men & a Grill - 651.9996 13 NC
12 1. Bub-Ba-Q - 697.1426 14 GA
31 6. Que'n, Stew'n, & Brew'n - 691.9998 15 GA
113 10. Meat @ Slim's - 649.1430 16 NY
34 7. Fire Dancer BBQ - 678.8572 17 AR
10 4. Swiggin' Pig - 695.4284 18 TN
458 7. Wooley Bully BBQ Maffia - 691.4284 19 FL
21 3. Buffalo's BBQ - 684.0002 20 OK
102 9. Brew 'N' Bar-B-Que - 674.8568 21 KS
476 10. Spruce Ridge Smokers - 665.7140 22 MI
60 6. Pork Barrel BBQ - 656.0000 23 DC
395 5. Finn's Finest BBQ - 656.5714 24 MD
80 3. Stubborn Bull BBQ - 664.5714 25 NY
56 1. Who's Smokin' Now - 666.2856 26 CA
389 6. R & R BBQ - 651.4284 27 UT
458 7. Brew-B-Q - 672.5712 28 TX
154 8. Sizzlin Bones BBQ - 675.9996 29 OK
136 1. ZBQ - 670.8572 30 RI
264 8. Swamp Boys - 691.4282 31 FL
93 10. County Line Smokers - 672.0002 32 MO
601 3. Smitty's Real Pit BBQ - 678.8570 33 OH
1259 10. L J Smokin' - 690.2852 34 FL
48 8. Smokin' Triggers - 648.5716 35 TX
27 6. Cavemancuisine - 679.4284 36 MO
369 9. Smokin' Butt Crew - 690.8568 37 AL
17 2. Warren Co. Pork Choppers - 697.1424 38 GA
89 9. Pickin' Porkers - 650.2854 39 NC
251 5. Sin City Smokers - 651.9998 40 NV
268 9. 2 Lil' Macs BBQ - 645.7140 41 CO
57 10. Piggy D's BBQ - 645.7140 42 WA
104 4. Lo'-N-Slo' BBQ - 661.7140 43 PA
394 7. Wilbur's Revenge - 652.0006 44 PA
134 5. It's 5 O'clock Somewhere - 674.8572 45 AR
174 4. Route 66 Catering Crew - 652.5712 46 AZ
460 5. Good Buddies BBQ - 693.1424 47 FL
538 2. Triple A Cookers - 685.1428 48 TX
715 3. Everglades Seasoning BBQ - 696.5710 49 FL
181 2. BBQ Guru - 666.2854 50 PA

Muzzlebrake
10-13-2012, 09:54 PM
Regional? I think 1/2 of those guys all drink in the same bar back home in Iowa :becky:

KC_Bobby
10-13-2012, 11:37 PM
Six Iowa teams and we brought up the rear - in 9th. :oops: :wink:

ModelMaker
10-14-2012, 08:02 AM
Six Iowa teams and we brought up the rear - in 9th. :oops: :wink:

Nothin wrong with being in the rear of a good thang!!
Ed

boogiesnap
10-14-2012, 08:19 AM
Nothin wrong with being in the rear of a good thang!!
Ed

:shock::tape:

Scottie
10-14-2012, 09:00 PM
I see some consistency as well.... Just saying... 8-)

carlyle
10-14-2012, 09:14 PM
Put the Royal Invitational + Open together with Sam's and the consistency of the upper midwest in general and Iowa in particular is apparent.

Add in team of the year standings and the conclusion is clear. Right now the center

of the BBQ universe is right here in the upper midwest.

Those of us who organize contests up here are very lucky ( as in Lucky's Q) to play host to these great teams.

Rookie'48
10-14-2012, 11:29 PM
And those of us who judge in the upper Midwest really get to sample the best of the best :-D. That's one reason that there are so many "BBQ Medium" judges here (3XL for me).

ModelMaker
10-15-2012, 07:57 AM
And those of us who judge in the upper Midwest really get to sample the best of the best :-D. That's one reason that there are so many "BBQ Medium" judges here (3XL for me).


So with me wearing a XL does that make me BBQ pettite?
Ed

pat
10-15-2012, 08:01 AM
Being from the center of the bbq universe, I get the joy of getting my a** kicked by the best of the best every week :drama: Congrats again to all!

Scottie
10-15-2012, 08:17 AM
Dont come to Illinois then. Just the same...

pat
10-15-2012, 08:27 AM
Of course not...that's where you reside :doh::icon_shy

Pickin' Porkers
10-15-2012, 06:34 PM
Put the Royal Invitational + Open together with Sam's and the consistency of the upper midwest in general and Iowa in particular is apparent.

Add in team of the year standings and the conclusion is clear. Right now the center

of the BBQ universe is right here in the upper midwest.

Those of us who organize contests up here are very lucky ( as in Lucky's Q) to play host to these great teams.


ONLY because the majority of the judges come from that region for each of the contests you listed.

boogiesnap
10-15-2012, 06:41 PM
ONLY because the majority of the judges come from that region for each of the contests you listed.

interesting slant.

so you're suggesting more judges travel from the upper midwest than the south east and west, AND that their numbers are so great as to influence national championships via predisposition of great BBQ over 100's of teams from mulitple regions?

jaestar
10-15-2012, 07:33 PM
Care to explain how Iowa teams came out of multiple regions to make it to the finals or how they do really well when they compete in other regions? Maybe they bring the judges with them?

Pickin' Porkers
10-15-2012, 07:49 PM
interesting slant.

so you're suggesting more judges travel from the upper midwest than the south east and west, AND that their numbers are so great as to influence national championships via predisposition of great BBQ over 100's of teams from mulitple regions?


I ABSOLUTELY believe that the large majority of the teams in the top 10 compete regularly in that area...and.."that area" is defined as the midwest whether it be the 'northern midwest or what have you'... had a distinct advantage. Obviously none of us know where the 50 judges came from but being the gambling person I am, I would bet good money very few came from the new england area, the southeast or southwest.....OR northeast. Note I am NOT saying NONE came from those regions, but I am confident the majority came from a 200 mile radius of Bentonville....hence the advantage to midwest teams.

As for our poor showing....we deserved the 39th place we got so... "the kid" here is not belly aching or calling it lousy judging. I am sure the judges did the best they could but they do have regional preferences. That is why our "sport" is damn near gambling....because we cannot control what judges like....there is nothing quantitative and there is little we can do but cook our best and hope for the right tables. We did not cook our best.

Anyone that would argue that the outcome of this contest would have been the same if the contest were held in Rhode Island, or South Carolina or Arizona or Washington State would have to be totally eaten up with ignorance. Judges are heavily influenced by their preference in flavor profiles and regional differences definitely come into play. If you don't believe me...take any team you wish and let them compete for two years in another region and see how they do compared to their home territory. Very, very, very few teams score well all over the country....in fact....I cannot think of one team i would put my money on if they competed nationwide regularly....and nationwide is not defined as IL, MO, IA, AR or OK. On the other hand, I am not trying to take away from the success of the teams this weekend..... but to believe that all teams had the same level playing field in terms of judging preference is again...well...like a Carolina Panthers...they will be hyped up about "THEIR" team than looking at stats.

They were searching for judges.....and all Master judges were eligible for participating in this event. An extremely few will make the LONG ASS drive or pay airfare to go judge this cook-off and I do not blame them. SO, this event was loaded with judges from a close radius.

Twist this or turn it anyway you wish if for any reason other than being argumentative....again...bring that contest to another region of the country and let's see how the results differ. The same applies to the Royal and other "National Championships".

boogiesnap
10-15-2012, 08:35 PM
I ABSOLUTELY believe that the large majority of the teams in the top 10 compete regularly in that area...and.."that area" is defined as the midwest whether it be the 'northern midwest or what have you'... had a distinct advantage. Obviously none of us know where the 50 judges came from but being the gambling person I am, I would bet good money very few came from the new england area, the southeast or southwest.....OR northeast. Note I am NOT saying NONE came from those regions, but I am confident the majority came from a 200 mile radius of Bentonville....hence the advantage to midwest teams.

As for our poor showing....we deserved the 39th place we got so... "the kid" here is not belly aching or calling it lousy judging. I am sure the judges did the best they could but they do have regional preferences. That is why our "sport" is damn near gambling....because we cannot control what judges like....there is nothing quantitative and there is little we can do but cook our best and hope for the right tables. We did not cook our best.

Anyone that would argue that the outcome of this contest would have been the same if the contest were held in Rhode Island, or South Carolina or Arizona or Washington State would have to be totally eaten up with ignorance. Judges are heavily influenced by their preference in flavor profiles and regional differences definitely come into play. If you don't believe me...take any team you wish and let them compete for two years in another region and see how they do compared to their home territory. Very, very, very few teams score well all over the country....in fact....I cannot think of one team i would put my money on if they competed nationwide regularly....and nationwide is not defined as IL, MO, IA, AR or OK. On the other hand, I am not trying to take away from the success of the teams this weekend but to believe that all teams had the same level playing field in terms of judging preference is again...well...like a Carolina Panthers...they will be hyped up about "THEIR" team than looking at stats.

They were searching for judges.....and all Master judges were eligible for participating in this event. An extremely few will make the LONG ASS drive or pay airfare to go judge this cook-off and I do not blame them. SO, this event was loaded with judges from a close radius.

Twist this or turn it anyway you wish if for any reason other than being argumentative....again...bring that contest to another region of the country and let's see how the results differ. The same applies to the Royal and other "National Championships".

oooh kay.

so alot of new england judges must travel to tennessee then...

i simply think there are some damn good cooks in iowa. not argumentative at all.

Pickin' Porkers
10-15-2012, 08:38 PM
oooh kay.

i simply think there are some damn good cooks in iowa. not argumentative at all.

I agree.....not one suggestion was made that there were not any.

boogiesnap
10-15-2012, 08:46 PM
no there wasn't. but certainly implied there was an unfair advantage to them as well as a disrespect to them as such. moreover a complete gloss over of the great teams that CAN compete across the country and win and win big.

there's a talent and skill, some have it across the board some not.

Pickin' Porkers
10-15-2012, 10:32 PM
no there wasn't. but certainly implied there was an unfair advantage to them as well as a disrespect to them as such. moreover a complete gloss over of the great teams that CAN compete across the country and win and win big.


No...it was not implied but stated very clearly.....there is an advantage in many situations.

Enough said from here.....it is like pounding one's chest and declaring the best of all times. It will always be subjective.

daveinwestmont
10-15-2012, 10:42 PM
A midwest boy here, and I've cooked against these teams, and have drank with a few of them also. All great cooks in their own right and deserve their spot in the light. Some, two in particular, travel all around the country and cook. They are consistent and score well. I understand the point about this hobby as being a crap shoot at the judging table but we can't discredit consistent winners. For the most part if you are consistently in or close to the top ten, (not me :doh: yet), then you are a good cooking team. I had a chance to meet a judge from California at a rib contest this summer and we spoke about this subject. i asked about regionality and his comment was; all judges first looked for correctly cooked meat, (tenderness) that tastes like the product it is suppose to be. Pork tastes like pork and Brisket like brisket, and then worry about the flavor profile, hopefully you get the point.

Great job midwest teams!!! Way to represent!!!

CBQ
10-15-2012, 11:43 PM
Anyone that would argue that the outcome of this contest would have been the same if the contest were held in Rhode Island...

Our chicken did better in Bentonville :becky:

Actually, our 681 would have been a GC in every contest we cooked in this year, except for Fryeburg, ME. These were the top 50 out of the around 750 teams that entered the Sam's Club series. It was a damn difficult field to compete against, but we had a great time and will try it again next year.

Pickin' Porkers
10-16-2012, 07:03 AM
Our chicken did better in Bentonville :becky:


You guys did great! Especially with the Sizzling cook-off so congrats!

We had a great time as well and enjoyed cooking with such a good field of competitors. As for our chicken, of all times in the past TWO years....we did not have bite through skin and why it had to be THIS contest is beyond me. Still scratching our heads over that one. Perhaps the Smart Chicken has run its course......

As for ribs....they were a joke and the only 2 surprises there was they were not DAL and that Trigg was next to last....