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ohgod123
12-02-2013, 10:43 AM
Hey guys,
Just wondering if there's a list posted anywhere of the biggest competitions of the year if you have any recommendations for 'must-attend' competitions. Would love to attend!

big brother smoke
12-02-2013, 10:58 AM
You have one of them happening next weekend close enough to you. http://www.kingofthesmoker.com/

Fat Freddy
12-02-2013, 11:07 AM
Just wondering what you mean by the biggest? Do you mean by number of teams, public attendance, quality of teams, how famous the contest is, sanctioning body etc?

Hard to argue with the Royal,Jack, King of Smokers, Sams finals, Memphis in May and many many others depending on what criteria but I think the ones i just named would be a purty good start.

Hawg Father of Seoul
12-02-2013, 11:43 AM
Houston livestock rodeo should hit any list.

hedge
12-02-2013, 12:07 PM
You could be a part of the biggest contest that the IIBS offers.

http://www.quetopiabbq.com/FireOnIce.php

bbq.tom
12-02-2013, 02:09 PM
I couldn't find a "list", so why not create one for 2013!

Based on number of teams competing (100 or more):

535 = KCBS - American Royal Open, KC, MO
>300 = Houston Livestock Rodeo, Houston, TX
211 = MIM - Memphis In May (includes teams entered in the 3 main meat categories)
183 = KCBS - Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, Lenexa, KS
174 = KCBS - American Royal Invitational, KC, MO
114 = KCBS - Shawnee Great Grillers State Champ., Shawnee, KS
106 = KCBS - Pork in the Park BBQ Fest., Salisbury, MD
>100 = MBN - Big Pig Jig, Vienna, GA
100 = KCBS - Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel, Tupelo, MS

(The Jack had 97 teams)

Of course, this is just a list based on number of cook teams and NOT spectators or prize money or any other criteria.

CBQ
12-02-2013, 02:35 PM
Just wondering what you mean by the biggest? Do you mean by number of teams, public attendance, quality of teams, how famous the contest is, sanctioning body etc?

Hard to argue with the Royal,Jack, King of Smokers, Sams finals, Memphis in May and many many others depending on what criteria but I think the ones i just named would be a purty good start.

Most of these are invitationals.

American Royal is by far the largest, based on number of teams. There are two contests held on the same week. The American Royal Open anyone can enter. The American Royal Invitational you can enter if you are a grand champion from a qualified event.

The Jack may be the most prestigious, you have to be a grand champion to get invited, and be drawn as a state winner. Winning a major event like Memphis in May, Houston Livestock, or American Royal will also get you in.

King of Smoke is invite only, based on whatever criteria Big Poppa deems required.

Sam's finals is a bracket type event. You have to win the top 6 in a local event, then the top 10 in a regional event to compete here.

Memphis in May and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo are large open contests.

Big Poppa
12-02-2013, 10:25 PM
actually we discussed the criteria when you asked to cook in it. ITs a pretty clear list...fba ibca mbm kcbs legends pnwba... past jack winners, sams winners, open winners invitational winners...its just 24 teams. Really hard to pick 24 trust me.

CBQ
12-03-2013, 12:31 AM
actually we discussed the criteria when you asked to cook in it.

Well, I never asked, one of my teammates did. He didn't share much with me about that discussion, so my answer was based on what I know. Not much, but that hasn't stopped me from posting yet. :becky:

Big Poppa
12-03-2013, 07:47 AM
Its fine I got an private message requesting an invitation and in person one at Laughlin....ITs really hard to make everyone happy...but I am very happy with the field and the progress of king of the smoker going into the second year.

TooSaucedToPork
12-03-2013, 08:09 AM
211 = MIM - Memphis In May (includes teams entered in the 3 main meat categories)


Mim had 266 teams last year

123 rib
63 shoulder
39 whole hog
41 patio

Biggest contests are different to each person...but the undeniable big 4 are The American Royal, The Jack, Memphis in May, and The Houston Rodeo.

Mim has over $110,000 in prize money and draws well over 100,000 bbq fans.

If you want to make a pilgrimage to MIM let us know, we let Brethren join the
team.

Meat Man
12-03-2013, 08:49 AM
Got to agree with Big Brother Smoke, if you want to see a comp, go to the KOS. It's not what you would ever experience at any other competition, and well worth the price of admission. You would have to travel a long way to see the top BBQ teams in the nation gathered in one place. The way it's set up you'll have a front row seat to some incredibly talented cooks, and the atmosphere the BP creates for the teams really encourages interaction with the public. The breakout sessions that they present are fantastic.

bruno994
12-03-2013, 09:49 AM
San Antonio Rodeo BBQ Cook Off sanctioned by TGCBCA had 233 teams this past September.

bbq.tom
12-03-2013, 10:42 AM
San Antonio Rodeo BBQ Cook Off sanctioned by TGCBCA had 233 teams this past September.

And they had 302 teams last January!

bbq.tom
12-03-2013, 10:49 AM
Mim had 266 teams last year

123 rib
63 shoulder
39 whole hog
41 patio



Actually, according to MIM:

121 rib
56 shoulder
34 whole hog
for a subtotal of the three main meats of 211 as indicated in my previous post.
add 38 patio = 249
according to MIM.

jimbloomfield
12-03-2013, 10:50 AM
Make the day trip from the Westside to La Quinta and see King of the Smoker. I travel from Santa Clarita to go. The list of teams that are going to be there is something else. The 3 hours of the teams giving talks and tips after turn ins is worth the trip and they start 10 minutes after the area is open to the public. Have some BBQ dinner from Operation BBQ Relief then, Big Poppa has musical entertainment, that then leads into the awards. There is something to do the entire 5 hours of the event. Trust me there is nothing like it anywhere close to us. The cost of the ticket ALL goes to the Casey Lee Foundation for pediatric Kidney Disease and all food vendor profit benefits Operation BBQ Relief. I will add that you pass the Cabazon shopping outlets on the drive there. I am not sure if that serves as a warning or benefit.

TooSaucedToPork
12-03-2013, 11:00 AM
Actually, according to MIM:

121 rib
56 shoulder
34 whole hog
for a subtotal of the three main meats of 211 as indicated in my previous post.
add 38 patio = 249
according to MIM.

Wacky...

The map and team list brochure from last years contest has the numbers I listed...oh well

bbq.tom
12-03-2013, 12:11 PM
Wacky...

The map and team list brochure from last years contest has the numbers I listed...oh well

Could be that some teams signed up and were there, but didn't turn in their entry. Wouldn't be the first time teams dropped out the day of competition. But that is a large number dropping out. Hmmmm...

JD McGee
12-04-2013, 10:34 AM
The biggest are not necessarily the best for visiting...check out King Of The Smoker...it is all about the public! See ya there!

ParkAvenue_2
12-05-2013, 12:53 AM
I couldn't find a "list", so why not create one for 2013!

Based on number of teams competing (100 or more):

535 = KCBS - American Royal Open, KC, MO
>300 = Houston Livestock Rodeo, Houston, TX
211 = MIM - Memphis In May (includes teams entered in the 3 main meat categories)
183 = KCBS - Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, Lenexa, KS
174 = KCBS - American Royal Invitational, KC, MO
114 = KCBS - Shawnee Great Grillers State Champ., Shawnee, KS
106 = KCBS - Pork in the Park BBQ Fest., Salisbury, MD
>100 = MBN - Big Pig Jig, Vienna, GA
100 = KCBS - Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel, Tupelo, MS

(The Jack had 97 teams)

Of course, this is just a list based on number of cook teams and NOT spectators or prize money or any other criteria.

The National Championship BBQ Cookoff (http://bbq.htcomp.net/) in Meridian, TX had 184 teams in 2013, which would place it 4th on the list above. It is an Invitational event.

bbq.tom
12-05-2013, 12:24 PM
The National Championship BBQ Cookoff (http://bbq.htcomp.net/) in Meridian, TX had 184 teams in 2013, which would place it 4th on the list above. It is an Invitational event.

Thank you!

Looks like the "revised" list - ONLY listed by number of cook teams competing (has NOTHING to do with quality or attendance or $$$ or ANYTHING else!!!) looks like this:

535 = KCBS - American Royal Open, Kansas City, MO
302 = TGCBCA - San Antonio Rodeo BBQ Cook-off (January)
>300 = Houston Livestock Rodeo, Houston, TX
233 = TGCBCA - San Antonio Rodeo BBQ Cook-off (September)
211 = MIM - Memphis In May (includes teams entered in the 3 main meat categories)
184 = LSBS - National Championship BBQ Cook-off
183 = KCBS - Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, Lenexa, KS
174 = KCBS - American Royal Invitational, KC, MO
114 = KCBS - Shawnee Great Grillers State Champ., Shawnee, KS
106 = KCBS - Pork in the Park BBQ Fest., Salisbury, MD
>100 = MBN - Big Pig Jig, Vienna, GA
100 = KCBS - Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel, Tupelo, MS


If anyone knows of any other "big" contests (with more than 100 cook teams competing), please let me know and I'll update the list to include them as well.

Again, this is strictly "big" by cook team competing numbers, not any other criteria.