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SkinEz
01-21-2014, 12:44 PM
OK I have never competed in one of these contests. However, I am thinking about entering one. I would definitley be in region 5 being from WV. Anybody have any pros, cons they want to share. Good contest, overrated, not worth it, great experienc... Thanks:-?:-?

ShencoSmoke
01-21-2014, 01:01 PM
I'm assuming you have read the 2 active threads about Sam's so I will skip the Walmart vs. Main Street USA part of the equation. Bottom line is that the locals are 30 teams for 10K, that is good money for a 30 team comp and if you advance it only gets better. As folks have said in the other threads, the Sam's contests are focused on the competition and not all the other "stuff" that can be distracting in almost every other event across the country (drunk people begging for ribs, loud bands, peoples choice, etc). Last year was our first year and we enjoyed the experience and will do it again this year. To us it is a good paying competition that is well organized and within our travel distance. Hope to see you somewhere in region 5.

cpw
01-21-2014, 01:22 PM
We competed for the first time last year, and plan on doing it again this year. As far as contests go, it's well run but bare bones. No frills (including bring your own water unless you want to hike to the spigot on the store), but it's also the only contest we did where ALL that we did was compete, which is kind of nice in it's own way.

Podge
01-21-2014, 01:37 PM
Some people do not like sam’s, not “cooker friendly”.. got to get your own water, etc.. etc.. The contest is held in a parking lot, of a business, and taking up spaces used for paying customers. It is bare bones, not great electric, get in and then get out!. I bring my own water, and if power is not great, I got a generator. It’s nice not to have a band blaring, and paying damn good money is cooker friendly enough. The main reason for me to get into sam’s was to prove to myself I could do well in the nationals. By the time you get to the regoinals and the nationals, you’ll find it’s very nice to be in a crowd of competitors that are all serious, and all want to win. I get into sam’s because there’s 749 other teams that go, and i got to prove consistency. I love it. There are those more cooker friendly contests, which are nice, I like them the much as the next guy. But sometimes you want to try to put yourself up against a big group of bada$$es and see how well you can hang.

Scottie
01-21-2014, 04:08 PM
You have already proven yourself before Sam's came along Podge

"Bone to Bark" BBQ
01-21-2014, 04:31 PM
Last year was our first Sams contest, also in region 5, and we are going again. Troy makes things run seamlessly, and ON TIME. I can do with having to walk 100' to get some water for a chance at 10g. Try one, you'll like it!

SITM BBQ
01-21-2014, 05:40 PM
The two biggest cons for us was lack of water and cooking on asphalt. My back hurt for weeks after standing on the pavement all weekend. But, we are doing sams again for many of the reasons above. Good payout, well run by Troy, no drunk party crowd stumbling by etc. plus who does not love a bracket style competition.

Podge
01-21-2014, 06:38 PM
You have already proven yourself before Sam's came along Podge

but that was a loooooooong time ago! :grin:.. I still want to be in the game.

Rub
01-21-2014, 08:22 PM
I love the Sam's Series. Great tournament style, pure competition, minimal frills. Been blessed to get to the finals in Bentonville twice. This year the regionals have been moved farther away from me. Last 2 years was 10 hours each way, this year 12 hours each way. Four extra hours of driving in a long weekend already may be too much. Tough decision to make.

Podge
01-22-2014, 07:26 AM
I love the Sam's Series. Great tournament style, pure competition, minimal frills. Been blessed to get to the finals in Bentonville twice. This year the regionals have been moved farther away from me. Last 2 years was 10 hours each way, this year 12 hours each way. Four extra hours of driving in a long weekend already may be too much. Tough decision to make.

I hope you decide to get in Rub!

mobow
01-22-2014, 10:22 AM
Good luck to everyone in the sign up process. Keith

columbia1
01-22-2014, 10:34 AM
Water in not too bad if you grab a shopping cart to put your 5 gallon buckets in. We will definitely be back this year, Troy and Mike run an outstanding Comp!!

Podge
01-22-2014, 10:42 AM
Water in not too bad if you grab a shopping cart to put your 5 gallon buckets in. We will definitely be back this year, Troy and Mike run an outstanding Comp!!

Walmart sells those blue water dispensing jugs in the camping section, holds about 3-5 gallons. Can't remember. works easier than a bucket.

Pig Headed
01-22-2014, 11:04 AM
We've done Laurel, MD the last two years. I like how Troy and his crew runs the event and have no problem walking a bit with a shopping cart to get water. That said, we will be skipping Laurel this year only because it conflicts with our favorite competition in New Holland, PA. I guess we could try for Harrisburg, but we're going to sit this year out. Good luck to all who cook the series.

Full Draw BBQ
01-22-2014, 12:20 PM
Walmart sells those blue water dispensing jugs in the camping section, holds about 3-5 gallons. Can't remember. works easier than a bucket.


We did buckets for several years, until we found that big blue jug that Podge talked about. Cheap and convenient.

Smitty250
01-22-2014, 01:16 PM
I've never had any problems at the Sam's events. Hopefully I will get in again this year for the 4th year!

BBQ_MAFIA
01-22-2014, 01:59 PM
I liked the Sam's contests. This year we will not be going as other contests are a bit closer.

SkinEz
01-22-2014, 02:38 PM
How difficult is it to get in? Should I be ready to sign on at 2000 (8 pm) tonight?

Full Draw BBQ
01-22-2014, 02:42 PM
How difficult is it to get in? Should I be ready to sign on at 2000 (8 pm) tonight?

It completely depends on the contest. Some will sell out tonight, and fairly quickly. Others won't sell out at all. I will be ready to enter my info at 7:00 CST tonight.

ShencoSmoke
01-22-2014, 02:59 PM
If for some reason you don't get in make sure you sign up for the waiting list. Many teams either back out or move comps so spots usually open up.

Full Draw BBQ
01-22-2014, 03:22 PM
If for some reason you don't get in make sure you sign up for the waiting list. Many teams either back out or move comps so spots usually open up.


^^^^Yeah that. We were on the waiting list last year and got in.

SkinEz
01-22-2014, 08:18 PM
Well im in for Asheville NC good luck to everyone.

Slamdunkpro
01-22-2014, 09:28 PM
We've done Laurel, MD the last two years. I like how Troy and his crew runs the event and have no problem walking a bit with a shopping cart to get water. That said, we will be skipping Laurel this year only because it conflicts with our favorite competition in New Holland, PA. I guess we could try for Harrisburg, but we're going to sit this year out. Good luck to all who cook the series.
You can come to Harrisburg and do our chicken!

Wiley
01-23-2014, 07:16 PM
Does anyone know if the Sam's Contest is going to be in Santa Fe, New Mexico? It was two years ago then it went to Alburquerque. Never beena and would like to know where it is going to be.

Thanks,

ckelly
01-23-2014, 11:02 PM
Water in not too bad if you grab a shopping cart to put your 5 gallon buckets in. We will definitely be back this year, Troy and Mike run an outstanding Comp!!

Like this?

http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab117/Fahrenheit250/SCRENTON2013WATER_zps3083e834.jpg

ckelly
01-23-2014, 11:04 PM
Does anyone know if the Sam's Contest is going to be in Santa Fe, New Mexico? It was two years ago then it went to Alburquerque. Never beena and would like to know where it is going to be.

Thanks,

Region 4 is as follows:

Sacramento, CA
Thornton, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Renton, WA
Tucson, AZ

Looks like the moved the NM contest into Sacramento this year.