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Plowboy
10-16-2007, 03:26 PM
So for many of us, contest season is winding down if not completely over. For others like the FLFO's, its just starting. What contests did you enjoy this year enough to keep? Which one's will you drop off your future list?

Here's mine.


Polar Swine - I'll go if only just to party.
North Kansas City - I think we'll pass unless Scott D has another free entry for us.
Marshall, MO - I wish someone would pick this contest back up again.
Sugar Creek, MO - Loved it. Got my entry in for 2008 already.
Platte City, MO - Will be back.
Nationwide RV - This non-sanctioned contest is just not cooker friendly enough. Although, they are great people. They know RV's not competition BBQ.
GAB - Invitational! We'll be there. Actually, we'd do just the open again. It was fun.
BarBQlossal, Des Moines, IA - We'll be there every year they have it.
Alma, MO - I think this was our last year for Alma. Just too small.
Warrensburg, MO - We'll be there every year! Gotta represent our sponsor: Alewel's Country Meats.
Burlington, KS - Nice contest. Long drive. Would go back, but only if it fits our schedule.
Boone County Fair - Columbia, MO - Fun contest. Would most likely go back next year.
Laurie, MO - I think we'll go back to Laurie. Enjoyed our first time there.
Blue Springs, MO - Hometown. Nuff said.
Kearney, MO - GC's gotta defend.
Pleasant Valley, MO - We'll be there.
Hermann, MO - The people were great. I didn't care much for the contest at all. Won't go back.
Royal - Invitational! We'll be there.

jbrink01
10-16-2007, 03:48 PM
1) Springfield MO, Rock n' Ribs. Love it, won something every year there. Getting expensive. Undecided.
2) Malden MO, Great people. probable.
3) Laurie MO, No dice. Hated it.
4) Pacific MO, Great people, but god it's hot. With an RV we'll go.
5) Hermann MO, Lots of fun. Really dissapointed results wise both years. Who knows.

Need to find a couple more, as we are going to be a bit more selective regarding caterings we take. This year we sorta whored ourselves out to all takers in order to repay ourselves for the new pit and trailer. There is a business plan revision in the works.

jbrink01
10-16-2007, 03:49 PM
Todd,
What about Hermann turned you off? Other than the big fat guy you cookd with?

Scottie
10-16-2007, 03:49 PM
My keepers were:

1). Shannon-Nothing compares.
2). Lake Placid, NY-Cooking in the Olympic Oval.
3). Westmont, IL-Can't beat a home contest.
4). Harpoon, VT-Awesome beer, crowds, very scenic.
5). Qlossal-Pork and more Pork.
6). Dubuque, IA-Might have been the best contest we went to this year.
7). Menomonee Falls, WI-Had a good time
8). American Royal-Great seeing folks from allover converging.
9). Houston Rodeo & BBQ-Fun fun fun....
10). Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational-No need to say more... Just a perfect contest.

Hope I didn't forget any. There were a few more, but wanted to limit it to only 10 contests...

butts a fire
10-16-2007, 04:02 PM
Only did 4 this year but here goes

Oklahoma Joes @ KS Speedway- I enjoy it but don't know it they are doing it next year. I will do it if they have it again.

Cameron, Mo - Good location on the square will do it next year.

Laurie, Mo - Have done it the last 2 years but it is a little far since we sold our lake house.

Butler, Mo - have walked the last 2 years so we will be back organized better this year than last.

pigmaker23
10-16-2007, 04:02 PM
as long as your making the Northeast Tour again, don't forget Highland Rib Fest in New Paltz NY week after Harpoon !!! Hop all is well with you and the girls... Eric


1). Shannon-Nothing compares.
2). Lake Placid, NY-Cooking in the Olympic Oval.
3). Westmont, IL-Can't beat a home contest.
4). Harpoon, VT-Awesome beer, crowds, very scenic.
5). Qlossal-Pork and more Pork.
6). Dubuque, IA-Might have been the best contest we went to this year.
7). Menomonee Falls, WI-Had a good time
8). American Royal-Great seeing folks from allover converging.
9). Houston Rodeo & BBQ-Fun fun fun....
10). Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational-No need to say more... Just a perfect contest.

Hope I didn't forget any. There were a few more, but wanted to limit it to only 10 contests...[/quote]

nthole
10-16-2007, 04:06 PM
Well this was our first year and we only did 2.

1) Pacific, MO
2) Hermann, MO

We had fun at both. Pacific was definitely hot as heck, but it's so close to home we'll probably go again. We had a great time at Hermann and the weather was perfect. I'm sure we'll be back there.

We're looking to add two or three for next season. We're thinking of the Rock n Ribs in Springfield in April or the Capital City Cookoff in April in Jeff City to open '08.

This thread is a great idea as it will really help us decide which ones to pick.

Plowboy
10-16-2007, 04:16 PM
Todd,
What about Hermann turned you off? Other than the big fat guy you cookd with?

3 hour drive to cook against 50 teams and get a yellow, 1/2 sheet of paper and no cash for getting a top 10 call. Awards were a train wreck. The RV hookups were nice, but it was really spread out. Didn't see half the teams until awards.

If it was a local contest, then I'd probably feel differently.

Sir Smoke A Lot
10-16-2007, 04:48 PM
I did 3 this year.

Fire on Ice - a non KCBS event held ON Frozen Lake Mille Lacs - that was too much fun. Awesome trophies (wish I got one), unique setting, and the fact that you can say you participated in a barbecue contest on a frozen lake in February

Minnesota in May - the biggest one I have done (as far as the number of teams competing). Was organized well - will be back

Watertown Lions, Rails and Trails Festival in Watertown, MN - will be back - great job again.

jbrink01
10-16-2007, 04:56 PM
3 hour drive to cook against 50 teams and get a yellow, 1/2 sheet of paper and no cash for getting a top 10 call. Awards were a train wreck. The RV hookups were nice, but it was really spread out. Didn't see half the teams until awards.


I wasn't there for awards, but you are right, the 1/2 sheet of paper and no money is a slap in the face.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
10-16-2007, 05:46 PM
Battle at the Farm, Yardley Pa (my 1st ever comp)
Berks BBQ Bash (fantastic location, lots of tree and you could even fish)
Maryland BBQ Bash , BelAir MD. (the big names came out to play)
NewHolland Summer Fest( ran well great people, lots of Bretheren.
Best group of people I have ever met!!!!!!

FatBoyz
10-16-2007, 05:58 PM
iron mountain- was really fun great bands and ok money

elk grove village Ill -had no fun will not go back again

sparta wi- good time really fun bands where ok but the belly dancers where OUTSTANDING

princeton wi-had a great time with the other teams the dj sucked and good money

menononee Falls wi- Way to much fun had a blast but it was a pricey contest.
all in all we had a great year made great friends and learned alot. And Scotty thanks again for the use of your cordless drill you saved my azz.

Jeff_in_KC
10-16-2007, 06:06 PM
1. Jefferson City, MO - Nice event with all the big names. But the weather was a turn-off. won't do just because I'm organizing P Hill the week before.
2. Warsaw, MO - I don't like the low payouts but I like Truman Lake area. Will probably start here.
3. Platte City - Hell yeah! GREAT contest! Will be there!
4. GAB - I will likely be there. Not sold on huge contests but this one is fun.
5. Sedalia, MO - I enjoy the spread out, large sites. We don't do well but we'll go.
6. Cameron, MO - Like it but I'll probably pass next year as we;re cutting back to six or seven events.
7. Peculiar, MO - Hell NO! Poorly run event and 40 teams are crammed into a small area!
8. Dillon, CO - Just too far. And vendng at contests sucks. Enjoyed the venue though.
9. Blue Springs, MO - Gotta make up that 0.5718 of a point in 2008!!!!!!!!
10. Atchison, KS - Nice event but too far for me to want to go. I only did it to try to stay on a roll after Blue springs. Backfired!
11. Garden City, MO - Probably not. Just because of the cut back. Plus he's moving it to October.
12. De Soto, KS - most likely will do it.

Looks like:
Warsaw
Platte City
GAB
Sedalia
Blue Springs
DeSoto

Might toss one in during August if funds are there.

By the way, I know this is about ones you did this year, but keep Pleasant Hill on your 2008 radar!!!

clubjoe
10-16-2007, 06:24 PM
GAB - had a great time there. Will be back for the invitational and open.

Warrensburg, MO - nice contest just always farking HOT!!! Will probably be there.

Harrisonville, MO - had a great time even if it wasn't a State Champ. I want to improve to GC from RGC and get my .0002 improvement.

Blue Springs, MO - good contest but won't go back

Garden City, MO - we took Grand, needless to say have to defend.

We are looking at doing 7-8 comps next year.

Pleasant Hill, MO
Platte City, MO
GAB - invitational
Sedalia, MO
Warransburg, MO
Harrisonville, MO
Garden City, MO
Am. Royal - invitational

Plowboy
10-16-2007, 06:25 PM
By the way, I know this is about ones you did this year, but keep Pleasant Hill on your 2008 radar!!!

Thread hijacker! What a pimp. :wink:

MilitantSquatter
10-16-2007, 07:34 PM
I had 6 contests scheduled this year (Dover is this weekend to cap it off). All were fun, well run contests and I plan to do them all again next year.

Pork in the Park - Salisbury, MD (April)
BBQ on the Farm - Yardley, PA (May)
Harpoon - Windsor, VT (July)
Hudson Valley Ribfest - New Paltz, NY (Aug)
New Holland Summerfest - Hew Holland, PA (Aug)
Diamond State BBQ - Dover, DE (Oct)

My brother in law was only able to cook one contest with me this year due to a new baby arrival. But the good news is, I've got some great friends here who really helped out and filled in and made them memorable experiences. SIDE & Sled were with me @ Salisbury, Phil and Jorge & Phil's son James were with me @ Harpoon and Sled and his son Steven were with me at New Holland.

Next year , I'd consider 1-2 more if schedule and finances allow or just hook up with the locals to get a group thing going for a contest with no pressure and spreading out the responsibilities.

Sledneck
10-16-2007, 07:50 PM
Salisbury (with purple turtles) Brrrrrrrrrrrrr (13th in the special chicken category)
Bluesaque-Good contest will repeat (13th chicken)
Williepalooza -Best contest 2007
New Holland-(with Vinny) dropped the chicken

Tinybud
10-16-2007, 07:54 PM
We've only done 2 thus far,, with Dover coming up, so I'd say

Smoke on the Alleghany (franklin,pa), not sure if I'll repeat that one, was very confusing, but in their credit it was the first one for them,

New Holland summerfest, definately will be there next year, couldn't ask for a nicer group of people and the park was pretty nice setup as well.

Dover, I love nascar, that's enough alone for me to return each year, but the staff there will do whatever it takes to make sure everyone has whatever they need.

we did judge at the Berk's bbq bash, would like to compete at that one next year if they have it. Would also love to do Yardley, bbq on the farm if it doesn't interfer with the Relay for life event here at home.

KC_Bobby
10-16-2007, 08:30 PM
1st year for us, 5 comps
OK Joes @ Kansas Speedway - big names, nicely run, in parking lot during May is good - probably pass and do the GAB instead
Raytown - great price, 65 teams, probably go again
Ducks Unlimited, Ankeny IA - nothing like being on blacktop in July! If it's my choice, we'll do Warrensburg but being as Ankeny is my brother's hometown - I'm guessing we'll be back there again
BrewBQ, Independence IA - nice location, team potluck on Friday, brew tasting after judging - depends on how the schedule works out
American Royal - draining, but we'll be back

2008 thoughts:
April - Big Creek
May - Platte City or GAB
June - Raytown or State Center IA or Marshalltown IA
July - Ankeny or Warrensburg (or maybe both if they're not the same weekend)
August - Lynch BBQ, Waucoma IA - grandma lives there,maybe Chillicothe
September - BrewBQ or Blue Springs
October - Royal

Neal
10-16-2007, 11:59 PM
1. North Kansas City - I don't like it...unorganized, too big, not enough money to justify the trouble. But 4 months on no contests will get the best of me and I'm sure we'll be there.
2. Lawrence Sertoma - It was OK...undecided
3. GAB Invitational/Open - Had a lot of fun...only did it because we made the Invitational, but we did well in the Open so we may be back
4. Lenexa - came expecting the worst, but actually had fun and finished well. We'll probably be back since we won't have to wait in the line to register
5. Peculiar, MO - Probably not...40 teams in an area that should hold 20...and awards only up to 5th.
6. Excelsior Springs - The in-laws pay this entry fee for us and we usually have fun. I like the setting of the contest in the downtown area too.
7. Fairbury, NE - Good little contest in a nice setting run by good people.
8. Mission, KS - Our home town and a really good contest site too.
9. American Royal Invitational/Open - If we don't make the invitational, we'll have to really think about this one.

We are thinking about the Pleasant Hill contest for April of next year as well.

Jeff Hughes
10-17-2007, 12:22 AM
Stillwater, Ok
Bentonville, Ar
Salisaw, Ok
Bixby, OK
Claremore, OK (This is the one--full RV hookups for each team, Cherokee Casino, great promoters, at least 15k in prize money)
Art of BBQ(my home town comp)
Pine Bluff, Ar
Ponca City, Ok
Jenks, Ok(another home town cook)

I'll hit at least 12 next year, but these are for sure...

paydabill
10-17-2007, 01:01 PM
Did 6 last year -

Marshall - Too bad they decided to cut it out. Talking to the guys last year and kind of knew it was the last year. Too bad.
Tiger Shrine - Fun little event - kind of crammed in there, but not complaining, Jamie does it right!
Sedalia - I am always wishy washy on this one. Did not like hearing all the complaints about the People's choice (I ended up doing it to help out). If he pushes the awards up to 5:30 again then I will pass.
Glascow - loved it, except i was out in BFE.
Chillicothe - fun event - they take care of you. Judging was less to be desired.
Invintational - Way out in BFE - screwed up my times (thank god for Todd -Plowboy) I propably will only do it again if get in the invite.


Next year - with a new team meber IRADIATE - Probably going to do.

Jeff City
GAB - invite only - might do the open
Tiger Shrine
Sedalia (maybe)
Boone County Fair
Glascow
Chillicothe

and maybe Shannon

Sir Smoke A Lot
10-17-2007, 01:12 PM
This is a great thread! It definitely helps get others perspective when considering a new contest to attend!

Pig Headed
10-17-2007, 01:44 PM
Our first year, 4 comps, will go back to all 4 plus would like to add 2 more:

Salisbury, MD - Our first and will definitly be back. Great organizers. 1st walk
Stevensville, MD - Did not do well, but enjoyed it.
Bridgeton,NJ - Nice venue and organizers, 1 walk & 1 call
Dove,DE - Our Home town event. Cooked there with Hoff Daddy's last year. Great venue.

I would like to get into New Holland,PA & possibly the Phillies Greg Maddux Cookoff next year.

AlabamaGrillBillies
10-17-2007, 01:53 PM
Birmingham Alabama -Stokin' The Fire Good comp with good payouts
Demopolis Alabama- Christmas on the river I think is the name of the comp, Begining of Dec/ end of november.
There were a few I didn't get to go to that I wanted to.

smknwhlswife
10-17-2007, 02:11 PM
Feb Polar Swine Invt. - Organizer
April Pleasant Hill - Yes
4/13/2007 Smoke in the Spring Osage City, KS - Yes
4/20/2007 WildCat BBQ Battle Manhattan, KS - Yes w/ Hodedos
5/11/2007 Basswood BBQ Cookoff Platte City, MO - Maybe
5/18/2007 Oklahoma Joe's WBO Kansas City, KS - This is no longer a contest, per Joy. World Brisket will be held with the GAB.
5/25/2007 Great American BBQ Kansas City, KS - Yes w/ Hodedos
6/1/2007 Big Blue BBQ Marysville, KS - Yes
6/8/2007 APWA (non-sanction) Shawnee, KS - Yes w/ Kaw Valley & Hodedos
6/15/2007 LPQue Mt. Pleasant, IA - Don't know
6/22/2007 Iowa St. BBQ Champ. Marshalltown, IA - Yes
7/13/2007 JoCo Fair BBQ Warrensburg, MO - Yes
7/21/2007 Red, White, and Que (HoDe Sparkle Heads) Bellevue, NE - Yes w/ HodeSpakleHeads
8/3/2007 Hillbilly Days BBQ Laurie, MO - Yes
8/24/2007 Roots Festival Paola, KS - Yes
9/14/2007 Elks Smokin Good Time Atchison, KS - Don't know
9/28/2007 Hermann BarBQ & Brats Fest Hermann, MO - Don't know
10/5-7/2007 American Royal BBQ - as - Kaw Valley & the Ho-De-Dos Kansas City, MO - Don't know

Roo-B-Q'N
10-17-2007, 02:30 PM
Feb Polar Swine Invt. - Organizer
April Pleasant Hill - Yes
4/13/2007 Smoke in the Spring Osage City, KS - Yes
4/20/2007 WildCat BBQ Battle Manhattan, KS - Yes w/ Hodedos
5/11/2007 Basswood BBQ Cookoff Platte City, MO - Maybe
5/18/2007 Oklahoma Joe's WBO Kansas City, KS - This is no longer a contest, per Joy. World Brisket will be held with the GAB.
5/25/2007 Great American BBQ Kansas City, KS - Yes w/ Hodedos
6/1/2007 Big Blue BBQ Marysville, KS - Yes
6/8/2007 APWA (non-sanction) Shawnee, KS - Yes w/ Kaw Valley & Hodedos
6/15/2007 LPQue Mt. Pleasant, IA - Don't know
6/22/2007 Iowa St. BBQ Champ. Marshalltown, IA - Yes
7/13/2007 JoCo Fair BBQ Warrensburg, MO - Yes
7/21/2007 Red, White, and Que (HoDe Sparkle Heads) Bellevue, NE - Yes w/ HodeSpakleHeads
8/3/2007 Hillbilly Days BBQ Laurie, MO - Yes
8/24/2007 Roots Festival Paola, KS - Yes
9/14/2007 Elks Smokin Good Time Atchison, KS - Don't know
9/28/2007 Hermann BarBQ & Brats Fest Hermann, MO - Don't know
10/5-7/2007 American Royal BBQ - as - Kaw Valley & the Ho-De-Dos Kansas City, MO - Don't know


Damit Andy's Wife you gotta be there!

For us . .. .

1. State Center Ia. Our first contest ever, gotta go back!
2. Bellevue, Ne When a State only has 5 contests you gotta do them.
3. LaPlatte, Ne It was the first year at this location but see #2 Reason
4. Fairbury, Ne Great contest, wish they awarded better but will be back.
5. Atchinson, KS. Damit Andy we will be there!
6. Columbia, Mo. BIA is moving but won't be going with it. Great to meet some Brethren and compete with them though.

Ones we are considering:

Huron SD
Marshalltown, IA
Larimie, WY

Plowboy
10-17-2007, 02:44 PM
Feb Polar Swine Invt. - Organizer
April Pleasant Hill - Yes
4/13/2007 Smoke in the Spring Osage City, KS - Yes
4/20/2007 WildCat BBQ Battle Manhattan, KS - Yes w/ Hodedos
5/11/2007 Basswood BBQ Cookoff Platte City, MO - Maybe
5/18/2007 Oklahoma Joe's WBO Kansas City, KS - This is no longer a contest, per Joy. World Brisket will be held with the GAB.
5/25/2007 Great American BBQ Kansas City, KS - Yes w/ Hodedos
6/1/2007 Big Blue BBQ Marysville, KS - Yes
6/8/2007 APWA (non-sanction) Shawnee, KS - Yes w/ Kaw Valley & Hodedos
6/15/2007 LPQue Mt. Pleasant, IA - Don't know
6/22/2007 Iowa St. BBQ Champ. Marshalltown, IA - Yes
7/13/2007 JoCo Fair BBQ Warrensburg, MO - Yes
7/21/2007 Red, White, and Que (HoDe Sparkle Heads) Bellevue, NE - Yes w/ HodeSpakleHeads
8/3/2007 Hillbilly Days BBQ Laurie, MO - Yes
8/24/2007 Roots Festival Paola, KS - Yes
9/14/2007 Elks Smokin Good Time Atchison, KS - Don't know
9/28/2007 Hermann BarBQ & Brats Fest Hermann, MO - Don't know
10/5-7/2007 American Royal BBQ - as - Kaw Valley & the Ho-De-Dos Kansas City, MO - Don't know


Is Andy posting in drag again?

ique
10-17-2007, 02:51 PM
12 events this year, going to try and cut it back to 6-8 next year.

Snowshoe Grilling Challenge: Great event to cure cabin fever, always a good time drinking bloody mary's and grilling on a chilly New England day
Grillin On the Bay: My team-mates cooked this one, we'll probably be back
Salisbury, Maryland: Well organized, nice venue, good prize money.
Norfolk, Virginia: Big prize money. But 1st year organization woes. Hopefully they give it another try and improve next year.
Limerock, Connecticut: Really cool venue at the racetrack. I could do without all the extra grilling categories.
Merrimack, New Hampshire: I've cooked this one for the last 4 yrs, but won't go back next year. It's not bad, but overall not very cook friendly. No prize money, access in and out is difficult, I get sucked in every year looking for Jack qualification and NEBS TOY points but wont go next year
Lake Placid, New York: Great venue, but if I limit my contests this one may go.
Harpoon: Christmas in July for me, a highlight of my year.
Hudson Valley Ribfest: I was surprised at how nice this venue was, I'll be back to defend the GC.
American Royal BBQ Championship: If I was going to cut back to 2 contests it would be Harpoon and the Royal. I love the challenge of cooking two contests back to back and its a fun party.
Dover, Delaware: 20k, internet access and a casino should be requirements for ALL BBQ contests
Jack Daniels World BBQ Championship: Nothing like sipping Jack on BBQ Hill with all the top BBQ cooks in the country. A lot of my motivation for practice and traveling around is about getting into The Jack

SmokeInDaEye
10-17-2007, 04:58 PM
Wish I could count the Jack or the Royal among mine but all in all a good year.

Grillin' on the Bay - First call ever followed by another. Well run and a fun day of grillin' (though it's not on the bay as advertised)

Merrimack, NH - Two more calls but there's other contests I'd prefer to do next year given limited time and resources.

Princeton, NJ - A MIM sanctioned event. 1 call and a great experience. We'll see if they do it again.

New Holland, PA - I'm ready to go back tomorrow. My first and second top 3 finishes ever, but beyond that just amazingly well run.

Memphis in May - Playing pit b*tch for Jack McDavid was a great experience and got to walk the stage with the team in whole hog. Definitely going back.

Salisbury, MD - Helped Vinny at this one. A ton of fun. One to consider next year.

Sayville, NY - Final contest of the year and it's looking to be great.

Now can anyone sell me their spot for Harpoon???

LostNation
10-17-2007, 05:12 PM
Here are the contests I cooked or went to this season, I cut back from the ten (and 70000 miles driven) I did last season.

Yardley I liked this contest the least of all the contests I did this year. I do a catering event the day before that pretty much funds my year so I will cook the contest again.

Lake Placid This is the closest contest to my home and a magical place. The ride to the town is gorgeous. The contest organizers bend over back wards for you to make the contest as good as they can.

Wildwood The biggest party on the East. I didn't cook the contest but taught 2 BBQ101 classes. Next season I'll probably cook the contest and teach only one class on Saturday. This is a contest that I seem to always do well at.

Harpoon The second closest contest to my home and the Vermont state championship. This is another big party and the most cooker friendly contest we cook. It's my biggest honor to be among the past GC's of the contest.

New Paltz This is another nice, well run and well organized contest.

New Holland This is my favorite contest. It's really special to travel back in time and see so many Amish people. The organizing crew do as much as they can for the 72 teams. I seem to do really well at this contest with a 6th overall as my worst finish.

Clarence I went to help another cook and really enjoyed the contest, the pumpkin festival is probably the best festival thats hooked into a BBQ contest that I cook.

Dover I've heard nothing but good things about this contest and I really look forward to cooking it this weekend.

All of the contests I cook now are because they are well run, cooker friendly, qualifiers and have a decent payout.

Jeff_in_KC
10-17-2007, 05:53 PM
Wow, seems like we're not the only ones doing a little cutting back in 2008. I'm looking forward to hanging out with friends at some contests and helping wherever I can, doing some judging, co-organizing an event and cooking less contests. That will free up a solid week of vacation time that I plan to take by hopping in the car with Tammy and Taylor and getting the fark outta town for about 7 days and go somewhere fun! I've blown all of my vacation AND the wife's vacation time on BBQ for two years now. It's time the family gets some quality time outside of BBQ.

Sawdustguy
10-17-2007, 05:59 PM
We really enjoyed competing this year! We would have liked to walk alot more but hey, theres always next year.


Yardley: We will not attend this contest again. We paid for a double space and it was given to another team with a Motorhome. We wound up in a 20 x 20 spot.We were without water and electricity most of the contest because they had too many teams on one circuit and the water spigot was about 200' away. We paid for a Porta Potty of our own that never came. We did the worse we have ever done. We had a good time but is was not worth the aggrevation. The contest was much better in Bristol.

Merrimack: This was a great contest for us. We did well with a 2nd in brisket, 4th in ribs and 8th in Pork. The contest was a pleasure to cook because it was very cooker friendly. A well run event.

Harpoon: This was the best contest we have ever cooked at. It was one big party with the Jello Shots, Cherries and copius amount of Beer. Our neighbors were terrific and we had the best time we have ever had at a contest. This is probably why we finished dead middle of the pack. We didn't care. It was a super weekend. Maybe next year we concentrate more on our cooking.

New Paltz: Fun contest and great to be next to Poobah and Willy B. We will be back. We just wish the bathrooms were a little bit closer.

New Holland: Family emergency, we did not cook this contest. We will be back next year.

Sayville: Who knows what is in store for Saturday. Our goal is always to have fun and do the best we can.

Jeff_in_KC
10-17-2007, 06:02 PM
Hey Guy... come to Missouri for a contest! I dare ya! Judges here like fried chicken. :-P:lol:

ericoask
10-17-2007, 07:04 PM
Mason City Iowa, Up in Smoke. Definately will be back. First contest and placed 3rd in ribs on the Spicewine. I know beginners luck.

Muzzlebrake
10-17-2007, 07:18 PM
we did 3 contests this year.

Lake Placid the whole Lake Placid/Saranac Lake region of the High Peaks is one of my favorite places on the planet, will probably become an annual trek.

Hudson Valley hometown contest and the place we made or debut in 06, we will be there until they don't let us come back anymore, then we will sneak in :twisted:

Oilnktoberfest we actually had our best results here, dont know if we will be back though. Had a great time, just did not get a warm and fuzzy feeling about the contest.

will more than likely try to double that next year.....will probably try to get into Harpoon, Salisbury and Sayville II (like my confidence there will be a II).........

not sure where else, maybe Limerock and where is this Berks BBQ Bash place that you can fish at the contest? Think I might like to take a road trip and do a contest or 2 down south somewhere

shadetreebbq
10-17-2007, 07:26 PM
This was our first year out.Had a blast.Cooked pro all contest in our first kcbs got 3rd in chicken beat lotta bull by one spot spoke with Mike after that what a great person.we have cooked 7 events this year hope to do that much or more next year.

Our first contest was a ibca event what a joke that was.The food sat on the turn in tables 30 to 45 minutes after we turned them in they were just grabbing people out of the crowd to be judges.The bad part of it the judges could see who turned what in they were next to the turn in tables.I won't cook that one again unless they get someone who knows how to the a better job.

lunchlady
10-17-2007, 08:34 PM
oh man, I don't even know where to begin...
BEWARE - This could take awhile, we do about 12-15 a year.

Salisbury, MD - this is by far one of the best ones I have done (three years in a row)... Sandy Fulton has this 'organizer thing' down. Great people, great venue, bands, kids rides, VERY well run, good payouts, TRIPLE KCBS points (which is rare around these parts) and you may even get the chance to meet Jim Perdue. How good is that?
Memphis In May - missed it last year... we will NOT miss it again! So, chances are we won't make it to Yardley, PA unless they change the date...bummer, I really like that one. We did not have any of the issues some other people had...the Grand and GC trophies were fantastic, we didn't get one, and Tom puts on a good breakfast to boot! I loved the local grocery store too!
Lime Rock, CT - we had a BLAST at this event, since we didn't sign up to do all the extras... we just did ten categories, not fifteen like everyone else. Way far out in the middle of nowhere though. AND... it's Memorial Day weekend... isn't that the same as the GAB ...? ... I'd rather go down there, to be honest.
Peter's Pond - I SO hope this event keeps going and going and going. No real payouts, but it's WAY cheep to get in anyway so what can you expect? Also, it is one of the longest running New England events, and what a good time! The Cape in June... with 'private' beach access and HOT showers even! Plus, we get to celebrate Charlie and Carlotta's anniversary with them every year.... nuthin' better!
Merrimac, NH - I have always had a great time here, even though we NEVER do well. I think it is because we are having WAY too much fun ! It's pretty well run, it's a state championship, bands, kids stuff, air show, and fresh Budweiser...pain in the butt to get in and out at the designated times though. And the parking issues need work.
Lake Placid, NY - another one of the best in this region. Tons of stuff, very cooker friendly, hot showers, camping in the Olympic Oval, fireworks, cool trophies and big payouts, and this year it is on the 4th of July...even better!!!
Harpoon, VT - I cannot say enough about this one, my first EVER BBQ event! Hands down one of the best! Extremely cooker-friendly, while still taking care of all the 'festival business' that has to be done.... going back to defend our GC, fer sure. So, NO, sorry but you cannot buy our spot Vinny.

We normally take August off, chill out by the pool and re-group, but this year I am really pushing for New Holland, PA or Hudson Valley, to see what we can see.

Lowell, MA - the only Mass State so far and we consistently do VERY WELL... we'll be back - regardless of where they have it.
Harvard, MA - this was really fun. Relatively small event right now, payouts were well distributed, a couple of water and porta potty issues... they were easily fixed though. Fall festival in a beautiful town on a gigantic farm, bands, craft fair, and AWESOME FIREWORKS! Possibly a Mass state next year too... we are so there!
Clarence, NY - we LOVE LOVE LOVE Oinktoberfest!!! Another one that I had NO issues with at all. A wee bit on the expensive side since I always miss the late fee date...but the people and the payouts and the prizes are SO worth the entry fee and the long ride out, plus, if you work it right, you can do Niagara Falls or Cooperstown while you are out there. Bands, kids stuff, indoor bathrooms, swag bags, very well run, huge pumpkin festival with corn maze and pumpkin cannon. I just can't resist the possibility of snow either, PLUS, everyone there has already seen and laughed at our trusty, rusty, duct-taped pop-up, so ... we'll be back for the three-peat! Then it's a dynasty, right?
American Royal Invitational/Open - regrettably we decided not to road trip this one this year... Not the case next year... I am already planning it.
the Jack... you just never know how lucky you can be...
Best Of The Best - Douglas, Georgia - if we somehow can homeschool the kids and take off work for the months of October and into November, I would love to go back to this one. Kell knows how to run an event! The only thing, it is expensive to do both days, and driving from Mass, we aren't gonna do only the one. I'd recommend it to everyone though. Good Times and there are a TON of Florida teams there to play with.

whoa... shutting up now....

hope to see you all out there somewhere!!!

MilitantSquatter
10-17-2007, 10:40 PM
So, NO, sorry but you cannot buy our spot Vinny.



Sorry.. Michelle you can't by mine either then !!! :biggrin: but we can trade if you really liked my spot !!!

I think you meant Clint (SIDE)...

Greatgrills
10-17-2007, 11:43 PM
Every contest that we have cooked this year has been a good time.. There are one or two that probably will not be done again but being able to see all our friends...PRICELESS...Go cook a contest..Yeah there are contest out there that dont give you what you want, but hell you dont always get a hole in one...So its a hobby..Lets say you are shooting for a hole in one and you dont always get it...Is that your fault or someone else? We look at it this way these are people we would never see if it wasnt for bbq..Come on guys one or two bad contest..Whats to say that they will not make it better next year...Look at it as not what you receive as prize money but what you get out of the FRIENDSHIPS...Sorry if we made anyone mad with this one post but its about who you meet and what kind of friends you can make...NOT the money. We think if it was for the money most of us would not be cooking

Plowboy
10-18-2007, 12:54 AM
Every contest that we have cooked this year has been a good time.. There are one or two that probably will not be done again but being able to see all our friends...PRICELESS...Go cook a contest..Yeah there are contest out there that dont give you what you want, but hell you dont always get a hole in one...So its a hobby..Lets say you are shooting for a hole in one and you dont always get it...Is that your fault or someone else? We look at it this way these are people we would never see if it wasnt for bbq..Come on guys one or two bad contest..Whats to say that they will not make it better next year...Look at it as not what you receive as prize money but what you get out of the FRIENDSHIPS...Sorry if we made anyone mad with this one post but its about who you meet and what kind of friends you can make...NOT the money. We think if it was for the money most of us would not be cooking

Good points. We don't choose our contests based on how we did the year before. Seldom is past performance predict your future performance. More than once, we've done a 180 from one year to the next at the same contest. Our favorite contests this year weren't the one's we did the best at. I think Randy would agree that our favorite contests this year were Warrensburg, MO and BarBQlossal in Des Moines. We didn't get any big calls at either of these contests, but they were damn fun because of the people.

We aren't good enough or consistent enough to chase money or KCBS points. That's why contests like LPQue and Great Bend won't be high on our list.

If a contest has more than three dozen teams, I'd like to see them pass out some hardware. I'd much rather get a ribbon than cash. I understand that small contests can't always do this.

lunchlady
10-18-2007, 07:44 AM
Every contest that we have cooked this year has been a good time.. There are one or two that probably will not be done again but being able to see all our friends...PRICELESS...Go cook a contest..Yeah there are contest out there that dont give you what you want, but hell you dont always get a hole in one...So its a hobby..Lets say you are shooting for a hole in one and you dont always get it...Is that your fault or someone else? We look at it this way these are people we would never see if it wasnt for bbq..Come on guys one or two bad contest..Whats to say that they will not make it better next year...Look at it as not what you receive as prize money but what you get out of the FRIENDSHIPS...Sorry if we made anyone mad with this one post but its about who you meet and what kind of friends you can make...NOT the money. We think if it was for the money most of us would not be cooking

...out of the mouths of the WINNERS!!
That is exactly the way we feel.

BBQ is not what you win, but whether or not you had fun. That's how we learned it.

Roo-B-Q'N
10-18-2007, 08:00 AM
Good points. We don't choose our contests based on how we did the year before. Seldom is past performance predict your future performance. More than once, we've done a 180 from one year to the next at the same contest. Our favorite contests this year weren't the one's we did the best at. I think Randy would agree that our favorite contests this year were Warrensburg, MO and BarBQlossal in Des Moines. We didn't get any big calls at either of these contests, but they were damn fun because of the people.

We aren't good enough or consistent enough to chase money or KCBS points. That's why contests like LPQue and Great Bend won't be high on our list.

If a contest has more than three dozen teams, I'd like to see them pass out some hardware. I'd much rather get a ribbon than cash. I understand that small contests can't always do this.

There is money involved in this????:rolleyes: We don't do it for the money at all, we have gotten hooked on the shear competition aspect of the sport but most importantly the people. We have made a lot of great friends and look forward to meeting more.

We look back on our year and decide based on factors such as distance, how well the contest was run, how much fun we had ect.

I have to agree with Todd, more about the hardware than the cash. Big or small contests should be able to at least give out ribbons through 10th.

Just my .02.

lwest99
10-18-2007, 09:27 AM
I agree with the ribbons to 10th place as I think everyone does. I know KCBS does regulate that, the contest organizer does, but they should be able to suggest it.

Muzzlebrake
10-18-2007, 09:33 AM
BBQ is not what you win, but whether or not you had fun. That's how we learned it.

So true so true and for those of you who know me, know that we have a good time!

but lets be completly honest, it feels better to win something. Now we haven't won anything, but have placed well and even came back with a couple of ribbons once. It sure feels better when you do well and if it didn't your hobby would probably not involve competitions.

What I like about the BBQ comps is that even the serious competitors are so cool and gracious about what they do and welcome new people with open arms.

As Michelle and I discussed late night around the fire at Clarence, being fairly new still, I have met lots and lots of people over the past 18 months or so. In all of the BBQ events I have been to (comps, classes, judging, etc., etc.)I have met maybe 2 people along the way that I would say was not all that friendly. Not that they were ash holes or anything, just that they were not nearly as open and welcoming as the throngs of new friends that I have met.

We have yet to not achieve our goal of having fun at a contest and really dig having fun with our new friends, but it does feel very very good when your newfound buddies congratulate you on placing.....I can only imagine what what winning a category means much less a GC or RGC.......

SmokeInDaEye
10-18-2007, 09:38 AM
Sorry.. Michelle you can't by mine either then !!! :biggrin: but we can trade if you really liked my spot !!!

I think you meant Clint (SIDE)...

No offense taken. All us Ash Holes look the same.

G$
10-18-2007, 09:40 AM
3 hour drive to cook against 50 teams and get a yellow, 1/2 sheet of paper and no cash for getting a top 10 call. Awards were a train wreck. The RV hookups were nice, but it was really spread out. Didn't see half the teams until awards.

If it was a local contest, then I'd probably feel differently.


Welcome to my world. A three hour drive IS a local contest! :lol:

ique
10-18-2007, 09:48 AM
O sure, I think we all agree with that. But since many of us can only do a few contests it makes sense to support those contests that go to the extra effort to make things cooks friendly.

The $? Its important because it just helps fund cooking more contests.



Every contest that we have cooked this year has been a good time.. There are one or two that probably will not be done again but being able to see all our friends...PRICELESS...Go cook a contest..Yeah there are contest out there that dont give you what you want, but hell you dont always get a hole in one...So its a hobby..Lets say you are shooting for a hole in one and you dont always get it...Is that your fault or someone else? We look at it this way these are people we would never see if it wasnt for bbq..Come on guys one or two bad contest..Whats to say that they will not make it better next year...Look at it as not what you receive as prize money but what you get out of the FRIENDSHIPS...Sorry if we made anyone mad with this one post but its about who you meet and what kind of friends you can make...NOT the money. We think if it was for the money most of us would not be cooking

Diva
10-18-2007, 12:35 PM
"We aren't good enough or consistent enough to chase money or KCBS points. That's why contests like LPQue and Great Bend won't be high on our list. ---Plowboy"

Great Bend is a fantastic contest! It has the Chest to Chest and a regular KCBS contest. Kent Romine is one of the best contest coordinators there is....he makes sure everyone is WELL taken care of.....brings everybody corn from his field, tamales and all kinds of stuff on Friday! It's an amazing contest that is backed by the folks of Great Bend. It's also held in conjunction with their County Fair, which he gives all the children on the teams a wristband to ride all of the rides for free.

Granted, the money isn't shabby, by any means, however, the sincere dedication he puts into this contest is remarkable.

jbrink01
10-18-2007, 03:08 PM
if we made anyone mad with this one post but its about who you meet and what kind of friends you can make...NOT the money. We think if it was for the money most of us would not be cooking

We cater for money. We cook contests to drink Crown Royal, have fun and maybe win a trophy or 2. The money is always appreciated as we are sponsorless, but not our motivation. The year we won GC at Springfiedl, our first contest of the year, we expected another. Guess what, we didn't get it. Made myself nuts. Now, it's about better BBQ, drinking and friends. What the h*ll do those judges know anyway! I took the CBJ class and I don't know jack sh*t.

Muzzlebrake
10-18-2007, 05:40 PM
What the h*ll do those judges know anyway! I took the CBJ class and I don't know jack sh*t.

LMAO........true that brother, true that

Plowboy
10-18-2007, 06:56 PM
"We aren't good enough or consistent enough to chase money or KCBS points. That's why contests like LPQue and Great Bend won't be high on our list. ---Plowboy"

Great Bend is a fantastic contest! It has the Chest to Chest and a regular KCBS contest. Kent Romine is one of the best contest coordinators there is....he makes sure everyone is WELL taken care of.....brings everybody corn from his field, tamales and all kinds of stuff on Friday! It's an amazing contest that is backed by the folks of Great Bend. It's also held in conjunction with their County Fair, which he gives all the children on the teams a wristband to ride all of the rides for free.

Granted, the money isn't shabby, by any means, however, the sincere dedication he puts into this contest is remarkable.

Sure, sure. I'm not bagging on the contests at all. But let's face it, for many, the draw is the cash. If we would do either event, it would be for the reasons you stated: cooker friendly. Cash is appreciated, but isn't a primary reason we would do a contest.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
10-18-2007, 07:30 PM
Everyone could probably agree, most of us have f/t jobs,right? The full time jobs pay the "rent", right. So all we have are hobbies and "fun activities" right? Now combine being able to EAT,DRINK and be MERRY all in one,call it a HOBBIE and meet FANTASTIC (and addicted) people.... wouldnt that = BBQ?
Just a thought, to all I met in my 1st (of hopefully many) year, I drink this one for you!!

Smokin' Gnome Sal (no I am not related to Santa!!!)

JD McGee
10-18-2007, 09:08 PM
Swamprb and I partnered up toward the end of the season and only have 2 comps between us. He did the Evergreen State Championship...and I did the Breast Cancer Charity Rib Comp. Next year we'll hit a few more on the local circuit and hopefully earn our way up the national ladder in a few years.:-P