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SmokeInDaEye
03-05-2009, 08:37 PM
So I got an invite to the GAB Invitational in the mail today. I'll be the first to admit, I don't know much about the GAB but I know people love it. If you had to pick between the AR Invitational, GAB Invitational and the Jack (assuming you were in the draw and got your bung pulled), which would you take and why?

bigabyte
03-05-2009, 08:41 PM
I love the GAB. I had to pick AR though because it's just, well, you know, so freaking big, crazy and all that. I don't know Jack, never been there.

watertowerbbq
03-05-2009, 08:45 PM
I don't know much about he GAB. You can enter the Royal.......so I choose the Jack. You have to be darn good and a little lucky to get into that contest.

SmokeInDaEye
03-05-2009, 08:49 PM
I don't know much about he GAB. You can enter the Royal.......so I choose the Jack. You have to be darn good and a little lucky to get into that contest.

I think the GAB has an open contest too according to the paperwork, but what I meant to say is between the GAB Invitational, the AR Invitational and the Jack.

bigabyte
03-05-2009, 08:49 PM
Well, you can't "pick" to go to the Jack...so kind of a weird poll.

bigabyte
03-05-2009, 08:50 PM
I think the GAB has an open contest too according to the paperwork, but what I meant to say is between the GAB Invitational, the AR Invitational and the Jack.
Oh, had I understood it that way, I would have chosen the Jack.

SmokeInDaEye
03-05-2009, 08:56 PM
Well, you can't "pick" to go to the Jack...so kind of a weird poll.


Yeah. Maybe a mod can fix the poll? The issue is, I have a very limited budget and heavy work schedule so I may only get a shot at one of these this year (if any). I hope to win a GC again but can't count on it so I don't want to waste the opportunity.

Alexa RnQ
03-05-2009, 08:59 PM
Actually, one can opt out of the Jack draw if qualified, so that kind of works as a backwards option. I could see where a team could do one big trip for the year, and have to pick one. Last year, for us, that was the Jack.

In our case, it has a lot to do with where the dates fall and what doesn't conflict with something in our relevant Team of the Year race. But apart from that, there's the mystique of the invitational. You have to be good, *and* you have to be lucky. And there's no denying, it's an experience like no other.

Maybe some year, we'll get to hit more than one.

HoDeDo
03-05-2009, 09:00 PM
The GAB is the next best thing to the royal...You get TX teams invited as well.

The Royal is an experience - 400+ teams, and the people... it is what it is... (that is a pain to get in and out of, tiring, long walks, etc ,etc...) but nothing like it. I have always had fun there. It's "the royal"!!!

The GAB is over 200 teams, has an invitational, and has the World Brisket Open... Alot of the things that are issues at the Royal, have not been at the GAB(easy access in/out, Good Power, Plenty of volunteers, etc. So it is alot of fun, and a fixture for my spring planning - but it isnt the Royal. I've gotten to take a couple of good walks at the GAB - including a 1st in Chicken 2 years ago. It was AWESOME! But Nothing, comes even close to walking up on the stage at the Royal. I can't explain it - maybe it is the history there with the royal... The GAB is "new" in comparison.

both are great parties, both are great tests of skill... only one is "the royal" ---

Having said that - I would choose the Jack. It isnt really the same ballpark though. The Jack is not going to send you an invitation - you have to get your Draw. The GAB and Royal will send you your invitations based on your win. So Pick one of them - and save a couple days vacation for the October fling.

HoDeDo
03-05-2009, 09:06 PM
Yeah. Maybe a mod can fix the poll? The issue is, I have a very limited budget and heavy work schedule so I may only get a shot at one of these this year (if any). I hope to win a GC again but can't count on it so I don't want to waste the opportunity.

Putting it this way.... If you may only get one shot... take the bird in the hand. The GAB will be lighter on the budget, and it is early. So you are assured to go.

the Royal is later in the year, so you might have work/budget issues by then... The Jack - is a crapshoot.... so dont hang hat on going to it over the others. If it didnt pan out, you'd kick yourself for missing one of the others.

Just Smokin' Around
03-05-2009, 09:35 PM
You don't know if you are in the Jack until it's too late to accept the invites to the GAB and the Royal. Unfortuntely, KC is 1100 miles each way, doing that makes for a lot of driving, extra expense and planning ahead of time. I would plan for one in KC and save a couple of days for the Jack if you get drawn; otherwise, use the vacation at Christmas.

Neal
03-05-2009, 10:45 PM
Like Andy said, go to the GAB. It's early in the year.
The Royal is just a few weeks before the Jack.
IF you get drawn for the Jack and have already entered the Royal, your plan will get all farkled up. But if you go to the GAB in May, you might still be able to finagle the time off and scrape the funds together to go to Lynchburg in late October.

Plowboy
03-05-2009, 10:54 PM
I just can't decide. :wink: At the GAB, I get to win Pork with Randy. At the AMR, I get to win Pork with Andy. Randy or Andy? Andy or Randy? :rolleyes: Kim, wanna go to the Jack? :biggrin:

KC_Bobby
03-05-2009, 11:36 PM
So who's having the Friday night party this year at the GAB?

VA BBQ PIRATES
03-06-2009, 05:36 AM
If I could only do one it would have to be the Jack. It's harder to get in & closer than the Royal. Never been to the GAB - got the invite the other day but haddn't planned on it so I can't make it happen.

Tom

YankeeBBQ
03-06-2009, 07:39 AM
Harpoon

smknwhlswife
03-06-2009, 08:31 AM
I just can't decide. :wink: At the GAB, I get to win Pork with Randy. At the AMR, I get to win Pork with Andy. Randy or Andy? Andy or Randy? :rolleyes: Kim, wanna go to the Jack? :biggrin:

Sure!!! Let's hit it!!!!:mrgreen:

Jorge
03-06-2009, 08:47 AM
As others have pointed out, I wouldn't putt all of my eggs in the Jack basket. You have to commit to either the GAB or Royal invitationals before the draw.

Without question the Jack is the most exclusive. It takes luck and skill to get in. Skill to win a qualifier, and luck to get your bung pulled (unless you won the increasingly rare automatic, or won 7). It may be the most 'special' of the big contests.

At the Royal you cook against any invitational team that's willing and able to show up. If you need redemption the following day you can cook again, against the majority of those teams and 300-400 more:mrgreen: I can't put a price on seeing Scottyd taking his walk and explaining that the secret to his ribs was overcooking them:lol::mrgreen:, watching Phil collect his ribbon for 13th place chicken, Yankeebbq WINNING chicken. I'll make the trip to Kansas City this year whether I'm cooking with someone or not.

I haven't been to the GAB, but I'd like to make the trip one of these days because of the good things that I've heard about it.

KC_Bobby
03-06-2009, 09:33 AM
Nothing wrong with the GAB, in fact I'd guess it's much more cook friendly compared to the Royal. I think the Royal is a one of a kind, as is the Jack. But the Jack is a one of a kind in a different way. Due to the way teams are selected for the Jack, I don't think it can be compared to the GAB and Royal which are on paper nearly identical.

This smile is still on my face:

Scottie
03-06-2009, 10:30 AM
[quote=Jorge;870742]I'll make the trip to Kansas City this year whether I'm cooking with someone or not.

quote]



I'm interviewing next weekend in LR for Security for the Royal...

Big George's BBQ
03-06-2009, 10:41 AM
If I was ever fortuneate enough to go to either it would be the Jack- probably do to the selection process.

Plowboy
03-06-2009, 11:07 AM
We enjoy both the GAB and the AMR. The GAB is more of a "cooks" contest in that you get to see a lot of teams and it is easy to get around and see most of them. The AMR is a whole other contest. It is huge and can be more about doing your own thing. Many teams are caught up in their hosted parties and such.

Both are excellent and great venues for testing your skills against some very good cooks.

paydabill
03-06-2009, 11:58 AM
So who's having the Friday night party this year at the GAB?


I think you just volunteered!

KC_Bobby
03-06-2009, 01:18 PM
I'd have to host a party in an aisle

The_Kapn
03-06-2009, 05:22 PM
GAB or Jack would be a great honor and adventure.

The Best of the Best at Douglas is at the top of my list of favorite Invitationals and we hope to earn our way there.
But, it takes a full season of consistant finishes to be in the TOP 10 of a sanctioning body--so we got our work cut out for us :oops:

It's all good.

TIM

Nitrofly
03-07-2009, 06:40 AM
Harpoon

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SmokeInDaEye
03-07-2009, 09:37 AM
Harpoon

Who-poon?

Divemaster
03-09-2009, 09:48 AM
I chose the Jack just because it's the Jack.

I guess I would say the GAB and then beg and/or borrow extra vacation time if I got an invite to the Jack...

That being said, I would love to do all three (and hope to some day)!

Diva Q
03-09-2009, 06:06 PM
I just got my invite for the GAB sadly we are already booked. I did not know they would be inviting a Canadian team.

ique
03-10-2009, 08:45 AM
The Royal.

1. Your Jack invite is not definite
2. You may be able to extend your trip a day or so and cook the Invite AND the Open
3. I like the judging better at the Royal

Sledneck
05-29-2009, 08:30 AM
Having now experienced both the GAB and the Royal now I would go with GAB if I only had a choice of 1. The Royal was fun to watch all the craziness on Friday night and maybe if I was 20 years old it would of been a blast but after that Sat and Sun turned into a ghost town. At the GAB, as mentioned by a few above is more of a cooks contest and more cooker friendly and to me was run better. The GAB had the same great vibe throughout the weekend