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Babyboomerboy
07-16-2009, 09:09 PM
How do you cookers feel about the public coming up to you during turn in times and asking for free samples of your BBQ? Is it a problem, or just part of the cook off? Do you expect them to ask you for samples while you are preparing your turn in trays and does this bother you? If you had your choice, would you like to be left along from 11 am to 1:30 pm or, are you expecting the distractions of the public during this time and ready to handle to chores?

rookiedad
07-16-2009, 09:31 PM
bring 'em on! we only did two competitions but we had fun with the public both times. no one came right up and asked for samples right off. it just kinda came up in conversation and if we had something around extra we were happy to share a little but i explained that for a competition we really dont cook alot of extra stuff and directed them to the concessions. as far as turn ins, i could see alot of folks asking questions being annoying if you were alone but if you got a few extra members of the team they could intercept the public for you.

Crash
07-16-2009, 09:34 PM
It's never been an issue for us, but I can say that it would annoy me if it was during turn-in time.

Dale P
07-16-2009, 09:50 PM
We had a woman come inside our area and take a slice of brisket while we were boxing up our turn in. i dont mind giving samples but that didnt go over to well with us. It doesnt seem to fair to the vendors either. Why buy when you can get it for free.

BBQchef33
07-17-2009, 01:01 AM
whole bunch of feelings about this.

Come talk to me about bbq, show interest, be polite, and use good judgement regarding when to come by(do i look busy??, or simply ask)... do it right, you walk away with a full belly and a beer..

come buy demanding food because u paid an admission fee
or
just lurking around looking for handouts,
or
looking for an unguarded tray
or
asking for 'free samples"...

Do any of this, your gonna have an empty plate.

We have had a person come under our tent, pick up a knife and slice a chunk off our fatty which we had out on our team breakfast table.

a lady took ribs from the cutting board that were waiting to be boxed for turn-in.

a man DEMANDED food because he paid 8 bucks to get in.. then got pissed when I gave him sausage9from our lunch, to shut him up). He wanted brisket or pulled pork. whiuch wasnt even in the cookers yet. So he walks away holding it up screaming 8 bucks and all i get is a f**king sausage. He was ejected from the contest site.

i used to put my trays out after turnin and let folks take it... still do if contests allow it and the food is presentable.

At one contest, i watched as A JUDGE came to my site, and started packing her bag with my leftovers. she had a box of baggies.. she would put her hand in a baggie, and grab a handful of meat, pull the baggie over her hand and close it, put it intoa shopping bag, then get another baggie and do the same thing again. I was so shocked all i could do is watch the trainwreck. She looked at me and continued.. no shame at all. i would expect this from the homeless, not a KCBS judge.

Ron_L
07-17-2009, 05:32 AM
If the competition allows we'll give out some samples. We just set them in a foil pan for folks to take. We do our turn ins inside the trailer so folks generally don't bother us. In 99% of cases a polite "I'm sorry, I'm busy getting my food ready for the judges" will get a polite response, but there are always folks like the ones that Phil mentioned above. We seem to have less of them in the Midwest, however :-D

CajunSmoker
07-17-2009, 06:17 AM
Like Phil said, If people are friendly we will feed them. Pecker heads can take a walk:!:

We have a lot more people interested in how our UDS's work than we do wanting free food. I probably talk to 100 people a comp about the drums. People love the idea that they can go home and build their own cooker.:-D

Jacked UP BBQ
07-17-2009, 08:00 AM
Send them to the vendors. That is what we pay the large entry fees to do, sell food. We also compete and understand the overwhelming amount of people who come up and help themselves and we brush them away. We tell them it is against policy and we will get dq'd for giving away samples. Please do not give out samples where I am vending (troy NY) Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!!

Alexa RnQ
07-17-2009, 11:35 AM
I have no problem with people being polite and asking questions. I also have no problems letting them know we'll be available to chat after 1:30.

Anybody who reaches INTO our space and puts their hands on our turn-in food is going to draw back a bloody stump and a number of expletives. I have never witnessed this kind of behavior at any comp we've gone to in seven states -- is this a regional thing, were these people raised by wolves?

Harbormaster
07-17-2009, 11:40 AM
There were some folks at Princeton, WI last year that got a little pushy during turn in time and worked their way between Divemaster's tables and mine, and we had to 'assertively' ask them to leave until after turn ins. We did hand out all of our leftover ribs and chicken, but Pimp and I took home the leftover butts and brisket.

We had a lot of really polite folks on Friday that came and talked with us at length, and were truly interested in what we were doing. Had they returned on Saturday they would have been treated very well by our team.

Podge
07-17-2009, 11:54 AM
I'm against it. It hurts the vendors. Also might be some health dept. concerns.

Lippy
07-17-2009, 12:01 PM
Not for it. Costs a lot of money to do comps. Not there to feed everybody.

Rhapsody
07-17-2009, 12:09 PM
People amaze me. The worst is when they use catering as bait to get some food. They will tell you how they have a "wedding" or (my favorite) a "baby shower" coming up. I had one woman come up and tell me that one, I hand her a rib turn around to get her a napkin, turn around, and she is halfway down the row. Now unless you give me a date, and don't appear to be a freeloader, I won't care. But there are too many of those running around. Free food and free t-shirts run the world.

Double D's BBQ
07-17-2009, 12:26 PM
We enjoy sharing our BBQ with the public as long as it doesn't interfere with turn in's and there is no rule at the contest prohibiting it. We generally put all the BBQ that doesn't make the cut for turn in in a large disposable aluminum pan and let them go at it. They appreciate it, we like watching them eat it, and I'm an easy pushover for compliments. It's good for the soul!:-D

Dustaway
07-17-2009, 12:40 PM
whole bunch of feelings about this.

Come talk to me about bbq, show interest, be polite, and use good judgement regarding when to come by(do i look busy??, or simply ask)... do it right, you walk away with a full belly and a beer..

come buy demanding food because u paid an admission fee
or
just lurking around looking for handouts,
or
looking for an unguarded tray
or
asking for 'free samples"...

Do any of this, your gonna have an empty plate.



Or a poke in Da EYE

cmcadams
07-17-2009, 01:02 PM
Our first comp, we had someone reach into our pulled pork, grab a handful, and say, 'good brisket'. From then on, we guard our meats better, usually putting a table between us and the front of the site.

We had a guy come up at 3 pm last Saturday, 1.5 hours after turn ins, and ask if we had samples to give out. Everything was either gone or put away by then... he was just cruising for free food.

I've been to other comps where everyone was giving out samples, and I kind of like that, as long as no vendors. This time, though, there were vendors, and, being out of work, I wanted the leftovers. :)

Buster Dog BBQ
07-17-2009, 01:44 PM
Never will I there are vendors. Try to do all work inside trailer very since we had someone pull pork out of our turn in once.

thillin
07-17-2009, 03:09 PM
I'm glad I do everything in the trailer. If I catch someone going into the trailer, then they may not come out vertical.

McClung
07-17-2009, 07:36 PM
Last one was easy, just told folks that chili was vending and we weren't. One before that was almost as easy, I was set up next to Swamprb and just kept putting my leftovers in his vending box! (thanks Brian!) Setting up next to Brian and his UDS's helps too since folks always seem to just want to bother the $hit out of him about the barrels.

Skinny Cook
07-17-2009, 08:40 PM
It doesnt seem to fair to the vendors either. Why buy when you can get it for free.

BINGO Dale, well said !!!

We had a guy walk off with Chix in Madison last year. :icon_pissed

I would prefer them to look but not touch. :wink:

Greg60525
07-17-2009, 11:44 PM
I'm in an open tent, but I did not have anyone bother me during the turn-in times.............saw some of them hovering outside my space though, just waiting. I don't look at them directly, as that may invite them to start talking. Ater the turn-in I did have quite a few people come by and ask for samples, and because I cooked enough meat I gave some out. I'm not so sure that they were looking for lunch, as much as wanting to try competition food. Heck, I was on the other side of the fence, but I never had the pebbles to ask anyone for samples.

I did have one very interested and very nice couple stop by during the first (prep) day just to chat about BBQ.........they were thinking of getting into it next year. They came by again after turn-in the next day and we talked some more. They didn't even ask for samples............I offered it to them an allowed them to sample the complete selection.

ModelMaker
07-19-2009, 01:39 PM
we were listening to some of the war stories from Jay @ Smokehouse 72 im W'loo. People reaching under his arm to grab turn in meats????
I'm embarrased to belong to the same gene pool as these people.
ModelMaker

The_Kapn
07-21-2009, 03:38 PM
We will never, ever, give away samples if someone is vending BBQ.

Simple.

TIM

KC_Bobby
07-21-2009, 04:19 PM
We generally say sorry, we're not licensed to vend and that generally works. Sometimes they ask where they can get some BBQ and we'll point them in the direction of the vendors.

I think the original question was about this situation during turn in times ... to me, that's the worst. Again we simply say that we're not licensed and if they continue we tell them that we are right in the middle of turn ins. Fortunately, we haven't had a problem but I often think of what I've heard from others.

After turn ins, I'm not much for just putting pans of food out for people to grab - that is unless the organizer supplies the teams with food to cook for the public - then fine. But their ain't no such thing as a free lunch for the most part. Like others have said, show interest, be polite, ask some questions and you'll probably get a few samples.

Uncle Buds BBQ
07-21-2009, 04:31 PM
Thank the Lord but we have never run into folks who just snatch food. How rude! But we have had those who want to chat during that critical time period.

I have thought about hanging a sign that explains everything in this thread...like I paid $$$ to enter...can't sell you food...won't give away...can't talk from 11:30 to 1;30...etc.

Anyone every use a sign like that? Maybe if we just helped the general public understand the process it would eliminate some of these problems.

Uncle Bud

watertowerbbq
07-21-2009, 04:43 PM
Thank the Lord but we have never run into folks who just snatch food. How rude! But we have had those who want to chat during that critical time period.

I have thought about hanging a sign that explains everything in this thread...like I paid $$$ to enter...can't sell you food...won't give away...can't talk from 11:30 to 1;30...etc.

Anyone every use a sign like that? Maybe if we just helped the general public understand the process it would eliminate some of these problems.

Uncle Bud

I think I remember a thread where the discussion got heated regarding a team who put up a "No Samples" sign on their table.

The Pickled Pig
07-21-2009, 04:46 PM
I do not like being bothered by anyone during turn-in times least of all GP looking for food. There are lots of ways organizers can incorporate public sampling into a contest...giving away samples during turn-in time isn't one of them.

watertowerbbq
07-21-2009, 04:46 PM
found it


http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49611&highlight=No+Samples

Buster Dog BBQ
07-21-2009, 05:08 PM
In Dubuque last year we were the first team as you entered the area. I think everyone who walked into the BBQ area stopped to ask us for samples. Finally I made a sign that said all vendors with an arrow and put up. In those events where there is one or two main areas to enter for the public, I dont understand why the organizer can't have a sign that says something about where to get bbq, no samples, etc. Or put vendors at those locations instead of the furthest point away.

smoke-n-my-i's
07-21-2009, 05:59 PM
I think I remember a thread where the discussion got heated regarding a team who put up a "No Samples" sign on their table.


Would that be me????

:biggrin:

:rolleyes:

:twisted:

:razz:

:cool:

This will keep the "vultures" way for the most part..... if someone just stops by, and just starts chit chatting and asking general questions, etc... it is possible that he/she may get a quick sample.

I have found that for the most part, that little sign (which I usually put up abt 4 of them) will for the most part keep most of the people at bay. They will stop, look, watch, and usually talk among themselves that I do not hand out samples or sell, and walk away. Saves a lot of time while crunching to get the turn ins done and in on time without being real rude.

Bill

BIG T'z
07-21-2009, 06:03 PM
If the venue allows it, I have no problem with samples! However, I dont thinks it's good to feed the "masses" with samples,when others have paid for the vending! Im a newbie, and still trying to figure this all out!My thinking is, after all the turn in's and all our "CRU" have had their fill with takehome, why not?? My fridge is filled!!:?:

Terry " BIG T'z

Smokin Mike
07-21-2009, 10:49 PM
If the venue allows it, I have no problem with samples! However, I dont thinks it's good to feed the "masses" with samples,when others have paid for the vending! Im a newbie, and still trying to figure this all out!My thinking is, after all the turn in's and all our "CRU" have had their fill with takehome, why not?? My fridge is filled!!:?:

Terry " BIG T'z


honestly, I don't care after turn-in,,,I'm starting to hate bbq about this time of year anyways,,,,,

KuyasKitchen
07-21-2009, 11:52 PM
honestly, I don't care after turn-in,,,I'm starting to hate bbq about this time of year anyways,,,,,

Blasphemy!

The Giggler
07-22-2009, 07:16 AM
No matter where you're cooking, you are always going to find people who are genuinely interested and those looking for a free meal. They are not difficult to distinguish.

When we're vending, like we will be in Harpoon this weekend, we sell our competition samples right along with the vending food. They are priced a little higher as a result of increased costs.

At comps where we are not vending, we usually offer a nibble of something to a new friend. IMO, a small sample is like a little appetizer. Then we send them down to our favorite vendor.

If someone comes right out to ask without any conversation, I simply site that it is against both the contest rules and the health department rules for me to offer samples. That's good enough for most people.

Never had a brazen individual snatch items off the plate. And guessing I wouldn't handle that too well.

Ford
07-22-2009, 07:26 AM
We generally say sorry, we're not licensed to vend and that generally works. Sometimes they ask where they can get some BBQ and we'll point them in the direction of the vendors.

I think the original question was about this situation during turn in times ... to me, that's the worst. Again we simply say that we're not licensed and if they continue we tell them that we are right in the middle of turn ins. Fortunately, we haven't had a problem but I often think of what I've heard from others.

After turn ins, I'm not much for just putting pans of food out for people to grab - that is unless the organizer supplies the teams with food to cook for the public - then fine. But their ain't no such thing as a free lunch for the most part. Like others have said, show interest, be polite, ask some questions and you'll probably get a few samples.

As a vendor I applaud this response. Remember we pay a fee and/or percentage to the contest as well. If you give away food you impact our revenue and the contest. If there are no BBQ vendors and the contest and local health dept. allow you to give away food I may give some things away. Truth is I'd rather take it home to share with neighbors.

As a competitor I've had people try to reach in and nothing works better than Carol picking up a large knife and putting it between the offending hand and the food and saying DON"T. But I have had turn-in food taken before I got the trailer. Now they won't enter the trailer.

BBQ_Mayor
07-22-2009, 07:38 AM
I think the organizers need to get on board with this too. At a contest this year, I learned that I should give out free samples to the public via the radio. And at another contest I heard one person at the stage announce to the public to come back tomorrow at noon for samples of bbq.
I don't mind giving out samples but the organizer should not be telling me I need to give out samples that I paid for. If they paid for it, that's a different story.

Balls Casten
07-22-2009, 07:55 AM
We enjoy and try to hand out samples like everyone else. But we try to use toothpicks or cut samples small enough that they are getting a bite, not half a meal.

The folks that make us laugh are the ones that grab a handful of samples or fill a plate. I always say “Hey didn’t I see you in the grocery store this morning” Implying they were in grabbing free samples there too. Some get it some don’t.

We try not to let the inconsiderate people ruin it for the polite folks that are interested in what we’re doing. And that does become a challenge sometimes.

blues_n_cues
07-22-2009, 07:57 AM
i would be happy to give out samples at MY discretion. if a person is interested in my smokers or Q in general, if i meet members from forums, if it's a friend etc...

if it's locally- you can also expect a business card.

if it's "required" by the organizers then they need to state that up front & provide the meat.

if anyone EVER grabs for anything-they will simply be sampling their fingers i remove & smoke for them....:twisted:

Divemaster
07-22-2009, 08:27 AM
If there is vending, I don’t give anything out. If there is no vending, it’s my choice if someone gets a sample and that’s only after my guys have gotten their fill.

My guys now stand guard (just like our turtles) to keep people out of our site during turn-in. We had one person try and take a rib while I was slicing them. I simply looked at him and told him to get the fark out. My favorite is when Tony is with us… He’s a strong guy and part of the States Attorneys office… He takes no crap from anyone….

Skip
07-22-2009, 08:52 AM
This last weekend it was really nice out so we decided to do all our prep outisde instead of in the trailer. Its amazing how the group forms and then begins to move closer and closer. Almost feel like the mouse as the cat is stalking you.:-o:-o:-o Had a few instances where a friendly person got a rib end or something and had people try and pull food right off the cutting board.:evil::evil::evil: I have been told I have a loud voice when necessary and it seems I yelled at a few people.:mad::mad::mad: Boy those hands disappear quicker then my kids do when I am mad.:lol: The best was when I offered two slices of brisket to a "friendly". They only took one piece as I turned to do something. At that point someone else picked up my knife and started to cut the second piece on top of my table...not even on the cutting board.:confused::confused::confused: Well everyone on the team got loud then and we quickly packed up everything. :wink:

I will give a taste to the "friendlys" but will not feed then. I also direct them to the vendors in general unless I have a buddy vending then I send to that specific one. I claim they cook the same or similar. Most GP won't know the difference. :lol:

CivilWarBBQ
07-22-2009, 09:15 AM
Thank the Lord but we have never run into folks who just snatch food. How rude! But we have had those who want to chat during that critical time period..

Uncle Bud


Thank the Good Lord we live in Dixie, Bud. Such bad behavior is quite rare here because Mama taught us better than that. Of course, no telling what those Yankee Invaders might do...

;)

-gf

goodsmokebbq
07-22-2009, 09:18 AM
This last weekend it was really nice out so we decided to do all our prep outisde instead of in the trailer. Its amazing how the group forms and then begins to move closer and closer. Almost feel like the mouse as the cat is stalking you.:-o:-o:-o Had a few instances where a friendly person got a rib end or something and had people try and pull food right off the cutting board.:evil::evil::evil: I have been told I have a loud voice when necessary and it seems I yelled at a few people.:mad::mad::mad: Boy those hands disappear quicker then my kids do when I am mad.:lol: The best was when I offered two slices of brisket to a "friendly". They only took one piece as I turned to do something. At that point someone else picked up my knife and started to cut the second piece on top of my table...not even on the cutting board.:confused::confused::confused: Well everyone on the team got loud then and we quickly packed up everything. :wink:

I will give a taste to the "friendlys" but will not feed then. I also direct them to the vendors in general unless I have a buddy vending then I send to that specific one. I claim they cook the same or similar. Most GP won't know the difference. :lol:

Ohh man we saw the crowd over there. We do our prep deep in our site and have tables to block access. Did give out a couple pieces of brisket and ribs to folks that had been there the day before (Friendlys).

Skip
07-22-2009, 09:35 AM
Ohh man we saw the crowd over there. We do our prep deep in our site and have tables to block access. Did give out a couple pieces of brisket and ribs to folks that had been there the day before (Friendlys).

Yeah. Either someone from the day before or someone truly interested...or at least talking a good talk. :grin:

I sent them to the vendors then. Actually had people make comments about one person getting a sample and not them. Arguing "why them and not me?!?!" I told them their attitude should answer that question. We have sponsors though and a friend in the person who makes our pit. If a piece of food will keep them around to hear the schpeil or look at our pit we'll do it. Just don't want to take away from the vendors. I'm hoping Jay gets a call on a spicewine since one guy was in love with the unit. Tried to show him everything. Even opened the chamber and firebox during my cook to show him. Brian at Huntingdon should be getting calls on grates as well as a woman who want a sewing machine table top made. Odd but hey its work.

Skip
07-22-2009, 09:38 AM
Thank the Good Lord we live in Dixie, Bud. Such bad behavior is quite rare here because Mama taught us better than that. Of course, no telling what those Yankee Invaders might do...

;)

-gf

I wanted to respond to this but unfortunately I've got no defense. many a true word is spoken in jest. You win.:oops::oops::oops:

MattG
07-22-2009, 12:25 PM
We don’t mind giving out some samples, but for the most part we keep everything that is left over. At our contests (Hasn’t been many 3) when we cook we have people that want to buy our leftovers. But if someone ever grabbed something off our tray or turn in box, I would crack him or her in the forehead.

early mornin' smokin'
07-22-2009, 01:42 PM
As a team we will not "feed" anyone but our friends and family. If, during the process of the competition, we meet some nice people, who are friendly, and introduce themselves, they will get a sample.
If you have your own plate, sorry, nothing for you
If you insist that i give you something, it'll be a boot in the arse
If you come over to me and say nice grill, can i have a beer, no chance

I dont get where these people get off, thank god last year at the Battle of The BBQ Brethren we had signs that said we will not give out samples, not allowed and please go see the vendors.
Even with the signs people insist on getting something, just for walking around like a jack off.

If you are so interested in competition bbq, sign up, offer to help, but dont expect to just show up and get fed.

Slamdunkpro
07-22-2009, 02:39 PM
Part of the problem with the public at comps is that(at some events) the media advertising tends to be on the deceptive side. I heard a number of radio ads for the DC comp with variations on "come out and taste some of the best BBQ around" and so forth. So John Q public hears this, goes to the event, pays an admission fee and then is told that the competitors don't give away food, he has to buy it from the vendors. (Oh, the horror:eek:) While I don't agree with it, I can understand why some people who come to comps might have a sense of entitlement.

EarlyBird
07-22-2009, 04:11 PM
At a contest when people ask if we sell our BBQ. I tell them I wanted to, but we did not pass the health dept. inspection. :eek: Then I offer them a small sample :eek::eek: They usually decline.

KC_Bobby
07-22-2009, 04:14 PM
Maybe I'll start leaving raw chicken on a table on Friday afternoon - then by Saturday people won't want to get close. :eek:

Note to Rookie48 Dave - zip it! :twisted:

smoke showin'
07-22-2009, 07:20 PM
I agree with some of the others not there to feed the public ..

Cigarbque
07-22-2009, 09:40 PM
I'm doing my first comp in a few weeks and after reading this I think I'm bringing barbed wire and a pit bull. :rolleyes:

Jacked UP BBQ
07-23-2009, 08:03 AM
I'm doing my first comp in a few weeks and after reading this I think I'm bringing barbed wire and a pit bull. :rolleyes:

wheres your first contest?

Skip
07-23-2009, 08:08 AM
Probably Monmouth County Fair. He's from NJ and I think thats the only one down there this weekend.

Muzzlebrake
07-23-2009, 10:01 AM
Thank the Good Lord we live in Dixie, Bud. Such bad behavior is quite rare here because Mama taught us better than that. Of course, no telling what those Yankee Invaders might do...


I really wanted to argue with you after reading this too, but really all I can say is please sir do not judge all of us Yankees by the behavior of folks from Troy........I don't want to say anything bad about the place but it ain't in too many tourist guides.

we gave all of our stuff to the Troy Action Crew. The only folks that came into our site were the staff dumping our trash, sweeping our spot, etc.....:rolleyes:

The only person that came by looking for a sample ( and that was because another friend sent him our way) was the Mayor, who is a competitor.

Jacked UP BBQ
07-23-2009, 10:08 AM
Thank the Good Lord we live in Dixie, Bud. Such bad behavior is quite rare here because Mama taught us better than that. Of course, no telling what those Yankee Invaders might do...

;)

-gf


You mean mama beat y'all better than that!!!:-P

Poker Smoker
07-23-2009, 11:29 AM
If they would just leave our trash can alone we would be happy. ;)

kunzbrew&bbq
07-23-2009, 12:04 PM
We only give to friends and family, and just freeze the rest.

Jacked UP BBQ
07-23-2009, 12:32 PM
If they would just leave our trash can alone we would be happy. ;)

you hit the nail on the head. Our trash can gets full with al other peoples crap

JamesTX
07-23-2009, 01:09 PM
Part of the problem with the public at comps is that(at some events) the media advertising tends to be on the deceptive side. I heard a number of radio ads for the DC comp with variations on "come out and taste some of the best BBQ around" and so forth. So John Q public hears this, goes to the event, pays an admission fee and then is told that the competitors don't give away food, he has to buy it from the vendors. (Oh, the horror:eek:) While I don't agree with it, I can understand why some people who come to comps might have a sense of entitlement.

I think part of the problem is that the general public doesn't understand the process. I know the first time I went to a cook-off (long before joining this forum), I thought that my entrance fee was buying me samples from all the competitors. Because, if it wasn't then what was it buying?

I understand better now, but I'd still question paying a fee just to watch people cook.

Cigarbque
07-23-2009, 08:13 PM
wheres your first contest?

Hudson Valley Rib Fest. Looking forward to meeting many of you there. I am only doing the KCBS not the NEBS but I plan to arrive Friday just for the hang and experience. I was lucky enough to hang with SIDE and BBQ Gnome at Green Valley so I got a feel for things there. Very excited about jumping in. Doing a full on practice cook this weekend so we won't make the comp down in south Jersey.

HoDeDo
07-23-2009, 08:56 PM
we gave all of our stuff to the Troy Action Crew. The only folks that came into our site were the staff dumping our trash, sweeping our spot, etc.....:rolleyes:

The only person that came by looking for a sample ( and that was because another friend sent him our way) was the Mayor, who is a competitor.

Well once people knew we have the Amazing Spiderman in the site... they stayed out. Seriously though, considering all the peeps out there, I figured we would have more issues than we did. I have never had someone take something off of my turn in cutting board.... but I was not worried about this weekend.

The Troy action crew took good care of us, and genuinely appreciated the grub. While they were eatin our grub, we were eating clams with Yanni's!!!

People enjoying contests is what brings sponsors, sponsors bring prize dollars -- so I am all for interaction with the public. We have not had the issues some here have; As a rule, extras go to the volunteers first, if there are no vendors we will give some away to those "interested"/nice/polite folk. Otherwise, we point folks to the vendors.

Dale P
07-23-2009, 09:15 PM
You are right Andy. We are who the general public look at while they are trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

Uncle Buds BBQ
08-07-2009, 03:26 PM
I think part of the problem is that the general public doesn't understand the process. I know the first time I went to a cook-off (long before joining this forum), I thought that my entrance fee was buying me samples from all the competitors. Because, if it wasn't then what was it buying?

I understand better now, but I'd still question paying a fee just to watch people cook.

Here is my sign I'm hanging at next weekends comp.

Dear Kind Folks,

Uncle Bud and his kin would like to thank ya’ll for letting us compete in this here BBQ cook off. Ifin this is ya’lls first time to one of these cook contest we thought it may help ya to know some things.

We had to pay an entry fee to come here and try to win one of them little plastic trophies. We aint complain in cause we had the money since Junior decided he didn’t need to get this teeth straighten since they were all a fallen out and stuff. But we really can’t be letting ya try our BBQ. And the folks that are a sellin the BBQ get might mad at us if we did. And we had to buy all of the meat since the twister came and took all the livestock.

Ifin ya got questions bout our cookers or how we make our BBQ just ask. We love to talk about it but not when we’re a try in to get it ready fer the judging. That’s between bout 11am and 1:30pm. Any other time we are glad to talk to ya.

bbqdavarrow
08-09-2009, 06:45 AM
early on I used to keep my work table right out front which was a big mistake! now with the kitchen set-up in back people walk by and some will start up conversation if they seem sincere and nice we will offer a taste. We have also had the popele who just grap food (chips, etc) right off of our dining table. And we do get a lot of people who think it is included in their admission to the event!
dave

McClung
08-09-2009, 10:48 PM
We ran into a whole different thing this weekend. There were vendors for pulled pork and dogs but apparently no one was vending anything to drink. There were lots of folks trying to buy water, pop, or anything else wet from us!

NotleyQue
08-09-2009, 11:00 PM
I will give out samples to people who are polite, show an interest in what we are doing, and have manners. Being female also gets you a sample no matter what.

rksylves
08-10-2009, 07:13 AM
I was lucky enough to strike up a conversation with a team friday evening at a recent event. As I want to start judging and later on competing, I asked a lot of questions but tried not to be annoying. As I was leaving they asked if I was coming back on Saturday, I said 'Yep, just as early as I can get in the gate'. Saturday they allowed me to actually be right there as they prepped the turn-ins AND try a few samples. Talk about jackpot! Of course I stayed out of the way and didn't talk to them as they were prepping. We did talk some more after turn-in and I was invited to the awards with them.

As one of the general public (for now), I really did appreciate the education handed out and the general good vibe that was there. I was there to listen & learn and the sample taste was more to get an idea of what it's supposed to taste like. Not fill my belly.

Thanks Tim & Brent.

I guess my point is, there are some of us public who aren't there to get a free handout (other than some Q education).

Russ

The_Kapn
09-02-2009, 08:30 AM
Russ,

It was great to have you around.
No problem at all.

We recieved a lot of help when we first started from other teams.
Still do, for that matter :oops:

It is just the right thing to do for a new team.

See Ya at Clermont.

TIM

buttrubbersbbq
09-02-2009, 04:35 PM
we enjoy handing out samples, AFTER turn in. we cut up or shred everything small enough to get a taste but not to fill up on, even had them ask if we sold sandwiches or platters then we send them to the vendors. On the subect of vendors we have had more than several people at several contest come back through after eating from the vendors and tell us, and other teams they wished they hadn't gone to the vendors after after having what we didnt turn in.
we have found most people very polite and wanting to sample only not fill up, we also sell tshirts, so we say free samples when you buy a shirt

Lake Dogs
09-03-2009, 10:51 AM
Veteran chili competition cook here, and have seen just about everything
at one time or another. I haven't seen too many people just crash in and
grab (as others have seen). More often than not we get nice people asking all types of questions (from can I sample, to how do you do this, or just
where are you from) when we need to be focusing on turn in. We now put
a table out front with a few trophies for display and this sign:

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss141/hance_patrick/please.jpg

As far as handing out samples, generally if we're not thwarting vendor
efforts and it's allowable, we'll hand out a little. More often than not we
dont have tons of extra to hand out. BBQ is different than chili this way.
In chili cookoffs you make quite a bit specifically for crowd hand-out.
We have the responsibility to the venue (making it enjoyable for the
attendee) as well as the competition.