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KC_Bobby
04-29-2010, 10:07 AM
How many sanctioned competitions did it take for you to earn your first GC?

That is the question. As many of us compete at different rates (some nearly every weekend, some once a month and others a few times a year) saying how many years it's taken to win a team's first GC may not tell the whole story, so maybe the number of sanctioned comps would give us others an idea of the reality of how challenging it is to reach that pinnacle.

pat
04-29-2010, 10:27 AM
Still waiting! Gonna be a long journey :thumb:

Divemaster
04-29-2010, 10:49 AM
Still waiting for my first 'Sanctioned GC'. As for Non-Sanctioned it was about 6.

Dr_KY
04-29-2010, 11:11 AM
1

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DawgPhan
04-29-2010, 12:16 PM
I think that it took me somewhere around 16-20 contests to get a Grand, but then my first contest was Dillard and I had just bought my first electric brinkman about 6 months prior. before that BBQ was pork loin in the crock pot and some sauce. I think that I could have shortened it a little if I didnt learn how to cook bbq at contests..

The Pickled Pig
04-29-2010, 12:20 PM
80'ish...maybe more :shock:...very slow learner

Lake Dogs
04-29-2010, 12:32 PM
RGC 2nd sanctioned comp and only a fraction of a point from GC. Seen RGC a few times
since, but no GC yet. We are having fun though! Tiring, but fun.

BBQ_Mayor
04-29-2010, 12:49 PM
What's a GC...never even sniffed one.:pray:
Probably going to crush Pickled Pigs number. I know it's tough to win anywhere but we have a lot of very good cooks here in Iowa so it just seems impossiable to win sometimes. Talk about slow learning. :doh:. Some day I hope crawl out from under this black cloud and win something.

Alexa RnQ
04-29-2010, 01:12 PM
I think 7 or 8?

2007: 5? contests, highest call was RGC

2008: 13 sanctioned contests, 3 GCs

2009: 26 sanctioned contests (KCBS and IBCA), 7 GC, 7 RGC

G$
04-29-2010, 01:19 PM
These numbers are generally lower (quicker) than I expected.

Theres some talented Brethren out there.

Smokin' Joe
04-29-2010, 01:48 PM
we were very lucky to win in our 5th sanctioned event....haven't really been close since...although I did reverse all of the changes we have made in the time since and I think we are closer again :)

Fatback Joe
04-29-2010, 02:38 PM
I felt like I was right on the brink down in FBA land (highest was a 3rd) then I moved North and it feels like starting all over.

The chicken that was working down there don't fly up here. :roll:

MoKanMeathead
04-29-2010, 03:15 PM
It took us exactly 30...oh and that was 42 comps ago. :redface:

We have been a bridesmaid 8 times!!

LostNation
04-29-2010, 04:15 PM
I guess I'm one of the few who won first time out. Harpoon 2003. We also won the next day grilling at Harpoon. The next week we came in third at the Podunk Festival then later in the summer we came in third again at New Holland. My next contest we came back to reality as a new team and came in 55th at The Jack with a DAL in pork.

Scottie
04-29-2010, 04:19 PM
I guess I'm one of the few who won first time out. Harpoon 2003. We also won the next day grilling at Harpoon. The next week we came in third at the Podunk Festival then later in the summer we came in third again at New Holland. My next contest we came back to reality as a new team and came in 55th at The Jack with a DAL in pork.


Hey Rich,. Are you going to be in LP this year? We are making the trek out again...

KC_Bobby
04-29-2010, 04:25 PM
It took us 20 comps to get to the Holy Grail. Got a RGC in our 6th and have a fair share of top 10 overalls, but weren't able to get all 4 categories nailed the same day. That to me, is what shows the quality of the teams that win multiple times - they are on all 4 categories consistently.

Ryan Chester
04-29-2010, 04:34 PM
I've competed 9 times, took RGC in our 5th competition and placed in the top 10 6 out of the 9 times. I can taste GC from here!!!

Munkee's Pit
04-29-2010, 05:09 PM
I would say that in some parts of the country, where there is a very high density of teams, it is harder to get to that GC mark.

The_Kapn
04-29-2010, 06:30 PM
First RGC was at 25 contests.
Second RGC was a few later and we missed GC by a hair.
Third RGC was a couple later.

2010 will give us our first ever GC------ if we learn how to cook :redface:
So close.......

TIM

Coz
04-29-2010, 06:31 PM
I would say that in some parts of the country, where there is a very high density of teams, it is harder to get to that GC mark.


I would tend to agree.I would think it would get you a little crazy in Missouri or Kansas where there is a multitude of very good teams. Yes I know they have a lot of contests but what do you think 10-15 teams could win at about any of those?

Buster Dog BBQ
04-29-2010, 06:38 PM
I would tend to agree.I would think it would get you a little crazy in Missouri or Kansas where there is a multitude of very good teams. Yes I know they have a lot of contests but what do you think 10-15 teams could win at about any of those?
Last year in LaPorte City, IA they had 25 teams and I think 10 of those had been to the Jack and 14 or 15 had a GC under their belt. It included the #2 overall, previous Jack champ and AR Open champ. Tough crowd.

Rub
04-29-2010, 06:44 PM
27 for me, covering 3 years. I think that's why I get a little miffed if I see a new team complaining about not winning.
Good things come to those who wait...and practice.

monty3777
04-29-2010, 07:05 PM
5 comps - no GC. Not even close... Thanks for reminding me!!

chromesporty
04-29-2010, 07:15 PM
Our first RGC was last year, our third year of competition Q. We've done 5 contest so far this year, and have finished in the top 10 3 times. I can smell it from here!

smoken don
04-29-2010, 07:21 PM
30/35 comps. RGC 7 times,5 times by 1 point.No GC.yet.:pray::pray:

Coz
04-29-2010, 08:24 PM
27 for me, covering 3 years. I think that's why I get a little miffed if I see a new team complaining about not winning.
Good things come to those who wait...and practice.

Just curious how long it took you to get sick of eating your own BBQ (Comp) ? We didnt even make it to the first contest and we were tired of our own.

Coz
04-29-2010, 08:26 PM
Last year in LaPorte City, IA they had 25 teams and I think 10 of those had been to the Jack and 14 or 15 had a GC under their belt. It included the #2 overall, previous Jack champ and AR Open champ. Tough crowd.

Thats definately tuff sleddin.

DawgPhan
04-29-2010, 08:29 PM
I know I took a class to help me out. The Pellet Envy class probably knocked off a couple of contests.

thenewguy
04-29-2010, 09:14 PM
That's what everyone said after the class...just sayin.

Rub
04-29-2010, 09:31 PM
Just curious how long it took you to get sick of eating your own BBQ (Comp) ? We didnt even make it to the first contest and we were tired of our own.
I have gone through waves. Loved the pork for the first year, then chicken, then ribs, now my brisket. Just have to come up with creative ways of eating it.

Bunny
04-29-2010, 10:18 PM
We've taken a lotto blue ribbons, one at the American Royal for Ribs and three first place loser -- RGC. Been cooking since 1987. But wait, there's always tomorrow!:roll: Even a blind pig finds a corn cob once in awhile.

Rich and Bunny KCass BBQ

Spydermike72
04-30-2010, 06:38 AM
We are still working on our first GC. Of course we have only cooked 4 comps with the current lineup, so it will come.

Muddy River Boy
04-30-2010, 06:40 AM
I am still beating my head against the brick wall of GC! Been doing this for about 9 years. Still think it's gonna happen some day.:pray:

Prairie Smoke
04-30-2010, 11:06 AM
First G.C. was at our second Sanctioned contest ever.
Second G.C. was at our third contest.

BUT This was in the Canadian Prairies, competition is not quite as thick up here... :tumbleweed: yet!

JD McGee
04-30-2010, 11:18 AM
3 was charm for team Left Hand Smoke...:becky:

Bentley
04-30-2010, 12:28 PM
Took GC in 2nd overall & KCBS contest I ever did 2003. Took 2nd GC in 2006 IBCA contest. I have been told by folks they were small contest and no one was really competing in CA at that time, so they really don't count.

Took 17th in Pork at American Royal Invitational 2003, that was our 3rd contest overall.

moocow
05-03-2010, 10:05 AM
We got our first this weekend! It was our 8 contest.

musicmanryann
05-03-2010, 11:46 AM
4th was the lucky charm for us. Craziest day of my life--will NEVER forget!

HoDeDo
05-03-2010, 12:34 PM
I would say that the big differentiator for me... was the frequency I cooked in one year... There were lots of years I cooked 10 or less contests... as I added more, the calls became more frequent... and when we started cooking 20+ a year, the RGCs, Big Calls, and GC's started to flow. To win many GC's I think the key is frequency of cooking... to build the consistency across all weather conditions, meat conditions, stuff you forget, etc.

musicmanryann
05-03-2010, 01:49 PM
To win many GC's I think the key is frequency of cooking... to build the consistency across all weather conditions, meat conditions, stuff you forget, etc.

Spoken like a true pitmaster. You are really on to something there...:thumb:

Jorge
05-03-2010, 01:51 PM
4th was the lucky charm for us. Craziest day of my life--will NEVER forget!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Seeing you guys get your first at Qlossal last year is a highlight that's going to last for a long time with me!:becky:

Hoggy Style
05-04-2010, 06:35 AM
23 for Hoggy Style

Diva
05-04-2010, 10:32 PM
23 for Hoggy Style

Didn't you win a rib competition prior to that? ;-)

Bentley
05-06-2010, 10:15 AM
.. and when we started cooking 20+ a year, the RGCs, Big Calls, and GC's started to flow.

Wow..20+ a year, we have been competing since 2003 and we maybe approaching our 30th contest...Wonder if it would make a difference or we would still suck.

KC_Bobby
05-06-2010, 05:32 PM
So far we got:
21 people who earned a GC within their first 10 comps
16 who earned it from their 11-20th
5 who won in comps 21-30
0 between 31-40 and
3 with 41 plus comps

Something seems fishy. :fish2:
I really don't think this is a very scientific poll. I'm going to guess that teams that won early were happy to add their result and various teams that didn't may not have added to the poll. Nothing wrong with that, I just don't see this poll telling the whole story. I would have thought that those who won in their first 10 are the minority and the more first wins somewhere in the 16-30 marks or even higher.

moocow
05-06-2010, 06:12 PM
I am glad to be in the Minority, aren't you?:-D Although I think you are right Bob, there might be a scientific reason the top 10 in most contests is heavy with Brethren.

KC_Bobby
05-06-2010, 09:58 PM
I'm not necessarily in the minority - but that's why I started the thread. I asked because I thought since it was fairly early in the year and we've had a presence of new teams that it would provide the newer teams some background and support. Without publicly admitting it, I'd guess many of us that didn't hear our names called after the first comp or two wondered what we had to do in order to hear it.

Based on the results, it counts 123 members how have competed and voted. I think we still have many more members who compete. I guess we could count the team listing, but we know many of those teams don't check in on a regular basis.

I'm fairly sure that more than 46 brethren teams have won a sanction competition. I'm pretty sure I know of more than 3 teams who have mentioned they had a challenge getting their first.

Honestly, I'm amazed at the number of teams have a GC prior to 10 comps - that's incredible and a hell of an accomplishment. Major kudos to them. I also give kudos to the teams that went through the long haul with good results, but just didn't get the GC for one reason or another. Hell, I give kudos to nearly all teams for the fact that I believe over 75% of teams at any given comp produce better BBQ than anyone would get served at most BBQ restaurants. Living in the KC area and listening to people on a daily basis argue about which BBQ place is best - I think that's a compliment to all who compete.