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rescue_ranger
09-14-2010, 02:12 PM
I am trying to figure out if there is a rhyme and reason to doing certain contest vs others and how many do you or an average team (not that we are average by any means) to do in a season, I know some of the big ticket contest are by invitation only, but I wanted to see what everyoneís thoughts or strategies this is, I hail from VA so I will be doing the east coast South east

Bentley
09-14-2010, 02:18 PM
Usually about 3.

HawgNationBBQ
09-14-2010, 02:20 PM
We do between 7 and 10 depending on the time and the location. We are doing 8 this year. Back to back events are killer for us.

ZILLA
09-14-2010, 02:23 PM
I will end up completing 25 or so by the end of December 2010. No strategies here, we just like it and can swing it so we do it. I try to stay within 100 miles of home but sometimes I go outside that boundry. I could do near 50 sanctioned cooks a year within 110 miles of home.

HawgNationBBQ
09-14-2010, 02:26 PM
I will end up completing 25 or so by the end of December 2010. No strategies here, we just like it and can swing it so we do it. I try to stay within 100 miles of home but sometimes I go outside that boundry. I could do near 50 sanctioned cooks a year within 110 miles of home.

I would add that we donít have that many sanctioned events within a 100 mile radius. If we did, we would do more. Wish I was in Texas.

Southern Home Boy
09-14-2010, 02:32 PM
I did one in 2008, one so far this year with a second coming up at the end of the month and hopefully a third in October.

But I'm just a backyard guy that has occasional delusions of competence.:roll:

Stoke&Smoke
09-14-2010, 02:37 PM
We will have done 6 by the end of October. Would like to afford to do more, but without sponsors, that's about all we can swing. I have to think that, the more a team does, the more consistent they can become

Scottie
09-14-2010, 02:45 PM
i used to do 25+ a yer. Having a full time job, full time taking care of 2 kids on my own, trying to run a foundation, keep up a house and compete in that many contests wore my ass out. My goal was to cut it back to 15 contests this year. I think I will be at 16 or 17 for the season. Hope to cut that back next year as well. Just too much work. I've achieved BBQ goals that I've wanted and don't really have to prove it anymore...

ique
09-14-2010, 02:49 PM
Around 10. Would like to do more but life interferes.

moocow
09-14-2010, 02:50 PM
We will do 9 this year plus we did a charity cook for kookers kare early in the year. We try to stick to about 1 every 4 weeks or so. We split everything 4 ways so it makes it a bit easier on the wallet and we are able to do more than if we were just a 1 or 2 man team.

Todd Ras
09-14-2010, 04:26 PM
We did 4 this year, but had 5 scheduled but Bellevue, NE was flooded out. We have a 6 member team who are all in our early 30's and trying to find time around kids and work is just challenging. It does help the pocket book to have a large team and if we had more time and were single we might do more.

We have already talked about 2011 and I think we will end up doing 3-4 with one of those being out of town as a little road trip for the guys.

JD McGee
09-14-2010, 06:43 PM
Too damn many...:twisted: This season was a full court press to get to The Jack...:flame:
I have done 11 as Left Hand Smoke (12 counting The Jack :becky:). I will do 3 as SouthPaw BBQ...15 total.

Next year I plan to do a little more catering on the weekends (the pay is much better :thumb:)...so maybe 6-8 comps...:cool:

Lake Dogs
09-14-2010, 06:48 PM
Between chili cookoffs and BBQ cookoffs, we try to do 8 - 12 cookoffs. However, these
past 2 years have seen financial troubles hit teammates as well as a few tremendous
expenses myself, so we're down to 1 chili cookoff and 1 BBQ cookoff each year. We
do hope to get back, but it's not looking good for 2011.

Ron_L
09-14-2010, 06:59 PM
8 our first year, 16 last year and either 16 or 17 this year. We try to stay within 5 hours drive of home. If we have to choose between two on a weekend we'll look at the venue, the competition reputation, the payout and the drive.

Lion Bout The Q
09-14-2010, 07:45 PM
We have done 11 and have the Royal left and possibly one more

Pigs on Fire
09-14-2010, 07:47 PM
I'd do one every weekend if I could take off every Friday and had $2,000 a month to spend on it.

2Fat
09-14-2010, 08:02 PM
this year did five--most was 12 iirc--would like to cook every weekend---if there really was a money tree in the backyard like our kids always though!!!!! Now think I'll play more golf!!

SMITTYtheSMOKER
09-14-2010, 08:17 PM
We've competed in 8-14 a year for the past 3 years. But we are forced to drive quite a bit to do that many. Wish we could do more close to home, we had only 2 contest this year within 100 miles of us. Our Eggs will have over 10,000 miles on them in 2010 alone.

Rub
09-14-2010, 08:23 PM
'08 was 30
'09 was 34
'10 looks to be down to 26, but I've added a weekend long promo for Kingsford in Daytona and one in Detroit.
Also taught 2 - (2 day) BBQ classes with at least one more scheduled. And picking up more catering.
I'm backing off the contests some to do more family stuff.

Alexa RnQ
09-14-2010, 08:28 PM
In our first season that we decided to take a real stab at competing, we did 16 events.
The next year we did 26. This year will probably top out at about that number or a little less.
Our average one-way drive is six and a half hours; the longest being something like sixteen hours (?) -- not counting Tennessee.
Who knows what we'd be doing if we lived in an area with lots more available contests.

brock957
09-14-2010, 08:34 PM
Plan on doing 8 to 11. Want to do enough GBA events to be in the top 10 to be eligible for the best of the best. Plus some other state championships and qualifiers to see what we can get invited to. So we'll do a KCBS or 2 and a FBA or 2. Plus all the reasons everyone else said too.
Figure out what you want to accomplish and set your schedule up for the best way to do it.

Jeff_in_KC
09-14-2010, 08:36 PM
Normally around ten. This year it will be 23 or 24 by the time December rolls around. Our "strategy" changes with the season's situation... we will do lesser paying contests regardless of payout because of our goals for 2010 but when the money gets short in the bank account, we'll change gears and hit some big payout events (like SOTW) and try to boost the funds back up to compete in even more contests. It's been crazy this year! Going back to about 10 to 12 next year!

Trucky1008
09-14-2010, 08:36 PM
This is our first year and we'll end up doing 4 comps. Our plan is to do 8-10 next year.

JayAre
09-15-2010, 08:18 AM
We've done 8 so far, one more to go. Driving distance is our biggest consideration when picking a contest, we dont really look at payout because we usually dont get paid anyway!!! :laugh: the other thing I look at is the site itself, electric, water, etc.
Our first two years we did 4 each year.

Big George's BBQ
09-15-2010, 10:18 AM
1 this year Hope to do 4-5 next year

Harbormaster
09-15-2010, 10:32 AM
Just one for me in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Hoping to do 2 or more next year now that I have a partner will ing to help share the load and really really likes to spend time at comps.

Edit: Oh, and I also try to do one charity cook each year too, which takes away money that could be used for comps.

rescue_ranger
09-15-2010, 10:54 AM
Too damn many...:twisted: This season was a full court press to get to The Jack...:flame:
I have done 11 as Left Hand Smoke (12 counting The Jack :becky:). I will do 3 as SouthPaw BBQ...15 total.

Next year I plan to do a little more catering on the weekends (the pay is much better :thumb:)...so maybe 6-8 comps...:cool:
So you run 2 teams? Can you add the points together or do you need to keep them separate. I am asking because 2 of the team members live in WV and if you win the governorís cup it is an automatic spot in the jack, this would be worth doing (the 2 team) I would die to have been invited to the Jack this year

mw
09-15-2010, 12:39 PM
So you run 2 teams? Can you add the points together or do you need to keep them separate. I am asking because 2 of the team members live in WV and if you win the governorís cup it is an automatic spot in the jack, this would be worth doing (the 2 team) I would die to have been invited to the Jack this year

Since when is winning a governor's cup an auto to Jack?:confused:

JD McGee
09-15-2010, 01:30 PM
So you run 2 teams? Can you add the points together or do you need to keep them separate. I am asking because 2 of the team members live in WV and if you win the governor?s cup it is an automatic spot in the jack, this would be worth doing (the 2 team) I would die to have been invited to the Jack this year

They are two separate teams...

RobKC
09-15-2010, 01:37 PM
Since when is winning a governor's cup an auto to Jack?:confused:

I believe he is referring to the fact there is only one contest in WV. You win that, like Hambones By the Fire has done the last 2 years, and it's an auto.

We did 10 last year and are at 14 so far this year. With the Royal Invitational and Open + another 1 or 2, we'll end up with 17 or 18 for 2010.

Prairie Smoke
09-15-2010, 04:59 PM
Just 5 for us, plus the Jack. We would love to do more, but look at where we are. Our 2010 comps:
South Dakota (10 hour drive)
Home province - 3 hours
Manitoba - 7 hours
Whistler - 23 hours
Washington - flight plus 5 hours
There was one more only 9 hours away that we missed due to a catering job.

slowerlowerbbq
09-15-2010, 08:21 PM
1 last year, 4 for us this year though we had planned on doing 5. Next year probably 4-5. The biggest deciding factors are $$$ ($600-800 per comp split between 2 of us), distance (100 miles or less is good), and time of year. Back to back weeks are out...we're too old and I'm still recovering from last weekends comp. We actually prefer to stay away from the mid-summer comps due to the excessive heat...yeah we're wimps like that...especially after this past summer. This is a good pace for us and our families, everyone always has a great time.

My deepest respect to those teams that do this week in and week out. I truly admire anyone that can pull this off like you do.

CivilWarBBQ
09-15-2010, 10:07 PM
This year cook 9 with my team, 2 with other teams, judge 11.

I'd cook twice as many if I could, but even with sponsors, there is only so many dollars available.

jbrink01
09-15-2010, 10:27 PM
4 our first year, 5 or 6 in years 2 and 3, 0 in year 4, 1 in year 5, 2 in year 6. 17 or so in 6 years. Been very fortunate to have only 3 of those with no calls and a GC in year 3. Catering really kicked in during year 3, so we focus on that now, catering in the neighbrhood of 75 events a year.

ThomEmery
09-15-2010, 10:46 PM
We cook 6 or 7

sitnfat
09-16-2010, 07:41 PM
going to our sixth this weekend in Decatur have one maybe two more after that. Already wanting to go to Lakeland in January and when is this Governers Cup you speak of I wouldnt mind adding that to next years list!

GQue
09-16-2010, 08:51 PM
4 this year which is my first year. Looking to double that for next year depending on money and time.

smknwhlswife
09-16-2010, 09:47 PM
Past 3 years we've cooked an average of 22 contests per year. Last year the the most we've ever cooked - 28 contests total. Our NY conquests last year bumped the # up. :crazy:

I don't even know where we will be at this year. I've done a bad job of keeping track. :redface: We are in the middle of redoing our website so I haven't kept up the old one. :doh: I'm thinking we will end around 20.

rksylves
09-17-2010, 07:57 AM
I'll finish this year with 10 contests cooked and 5 judged. Would like to cook more but lack of $$$ and trailer make it extremely difficult. I'm a one man team and working out of the back of my truck. A trailer would mean that I can sleep in the trailer before/after comp instead of hotel and far less loading/unloading.

Russ

5-0 BBQ
09-17-2010, 08:13 AM
Only had time for 3 this year. But we just picked up a sponsor so next year we should do around 6.

Diva
09-17-2010, 11:01 AM
30 :crazy:

Scottie
09-17-2010, 11:36 AM
30 :crazy:

Is that 30 times in boston or what? :thumb:

will you have a IPA for me?

Diva
09-17-2010, 01:13 PM
Is that 30 times in boston or what? :thumb:

will you have a IPA for me?

If there's one around I will.... :-D

Muzzlebrake
09-17-2010, 09:06 PM
Only had time for 3 this year. But we just picked up a sponsor so next year we should do around 6.

dude! its good to see you here!

The_Kapn
09-18-2010, 03:35 PM
2004 to 2008 was 1 to 6 per year.
Not really enough to cook worth a sh*t and be competetive, but all we could afford.

2009--Mrs KAPN came onboard--we got "hot"--22 events. One was with another team (GB's at Douglas).!

Ya know what?--Perfomance produces the money, confidence, and energy to stay busy.

2010--Judges do not like anything we do :redface:

Done 7 so far and have 3 left (for sure) for the rest of the year (including the invite to BOTB :-D )

So, to us it is all "situational"--kinda like Jeff said.

TIM

5-0 BBQ
09-24-2010, 02:11 PM
Muzzlebrake Thanks I like it here. Wouldn't have been here if I did not travel to New Paltz

Smokesman
09-24-2010, 03:46 PM
With young children and pesky jobs we are averaging one a month for 6 total this our rookie year in the OKI region. Last one next month.