Swinebuck, funny, that's exactly why I'm talking to a few MIM/MBA cookoff organizers about switching to KCBS, FBA, or the new GBA (here the Gawga).
I'm a MIM/MBA judge, and LOVE them, but D A M N it takes a BIG team, and
BIG BIG BIG bucks. Whereas damn good cooks on a 2 person team can not only
compete in KCBS but win.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.