If my local compadres wanted to cook Sam's in the past it was a 900 mile drive (one way) to Salt Lake City or 1,225 to San Diego. Damned right, PNWBA folks are pleased to see Sam's is coming to Renton, WA. (Scratchin' my head over only having 6 days to be at the regional in Las Vegas - 1,200 miles away but what the hell. I won't qualify anyway!) Damn right Sam's knows what they are doing. Bazillion dollar corporation, folks. They don't do ANYTHING by accident. Finally, take another look at that map. The one lone pin in the region consisting of Mont, Idaho, Ore & Wash is there for the very first time, unless I'm mistaken. Yeah, we're KCBS members, up here. We cook the VERY few KCBS events we get but mostly cook PNWBA events because they're scheduled most EVERY weekend through the season. Thanks SAM'S. We're really looking forward to it!
Pat 'MADDOG' Maddock, MADDOG'S BBQ (PNWBA, KCBS), "One farkin' vegan at a time!"