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Old 03-30-2013, 10:03 AM   #6
Lake Dogs
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Join Date: 07-14-09
Location: Lake Sinclair, GA

99% of "pro" teams aren't actually professional BBQ competitors; the money isn't there to keep 'em in trucks n such. They're hobbyists; same as you. However, that doesn't mean that these guys aren't very seasoned and quite accomplished. Many are.

+1000 what the guys said above. If the money difference isn't significant for you, you'll learn MUCH more in the sanctioned "pro" area than you ever will in the backyard area. Plus, you'll get to see how your BBQ measures up to theirs.
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.
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