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Old 06-06-2014, 12:30 PM   #15
Lake Dogs
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Join Date: 07-14-09
Location: Lake Sinclair, GA

Originally Posted by bacchus99 View Post
$500 to $1000 a contest huh? Is there money to get won back? Or is this pretty much a money pit hobby? RC car racing definitely is/was.
I've competed in probably 30 BBQ competitions over the past few years. As it ends up, averages being averages, we've made back roughly or just over half of the money spent. For us, it's definitely a hobby. I dont think it's a full time money making paying-the-house-payment endeavor for anyone in the nation (ie. there is no real/pure "Professional"). Mind you, some have restaurants or other BBQish jobs and the competitions help promote their things, but they're not feeding the kids with the winnings...
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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