Originally Posted by drbbq
I don’t think there is a simple answer about “How to get sponsors”.
First off you have to decide if you’re after a few free briskets or someone to pay your bills while you travel to cookoffs. It’s really two different things....
Great advice Ray.
Something that has worked for us the last couple of years is offering to cook and provide an 'experience' for the Sponsors VIPs. We have worked with Cattlemans and Harpoon Brewery and they'll send in restaurant owners who are good customers to experience championship barbecue. It could just be partying or we have shown barbecue and side dish ideas that can be used back at the restaurant. If the VIPs come away raving and ultimately become stonger customers of the sponsor its a win for everyone.