Originally Posted by CivilWarBBQ
OK, then I'll chime in again with my own ideas.
Backyard is much more accessible to the average Joe or Jane, and these folks really embody the roots of BBQ - no high dollar rigs, just a tent, some lawn chairs and an old battered kettle, but a whole lot of pride and excitement about what they are doing.
It is much easier to get new folks hooked on competition cooking when you can give them a taste of the action for the cost of a tank of gas, Also, sanctioning Backyard means many more judging opportunities, getting even more PAYING members of KCBS involved.
I have to agree! How many times has some one said that all his friends tell him that his BBQ is the best? And how disappointed / angry he was after his first / only / last comp? If there had been a way to go up against other backyarders instead of just jumping in head to head with the big boys (and the big $$$ it cost) it might have helped the learning curve and/or dampened the disappointment some.