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Old 01-21-2020, 09:03 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by manmeatbbq View Post
Master Series are the Pro comps. These are currently the only comps that count towards Team of the Year in KCBS. The rules are consistent from comp to comp. These are the comps that you are most likely familiar with from 6 years ago, they just didn't have the "Master Series" name.

Competitor Series are typically invitational type of events. These events don't count towards the TOY. The organizer can make whatever rules or format they want with these.

Backyard contests are a great way to get back in to competing, if you can find comps in your area. You typically won't see pro teams being allowed to cook these. Also, backyard contests often don't have all 4 meats. KCBS is looking to have a backyard TOY points chase, I'm just not sure where it is in development.

Good luck and welcome back to this crazy world of bbq.
Excellent summary! Just a couple of additions...

Master series are always chicken, ribs, pork and brisket, and can include additional categories based on the organizer's desires

Competitor series can include the traditional categories, but can also include non-standard categories. One that we did last fall had chicken, ribs and anything goes, and all counted towards the GC.

For Backyard there is a limit to the number of master series comps that you can cook in before you are no longer eligible for backyard. Double check the KCBS site for those details.

As far as which to choose that's up to you. You may not qualify for backyard based on past cooks, so that one may be ruled out.
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