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Competition BBQ *On Topic Only* Discussion regarding all aspects of Competition BBQ. Experiences competing or visiting, questions, getting started, Equipment, announcements of events, Results, Reviews, Planning, etc. Questions here will be responded to with competition BBQ in mind.

View Poll Results: Why do yo compete in BBQ contests?
To see old friends and meet new ones with thew same interests 31 35.23%
The money!! 2 2.27%
Name recognition for my business 7 7.95%
To crush my opponents and become king of the BBQ world 14 15.91%
I'm an insomniac so I might as well stay up all night cooking 2 2.27%
I'm ultra competitive but I'm too old and fat to run a marathon 32 36.36%
Voters: 88. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-04-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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Default Why do you compete?

I'm really curious about why other people do it.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:34 PM   #2
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We do because its something we can do as a family.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:36 PM   #3
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At first it was all about braggin' rights..."Hey man...look at me!" Now it's mostly about the people...hangin' out with friends (old and new)...having a few cold ones and talkin' story! Still...there's the anticipation and rush you get each time you get a call!
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:28 PM   #4
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To have fun and see your ugly mug, lol!
Don't get me wrong, I go to do my best, but I can only do comps a few times a year due to catering, the fishing biz and the day job.

Trying to do at least five this year!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:00 PM   #5
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I would say at this point(I have done 6 comps) it is for the rush of the call and the challenge. Those are getting pushed back a little more at each contest by the great people I have met and the friendships I have formed. The contest that really showed me what is was about was at Shannon, IL. When I took a class from rub with swampboys and seen how everybody helped him out to make sure he had what he needed coming all the way from FL. Scotty, his girls and sister from cancersucks Chicago and Todd with ployboys are the best.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:06 PM   #6
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You need a slot for "It's a great way to spend time with my family where everyone has a job, and everyone shares in the reward."
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:24 PM   #7
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I can't tell you, I compete...
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:07 AM   #8
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Because BBQ competition isn't "black and white" -- what works today may flop tomorrow. Lots and lots of variables. CHALLENGE
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:57 AM   #9
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You need to allow multiple answers. The only one I wouldn't click is that insomniac one.

Say what you want at the end of the day if you are really there to win then it's the competitive spirit that drives you. I think it's great to meet new friends, see old ones again and it's extremely relaxing for me. When I just do a contest and don't vend it's like a holiday. It was that way before I started vending and was still doing consulting.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:12 AM   #10
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I do it for the chicks

Just don't tell the wife.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:22 AM   #11
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For me it's a combination of the 1st and last. I like the competition, it brings back the rush of being young and playing sports, but I am not super competitive. Then Along the way I have made many new friends.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:42 AM   #12
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I enjoy it because it's a chance to get together with a bunch of other people who share the same love of cooking bbq. I also enjoy it because it's competitive, but not to the point of taking the fun out of it.

Friday is like a tailgate and Saturday is for the competition, but at awards, it's all about listening for your name and the names of your friends.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:58 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Buster Dog BBQ View Post
We do because its something we can do as a family.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:55 PM   #14
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For me, initially, I wanted to get a better idea of how good (or bad) my Q really was. Friends and family are reliable benchmarks but they won't always tell you straight up if something is amiss or lacking. They don't want to offend nor risk getting cut off. Competing has really given me the opportunity to travel, meet new friends and share in the sucess and disappointments of competing.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:59 PM   #15
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I've only done one comp so far, back in April. I've wanted to for a while, I've helped other teams before and didn't have much say in the process or product so I decided to do it on my own. My Dad and I always talked about it, but unfortunately we lost him back in February. I like to compete, and didn't know so much about the camaraderie until I did the comp in April. I was sandwiched between two extremely helpful pitmasters and they offered tips and advice. My family was there to help and I think I've hooked my Mom and Sister. We're looking forward to more cookoffs in 2011, and to learn how to use our new Backwoods Fatty.
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