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Old 06-06-2014, 12:43 PM   #16
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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.
Do you want to know how to make $10,000 doing BBQ comeptitions?

Start with $20,000!

There is money to be won, but, frankly, the number of teams who come out ahead for the season is small. Sponsorships if you can find them can help, but most of us do it because we love it, not to make money.

Originally Posted by rdstoll View Post
Hey Ron - I'm looking to compete sometime this summer. Is there a decent competition in the Midwest during late July or August that would be a good one to participate in as my first competition? It's hard to tell what the "hard core" events are outside of the obvious ones like Sams Club and I don't want to jump right into a super-intense competition as my first go-round.

There are several that may work.

June 13 & 14 - Brimfield, IL (near Peoria) - You may want to visit to see how things are done.

June 27 & 28 - Grafton, WI (north of Milwaukee)

July 11 & 12 - St. Charles, IL - They have a backyard competition in addition to the KCBS comp.

July 25 & 26 - Morton, IL

August 22 & 23 - Kenosha, WI

September 13 - Glen Ellyn, IL - Backyard only.

October 17 & 18 - Libertyville, IL (Lamb's Farm)

Info on all of these except Glen Ellyn is on the KCBS web site.
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:54 PM   #17
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Great info guys....thanks!
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:22 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Ron_L View Post
Do you want to know how to make $10,000 doing BBQ comeptitions?

Start with $20,000!

BINGO!! ^^^ this ^^^

The absolute best, most consistent, etc. tend to (at the end of the year) break even.
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