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Old 05-10-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Let's just say the competition is close to your home so their wont be any traveling or lodging expenses. I'd love to get out there in a year or so just for fun, to learn, to greet and hope I dont come in dead last. How much does it cost to compete?
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:31 PM   #2
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$500-$600 would be my estimate. That would depend on how much you cook and where you source it from. It also depends on the entry fee. I always figure $700 within 2 hours from home and $1000+ for anything further away.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:34 PM   #3
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There's the supplies, cooker of course, tables, chairs, knives, cutting boards, sinks, tents, etc.

Average sanctioned competition entry fee for a smaller competition, say KCBS, would be around $250, not including any entry fees for peoples choice or ancillaries. Meat, spices/rubs, injections, foils, etc. For very short trips, say under 2 hours each way, we'll spend $700 to $800 total. That's KCBS, FBA, etc. MBN, so far I haven't spent less than $1,200, but I hope to do this very thing this year at a close one where I have no travel costs (well, $10 in RV gas) and entering only ribs and pork shoulder, no ancillaries, and hopefully we'll cut it to about $900+-.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:40 PM   #4
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Fark! That's a lot of cash! You guys have just witnessed the shortest career of a BBQ competitor ever!!
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:44 PM   #5
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Fark! That's a lot of cash! You guys have just witnessed the shortest career of a BBQ competitor ever!!

With 97% of my cooks in Texas, i would say $400 minimum per event..
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:50 PM   #6
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Ignoring the equipment since that is used multiple times we average about $150 for meat, rubs, sauces, etc, $250 entry fee, and up to $200 in fuel (for longer drives).

Its depressing when you break it down... :(
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:53 PM   #7
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500.00 is a starting budget for us including entry fee. Some are a little less some are more.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:18 PM   #8
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Louisville 2011....meat, sauce, rubs and consumables...300...400 entry 200 gas, 100 food/beer and 100 misc...1100..not a cheap hobby, but it sure is fun!!!!
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I figure a thousand dollar bill when I pull my trailer out of the driveway at home. Some will be less and some will be more, but the average is $1,000.00.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:34 PM   #10
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I think I cook on a pretty frugal budget and figuring I have the cooker already and doing the local contest with no driving I can go for $350. That is only stuff to cook the contest. I can't count things that I consume while I'm there because I'd do that no matter where I was.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:54 PM   #11
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700.00 average for kcbs
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:56 PM   #12
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For me, it usually goes something like this:

$250 for entry fee
$100 for an extra 10' on the cook site
$200 for competition meats
$50 for charcoal
$100 for gas (or more depending on how far)
$150 for beer and food for the boys (plus booze from the cabinet)

$850 total
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:30 PM   #13
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$750. I have a sponsor that helps CONSIDERABLY to knock that number down.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:34 PM   #14
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$700 but I plan on upping that! Cause I'm gonna bring more shrimp from now on !!!!
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:53 PM   #15
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We spend $300.00 - $400.00 on average here for local comps... We recoup some of our expenses by selling our leftover comp meats to family, friends, and co-workers...
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