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Unread 09-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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If you have been cooking BY and want to try the pro division and don't do good can you go back to backyard?
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Unread 09-21-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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Yes. There is nothing that prevents you from competing in the backyard divisions after doing sanctioned events.
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On the other hand, most teams are bad when they start. Stick with it for a while, even if you do poorly. We were bad when we started . We still aren't an elite team, but heading to the Royal, SAMs National, and The Jack this year. Who knows where it could take you?
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If what you want to do is go back to "backyard" cooking after cooking "pro" for a while, I'd make sure before I tried to do so that the contest I'm looking at participating in doesn't have a problem with it - many contests frown on that sort of thing, and there's nothing preventing an organizer from making a rule about that for their contest. True, I've know plenty of contests that don't care one way or the other, but in going back to "backyard" after cooking "pro" you are likely to earn the disdain of many other cookers - many of whom have been where you are and wondered the same things you are. But I have to agree with Chris - stick with it & watch where it takes you!!

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Honestly I think cooking in the pro divisions are the best way to improve your product. BY doesn't always have CBJs so you may not be getting accurate feedback. At least you have a standard to strive for.
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Depending on the situation, it may be allowed, but I can tell you with confidence that even if you don't place all that well after you move up, that cooking the backyard division will probably not do it for you anymore.
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Yes. There is nothing that prevents you from competing in the backyard divisions after doing sanctioned events.
Not true.

Some backyard events do not allow anyone to participate who has cooked Pro - the Shadetree division at The Jack is the most well-known example.
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Yea, I am for sure not ready for pro but there is a kcbs comp here close and was just wanting to try It just once for now. Who knows, like some have mentioned I might like it and stay. I just want to know I can go back to BY if I don't
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Yea, I am for sure not ready for pro but there is a kcbs comp here close and was just wanting to try It just once for now. Who knows, like some have mentioned I might like it and stay. I just want to know I can go back to BY if I don't
Sure you can but if you go back to backyard and win just be prepared for some of the whiners complaining that your a pro team. They'll probably complain to the organizer too.
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Common thread here.

A little reading from the recent past:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...light=backyard

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Common thread here.

A little reading from the recent past:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...light=backyard

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Ya, Bill has the organizers and cookers complaining to him, and he didn't even cook the event. Thats the kind of stuff that can happen.
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Yea, I am for sure not ready for pro but there is a kcbs comp here close and was just wanting to try It just once for now. Who knows, like some have mentioned I might like it and stay. I just want to know I can go back to BY if I don't
go for it. if you like it and time , money and family or friends are there that is all it is about . it is just bbq . alot of people can't dedicate 2 days for a contest every weekend or 500.00 -700.00 every contest. cook any contest that you fill comfortable cooking . with rules that are in play. good luck
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Yea, I am for sure not ready for pro but there is a kcbs comp here close and was just wanting to try It just once for now. Who knows, like some have mentioned I might like it and stay. I just want to know I can go back to BY if I don't
I'm not far from you at all. Let me know if you have any questions. We are by no means a top tier team, but we hold our own and have learned a ton of stuff.
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We are in the same boat. And alas most backyard comps around here will not let you in even if you have only been in one Pro event.
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I'd rather the organizers charge 75% of the Pro entry fee, make 3 meats mandatory and had a maximum purse of $1,000 for Backyard contests.

It's almost comical to go to a contest and see a "Backyard" team with a 32' MBN type trailer with two huge cabinet smokers, 12' stainless steel counterop/bar, 37 monogramed folding chairs, bar stools, TV and Fridge or a "Backyard" team roll in with a 35' Toy hauler.

What are they there for?? Their minimum expense for the weekend is twice the maximum payout they can attain. Plus, it's not their first contest. No, it's not about the money as much as it's not their first few contests. You don't buy all that stuff before you've got your feet wet a few times.

My question is this- If you cook more than 2 backyard contests.... Why?
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