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Unread 02-12-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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What are some ideas for cook and judges gifts
We are not doing t-shirts this year so just looking
For some little things that they can use
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Unread 02-12-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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whiskey and/or beer are always some of my faves
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GOOD, quality snack foods!!
something the cooks can munch on during the comp. Favorites so far have been brownies, nothing like a good sugar high right before turn-ins begin!!
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From a judge's perspective, I've always liked product demo's, i.e., bbq sauce, hot sauce, etc.

From a cook's perspective, breakfast!

Some folks really like to collect pins when they are available, but I have never seen it in a give away.
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I can only speak from a judge's perspective, but I always liked t-shirts, pins, and samplers of sauces/rubs.
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In 11 years of judging, we've gotten all kinds of things in goodie bags! Besides T's, the things we use most are soft-sided 6-pack coolers (for beverages, not leftovers), and some imprinted hand towels that have become our constant judging companions. The soft coozies are always good - even if we have hundreds, it's surprising how often we forget to bring one along! Samples of rubs and sauces are great too, and I'm a huge fan of pins (I'm about ready for a Boy Scout sash to wear them all on now!), but please, no more key rings!
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As a cook, I can honestly say one of the things I appreciate most in a goodie bag is a simple ziploc bag with a few homemade cookies. We never remember to bring any such treats and everybody loves a good tollhouse or oatmeal raisin. :)
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Personally, a t-shirt is always nice, but I have way too many of them as it is.
Forget the cozies, key-chains, pens, pencils, writing pads, coupons to local establishments that we will never visit (unless it is for Dairy Queen), stickers, magnets, and everything else that has nothing to do with barbecue.
I do like sample rubs and sauces, and snacks are always welcome. A carbonated beverage (NON-adult) would always be welcomed for the ride home.
Pins representing the event are welcome, but again, I have way too many of these as it is.

A few events have gotten creative and give the judges a folding chair, cooler, BBQ utensils in a case, umbrella, a 12-pack of Pepsi products, a WHOLE cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, and other "different" items. Makes the desire to return to these events even greater than normal.

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