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Unread 01-10-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
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When I started cooking, I wanted nothing more than to go win a trophy. We worked hard and did that. Our goal then became "let's win a GC". Did that. Since then we have been SWAMPED with local catering and vending, but still found time for 4 contests last year.

I am looking at my calendar this year, and actually thinking about doing 0 contests. Somebody talk me out of focusing so d*** hard on the money!
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Thats what its about though.
Making Money doing what you love doing.
Or as Myron says,
Its not about Winning, Its about getting PAID
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Been smoking for 20 years. Went to one competition to see what all the fuss was about.
I won a 1st Place Trophy in Brisket and a 1st Place Trophy in Chicken.
Worked my Arse off and and will never do another comp.

It's ALL about the money and I don't care enough about a 3 dollar trophy to spend thousands try to get more. They collect dust, and really, who cares about them anyway?

Go for the money and keep your bussiness going. The economy is slowing SO much, I would take care of business and play later.

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It depends on what you look for in a Comp. Are you going to JUST try and win or do you go to meet new people and talk to old friends to don't always get to see. I would not like doing contests if we ONLY went to WIN. We like to go and have a good time.....we try our best and hope we will something....but that is not the main goal. When we stop having fun......it's time to stay home. JMHO
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Mans gotta eat...nothing wrong with making money.....make hay while the sun shines...the phone could stop ringing...then what....you can play later...a comp once in a while wont hurt, but go for it, make it while you can.
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It depends on what you look for in a Comp. Are you going to JUST try and win or do you go to meet new people and talk to old friends to don't always get to see. I would not like doing contests if we ONLY went to WIN. We like to go and have a good time.....we try our best and hope we will something....but that is not the main goal. When we stop having fun......it's time to stay home. JMHO
I'm with you on this one. I find that recently, I have more fun at the potlucks we host on Friday night. It's also fun vending for the People's choice and making some extra cash.
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I don't think your greedy at all just because your making money and not competing. Your simply placing importance on what meets your needs at this particular time the most.
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I'm with you on this one. I find that recently, I have more fun at the potlucks we host on Friday night. It's also fun vending for the People's choice and making some extra cash.
Exactly!!! I have made more friends this past year. I love seeing everyone every couple of weeks (if not more). We usually do a potluck dinner Friday night and then someone usually volunteers to make breakfast for Sat. morning.

Now if you NEED to make the money....that's a different story. But if you enjoy going to the contests, then I say pick your favorite 1 or 2 and do those. There usually is a happy medium.

Soooo Neil.....are you going to try and come out this way for a contest???? or be a guest cook for one? hint hint
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Make money first but you have to do something for fun. I have been a competitor all my life. Baseball, football, basketball until I got to old. Then I got into golf, darts, cards, bass tourneys. I cant help it, im a competition guy. Sitting here looking at my bbq trophies might not mean much to someone else, but they are special to me. I was going to get a copy of one of our trophys for my brother and i got a quote of $250.00. Its a nice one. There isnt a speck of dust on it neither just smudge marks from me kissing it.
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Been smoking for 20 years. Went to one competition to see what all the fuss was about.
I won a 1st Place Trophy in Brisket and a 1st Place Trophy in Chicken.
Worked my Arse off and and will never do another comp.

It's ALL about the money and I don't care enough about a 3 dollar trophy to spend thousands try to get more. They collect dust, and really, who cares about them anyway?

Go for the money and keep your bussiness going. The economy is slowing SO much, I would take care of business and play later.

PARTY!!!!!!!!!
KA - I thought with you it was all about the girls
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The O'l Richard Man!!!
That's why I don't compete anymore. I can have BEAUTIFUL girls come to me right here at the Harley Shop. Why would I go away and spend a bunch of $$$$ when I get the CHOICE girls here for MY BBQ and (you got it) Pics 'O Chicks!!!!!!!!!?
PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
New ones are coming in this Spring. Keep your eye out for a sample pic, Richard.
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Kim Quote: Soooo Neil.....are you going to try and come out this way for a contest???? or be a guest cook for one? hint hint

Yea Neil...remember we were talking about you picking up your new smoker and driving it home....to go in your new driveway....huh huh... Kim, lets get him to come to Atchinson to join in the echos:)
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Wow! Looks like I need to make a trip to the midwest. I'll have to ask MrsMista if I can come out to play.


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We need to get Ed to post the Pics o Chicks
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