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Unread 01-26-2008, 10:11 PM   #16
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Funny that this thread started. My wife just finished computing my BBQ expenses this year. HOLY CHIT!!! I was stunned. This was my first year competing and we did 4 comps and paid for everything. A lot of the expenses were start up costs, such as trailer, smokers, tables etc. Wow, I'm really in the dog house now.
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Unread 01-26-2008, 10:23 PM   #17
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You get to spend quality time with family and friends. How can you put a price on that? And by now, most of your equipment is paid for (except for replacing ruined ez-ups).
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Unread 01-26-2008, 10:41 PM   #18
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Well as far as we go the team splits the amount of the comps between us. My wife and I buy all the stuff for sauces , rubs etc. Sponsors are hard to come by around here.
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Unread 01-26-2008, 10:52 PM   #19
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To be honest we don't count how much it costs anymore. I guess if you have to ask you probably can't afford it. We are not Gods gift to championship BBQ, at least not yet, ya never know. We do it as a family thing. My brother and I do this along with our families. We do it because we all absolutely love it. How can we put a price on something we love. Everyone on the team contributes in one way or another, even our moms, who will from time to time, contribute a case of soda or beer and some cold cuts for lunch Saturday. We set a yearly budget between my brother and I of about $5000. We compete until the money runs out. We set out to do 8 contests and see where it goes depending on our schedules. I spent a few dinaro getting us set up with the right equipment in the beginning because I had some extra cash and thought it would make it a little easier on the team. You can get yourself set up for alot less than we did. Even if you cook just one contest you will be better of for it. The people are wonderful and the amount of fun is limitless. If you don't have fun competing at a BBQ contest there is something wrong with you.
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I'm with Guy. In it for the fun. I don't belong to a gym, don't golf or fish. BBQ is MY time so if I spend a little bit doing a few contests a year, so be it. I'll do four this summer and maybe five next year, but that's about it.
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Unread 01-26-2008, 11:55 PM   #21
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well put!!!!!!! except my family I really dont do anything. I love the look on friends faces when I get one step closer to getting it right!
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I'm with Guy. In it for the fun. I don't belong to a gym, don't golf or fish. BBQ is MY time so if I spend a little bit doing a few contests a year, so be it. I'll do four this summer and maybe five next year, but that's about it.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 03:31 AM   #22
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well put!!!!!!! except my family I really dont do anything. I love the look on friends faces when I get one step closer to getting it right!

Absolutely right on Target! Thats why even when we don't do as well we cook another contest!
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Unread 01-27-2008, 08:52 AM   #23
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I'm always looking for a sponsor..

But cooked about 15 contest last year...I pick cookoffs that don't cost a arm & leg to enter...Royal was the big one last year, but also cooked 5 over 50 teams, and 2 over 100 teams..

Always helps to pick up a little change in winnings...just to pay to play the game again...

Lucky I'm here in the Houston area...can cook many within 50 miles from the house...

Some big, some small, some sanctioned, some non-sanctioned...

But the party never ends!!!!
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Unread 01-27-2008, 06:40 PM   #24
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Our team is through our Vol. Fire Company. For our 1st contest I got a local pizza guy to donate ribs and chicklen, a local bar to pay the entrance fee and we spit up the rest. This year we are having our own cook-off in May, hopefully we make enough to afford the three we want to enter.
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We did 5-6 the ;ast couple years. Out of our own pocket, but that is a little self serving. We have a catering business, and a few awards sure help out the PR. We can advertise a GC, and do! We have spent about $10,000 over 3 years, and won maybe $4,000. The catering side business does really well, so we call it advertising.
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We had some help from a local communications company that my friend owns. That paid for 6 of the 12 entry fees for last year. The rest (entry, food, and other expences) comes out of my pocket.

Its a hobby. Most hobbies, racing, golf, motorcycles, cost $. I'm in it for fun and sometimes it cost to have it!
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I think I'm going to start a spreadsheet with ALL my expenses and income from BBQ for 2008 and just see how badly I take a beating! Might make me re-think 2009.
Don't do it. Don and I have a spreadsheet so we can even out the costs ... and ... umm well ... we try to keep all other eyes off it.

Oh, and I didn't play even one hole of golf in 2007 to pay my half. But on the plus side, my bad swing habits should be gone.
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My corporation sponsors my team
In other words I pay for my play
We only get to cook a few because
we organize many of the events we
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My corporation sponsors my team
In other words I pay for my play
We only get to cook a few because
we organize many of the events we
attend

Now that has me thinking As a small biz owner, can I sponsor myself and then write it off on the business side? Sounds like time to call my CPA
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I have worked a part time bartending job the last two years, and basicly used that money to compete. I wish I could drum up some sponsorship dough so I don't have to work so hard, but it is not easy.

But I really don't worry about the $$$ so much. I've really enjoyed competing with friends, making new ones and just being part of the scene. There is no better hobby in my opinion.
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