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Unread 01-06-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what the difference is between pro bbq teams and so called backyard bbq teams in competition? Thanks.
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Unread 01-06-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
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generally money and the quality of competition
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Depends on the comp. Some comps use the same rules for both, the only real difference is the entry fee and the prizes ( backyard tends to be much smaller, if any cash prizes, generally trophies and bragging rights) Some comps have a smaller backyard cook with only two of the 4 comp meats or 1 meat and stew, etc. THere are many variations in what you cook in backyard, main difference i have seen is cost of entry fee, and prizes.
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It depends on the contest, but, backyard will usually only cook 2 or 3 categories, generally chicken and ribs since they can be done in a single day. There may be a chef's choice mixed in there. Entry fee's are generally less as well as the payout.
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i think hes talking about the teams, not the contest.

Im not sure if this is factual, and anyone correct me if im wrong, but it was explained to me in a casual conversation that your considered "a pro" if you've gotten paid.. amateur/backyard if not. So that first walk where u get a check makes u a pro. I think this was in relation to the different competition 'series' that KCBS was offering. Pro, Competitor, Ironman, etc..



There was a real hot thread on this a while back. i will see if i can find it.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 07:13 AM   #6
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I recently moved to Pro from Backyard. The major difference is $$ payout, entry fees, competition categories, and judging. For example, last year a Kenessaw Pigs & Peach Backyard had 3 categories (Shoulder, Ribs, and Chicken). Pro's also do brisket. BY and Pros have Any Thing But. There were roughly 50 pros and 40 BY competitors. All were judged per KCBS but Pro judges were all certified, BY mostly certified with some local celebs.

Backyard is good competition and offers a great way to learn some of the ropes from the Pros. Hope to see you on the BBQ trail.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 07:15 AM   #7
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Just a clarification, most of the KCBS sanctioned events we've participated in also pay $$ for Backyard competitors but the payout is lower than Pro.
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Are there any clear rules on Backyard vs. Pro? I think once you start getting into sponsorship money that should pretty much end any backyard standing you have. I've never understood where the line is.
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Backyard rules are usually left up to the organizer, but they model them sometimes to KCBS rules.
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woohoo...im a farking pro!
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Isn't it customary for a winning backyard team to be required to "graduate" to the pro division in upcoming events?

Bottom line, the backyard divisions are designed to be "simpler"
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Isn't it customary for a winning backyard team to be required to "graduate" to the pro division in upcoming events?

Bottom line, the backyard divisions are designed to be "simpler"
These are solely my opinions, but if a team wants to eventually compete in the "pros", they should just suck it up and start there. I did, and learned a lot !.. If a team ain't sure how far they want to take this bbq hobby, then backyard is perfect for them. If a team does really well in a few competitions, then they should go to "pro" and never go back to backyard. Progressive steps, don't go backwards.
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backyard teams are not required to use 22 pounds of sugar on their ribs
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backyard teams are not required to use 22 pounds of sugar on their ribs
Exactly... Goes with the lighter judging....
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backyard teams are not required to use 22 pounds of sugar on their ribs
HOWEVER, they are required to drink the 22lbs of sugars...
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