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Unread 02-22-2010, 07:58 AM   #1
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How many Grand or Reserve Grand Champions do you think people need to win before it's time to move up to Pro?
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I thought if you were competing for money you were a pro.
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I agree. If you've earned $$ from winning a contest, you've moved into the "pro" category in my book.
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"Need"? None! We jumped right in.
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"Need"? None! We jumped right in.
What ^^^^ said... Actually, we didn't really have an option, there weren't any back yard contests around us...
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Even some of the smaller contests give small monetary awards for Grand and Reserve Grand. I just know there are teams winning Grand and Reserve Grand for years in Backyard and don't make the jump up.
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If i'm going to be out there spending the time cooking I want to have a shot at the biggest money possible. Backyard is not worth it imho.
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Go pro immediately IMHO.
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From what I hear there is a huge difference between backyard and pro divisions in regards to the caliber of food turned in. I'm a rookie and Backyard entries are much more affordable. I vend a little to offset the costs. I think if you consistently get calls and grand/reserve wins in backyard, it's time to step it up. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to continue to crush the competition and not be rewarded monetarily with prize money. Maybe those teams are just filthy rich and like collecting trophies?

I know if I start getting alot of calls and grand/reserve wins, I plan to enter the big leagues.
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We got crushed in a small tailgate competition and then decided to jump in and go pro. Its a challenge, but thats the fun of it.
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Maybe I didn't word the question right.
If a team continues to win Grand Champions in the Backyard Category should they be forced to enter the Pro Category?
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There is no sanctioning body for backyard events, so that would be up to the organizer of each event.
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When I was entering Art contest the minute I won money I was forced to go pro.
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There is no sanctioning body for backyard events, so that would be up to the organizer of each event.
Are you saying that KCBS and FBA don't sanction their backyard division at events?
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Generalizing here .......

Backyard didn't really exist out here when we started. Even now, backyard means "burgers and chicken", not the "KCBS meats".

I am not sure why anyone would not do "Pro" competitions if they were cookign the classic BBQ meats.

Again, I generalize, but we are proof you do not have to be good to be a "pro".
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