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View Poll Results: Why do yo compete in BBQ contests?
To see old friends and meet new ones with thew same interests 31 35.23%
The money!! 2 2.27%
Name recognition for my business 7 7.95%
To crush my opponents and become king of the BBQ world 14 15.91%
I'm an insomniac so I might as well stay up all night cooking 2 2.27%
I'm ultra competitive but I'm too old and fat to run a marathon 32 36.36%
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:05 AM   #31
Lake Dogs
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Join Date: 07-14-09
Location: Lake Sinclair, GA

For me it's still a few things:
1. Can I/we do this as good as the big dogs?
2. Socialization, with other teams as well as friends & family
3. I really enjoy competing, so a game of cooking... FUN!
4. Learning. There's always something to be learned.

We throw 2 big BBQ parties most every year with 100+- attendees.
We get quite a bit of #2 and #4 in these, and we get to experiment
with new recipes (see how the masses like them; ala. judges). So,
the competitions are about #1 and #3, but we wouldn't do them if
they didnt involve #2 and #4. For that matter we focus on a few
particular competitions around here because of the personalities
involved and family and friends are able to visit much easier. So,
it's not only why we compete, but why we compete in some of the
competitions that we compete in vs. choosing to compete in others.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.
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