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In Reply to: Re: If big money contests not sanctioned by KCBS posted by ron cates on May 18, 2009 at 12:56:06:
Excellent idea and the name is not of importance to me. The point is, neither Memphis nor KC represents the Mecca of BBQ and in order to actually recognize a TRUE US Champion (not one made up by the media or promoters), a team that can place well in a large series of well placed regional qualifiers should be the real Champions....period.
A team that wins the Jack, MIM, Royal or even the Little Rock cook is NOT a true world or USA champion but like all contests, they were the best THAT day. They are Champions in the minds of the promoters, organizers and themselves. Don't post a bunch of arguments against what I just said because the teams that have had these types of success are to be commended and congratulated on their efforts and I certainly am not taking away from their work.
I get tickled to death with all the hype about the Jack which is a very poorly financed cook-off in terms of the purse and how in the world a non sanctioned event gained such accolades beats the hell outta me. But yet...KCBS jumps to get their name associated with it when...they charge organizers the funds they do and turn round to work with the Jack when they don't even sanction it. Unreal. In fact, it bothers me to have the name Kansas City associated with what we all call major contests when there are in fact many facets to BBQ. KC has their style just as NC has ours and to realistically say one is better than the others is to argue which came first...the chicken or the egg. If ANY organization truly wants to represent BBQ , a name should not be associated that implies one particular style or region much less a city. KCBS would do well to rename the organization because it has outgrown its original intent.
This brings us to your original question Ron. Yes, we would cook an event such that you propose given several factors. We would love to have come to Little Rock this year and thought about it until we realized it was the same weekend as Mobile and since we were already cooking in Santa Rosa Beach, FL it just made financial sense to cook Mobile. Should a series of events take place that lead up to a true National Champion we might even follow that trail instead of the KCBS circuit we are diligently following this year. Right at the present, there just simply is not a better gig out there than KCBS. MIM fell on its face and I am not sure about MBN. I suspect it will be a thing of the past too when I see the number of teams now cooking more KCBS events.
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