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In Reply to: Smaller comps or cook with a team. posted by GRW on January 27, 2012 at 16:40:52:
You: I am very interested in bbq competitions but just don't have the funds to jump right into KCBS.
Me: Most all of us have been there, too.
You: (Are) there any other competitions that are less expensive or smaller events?
You: Where are they listed?
Me: Unfortunately, as far as I know, they're not listed in any one place. For example, some sanctioned contests have separate "backyard" or "tailgate" competitions. The only way I know to find out about these is to go to the KCBS website, look for contests near you and go to the contest's website and look to see if they're having these additional "informal" contests. For example, Bel Air, MD contest in early August has a tailgate contest wherein each team is given a rack of ribs to cook for judging.
Menwhile, some new organizers prefer to have a "dress rehearsal" contest the year before they "go live." These dress rehearsals are called "Licensed contests." They're run just like a sanctioned KCBS contest, it's just that they don't count as a full-blown contest. These don't happen very often, but when they DO happen, they are listed on the KCBS website.
You: If not, are there any teams that would let a guy help to learn what goes into doing a competition?
Me: If you are a KCBS member, you receive the Bullsheet. The Bullsheet has a place where individuals can announce their availability to cook with a team.
You: If I were to form my own team, how does that work? Do the team members pool money to compete? Who owns the equipment and such?
Me: Each team is different. There are no right or wrong answers here, rather just different answers. One team's pitmaster has written an excellent book about this. I've posted link to it below.
You're asking the right questions, go out to a contest, talk to some teams, get acquainted, and you'll be surprised at how much help you'll get.
Good Q'en On Ya'. John
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