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Re: 5 year direction of BBQ contests

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Posted by nukenight on April 23, 2012 at 10:42:24:

In Reply to: 5 year direction of BBQ contests posted by Ray Basso on April 21, 2012 at 16:42:54:

BBQ contests are basically taking cuts of meat that are difficult to prepare and making them tasty and good to eat! BBQ should be inclusive. Big money contests are great, but they tend to kill off the smaller events. Big money tends to exclude some people because of the fear they are not ready or cannot compete on the big stage. As my wife and I proved a couple of weekends ago, meat cooked on a trash barrel can beat entries prepared on a $30,000 pit. Frankly, I hope they never come out with a true "pro" division for BBQ. I don't even like the notion of calling a contest cook a "pro". Remember, BBQ is for everyone, not just for a select few that have big time pits and sponsorship. Sometimes I think KCBS forgets that. Lately KCBS seems too busy trying to chase the dollars rather than to grow BBQ. I think some of the negative feeling expressed in the poll is due to the economy. I also think some of these negative thoughts have to do with the overall impression that bigger contests are better. I personally believe the exact opposite is true. I believe small contests are the backbone of competition BBQ. Where is it people learn how to compete? Often, where is it cooks experience the joy of winning a meat category or earning their first Grand Championship? We all have to start somewhere is the old saying. Besides, how many small towns do cooks get to experience this way? Places like Kountze or Marshall,Texas that we would never visit, it was not for a BBQ contest. Both Kountze and Marshall are very special small towns to my wife and I. We recently were lucky enough to win brisket in Marshall. Last year, my wife and I were lucky to win our first sanctioned contest in Kountze. Both of these smaller events are the backbone of competition BBQ. Without contests like them, BBQ is doomed to fade away. We need to keep little contests in the mix and never forget their role in BBQ as a whole. Like small towns in America, small contests are what makes BBQ tick. Let us not forget this fact!

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