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In Reply to: Winnipeg organizer "snatch & grab" unfortunate posted by Ponderosa BBQ on August 18, 2012 at 17:36:59:
Hah, well kudos for trying to do both contests yourself and not having someone else fly in and do one for you.
You were honest about it to the organizer and I do not think a contest entry fee is catamount to an appearance fee with all the other expense that goes into bbq competition.
I can't help but giggle at the term "Snatch and Grab", cooks come from all regions to cook at contests in the KCBS, there is no such thing a "Poaching" in my book. It is kind of amazing to watch how far teams will go to cook a contest, even more amazing when the prize money is $3500 total(and miles driven roundtrip 2500), but that is the points race for you. It also says a lot about the human competitive spirit as I have done it too. It is what makes BBQ Competition Great.
I would chalk it up to the category "Not meant to be" and move on, there is no great benefit to winning outside of the US other than bragging rights.
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