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Competition BBQ is a Sport!

There’s been some growing controversy as to whether competitive BBQ is a sporting event or not!

Let’s look at this situation with a broad scope!  In traditional sports, you win a title, trophy, prize money or something that gives you status right?

Ok, so in barbecue competitions you are sanctioned by a governing body with rules and regulations just like NFL or NASCAR!

In the NFL, they have referees who judge the game play by play! In NASCAR they have a Pace Car and some video capture.

This is how they regulate the game play! In competition BBQ, the players (competitors) have to bring in their meats (unless otherwise provided by the competition) with no pre-seasoned meats or anything done to them whatsoever prior to the competition! The skill involved in BBQ comps is comparable to physical endurance  because they have to stay up all night to make sure their meats turn out to be prize winning end products with just the right flavor and just the right look and just the right chew! To achieve that takes major practice and skill!

In competitive BBQ, the players compete for trophies, titles, status and/or monies from the winning product they produce! That’s why many people like to make their BBQs at home, so they can practice and become better, and they made of this a familiar event, so they enjoy it on a Sunday, while they have nothing else to do, that’s why is important to maintain the garden at best with the top9rated outdoor products.

They even have what is called BBQ Cook Teams! So again, sports have Teams and so do BBQ competitions! You can argue that “oh the Olympic events don’t all have teams and they are still considered sports!”
That’s true! Some “Teams” consists of 1 or more players so this is a moot point! So back to the comparison… BBQ competitions are starting to grow in the state of Florida and are prominent in other States like Kansas with their well known KCBS organization which is kind of like the NFL of BBQ! Using the best propane grills like awesome athletes. I have talked with professional competitors in this industry and some have considered it sport and some have said it is a glorified hobby! My last statement to one of these Professional BBQ cooks was “Just because Tebow isn’t doing it, doesn’t mean it’s not a sport!” … Their response? “If Tebow was doing BBQ competitions, I could beat him!”.

So in conclusion, in this reporter’s view, Competitive BBQ is indeed a Sport!

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http://www.hoppinghogs.com/forum/17/do-you-consider-competitive-bbq-a-sport/msg17/#msg17 and make a post or comment!

 

BBQ History!

By Lake E. High, Jr.
President, South Carolina Barbeque Association

There are generally considered to be four types of barbeque in the country and they, by and large, are broken down by the type of sauce use in basting and also as a finish sauce, used when the barbeque is being served. Those four, in order of historical emergence, are Vinegar and Pepper, Mustard, Light Tomato and Heavy Tomato. And while there is always disagreement on the varieties of preparation, such as whether one should use a dry rub or a wet rub and various other culinary arguments, all of the many sauces used in America generally will fall into one of those four basic groups.

Four Basic BBQ Tips!

 Tip #1: Invest in high quality equipment.

My ability to turn out great barbecue greatly improved the moment I stopped messing around with cheap POS grills and pits and started buying Weber products.  Spend the danged money and buy a Weber.  They are EASY to work with and will last for at least ten years.   I don’t care if you want to grill burgers, smoke a brisket, use charcoal, use gas, whatever…if you want to get serious then stop messing around and get a Weber.

Yes, it is possible to turn out some great barbecue on a crappy grill or smoker.  I get a certain amount of pleasure from that challenge when cooking away from home.  However it is very hard to LEARN with crappy equipment.


If you are short on cash then you can start with the 22 inch One Touch Silver for about $100.  If you don’t have a Weber then it’s not a deal killer.  Keep reading.  Just make sure that when your current grill breaks that you replace it with a good one.

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