What IS the “Competition BBQ Experience”?

By, Jim Knepper

OK, so I thought that a last minute decision to compete in a BBQ Competition combined with the in-availability of some of the ‘usual crew’ gave us a GREAT chance to give some of our fans and followers a chance to be a part of the ‘Team’ and see just what it’s like to compete for a win in a BBQ Competition!  SEEMED like an innocent enough thought at the time!

In fact, I put even MORE thought into it than that!  I considered the possible effects of having new or in-experienced BBQ Enthusiasts interrupting the ‘workflow’ of the team and concluded that, in order to make SURE that the folks who join us are ‘invested’ in the effort, there should be a ‘barrier’ of sorts and in my mind, the easiest was the cost of ‘buying in’ to the effort.

With that in mind, I got to thinking about what the best ‘investment’ might be to attract the willing and able?  I came up with $250 per person for up to 4 folks and realized that it was a LOT of money for the average BBQ Enthusiast, so I put together a ‘Package’ that included; T-Shirts, Swag, Hats, two separate Dinners and a Party…all for the $250…in ADDITION to getting a chance to learn by doing!

Well…boy did the floodgates unleash on ME!  ‘Making other people PAY for YOUR Competition’, ‘BBQ Team for Sale’, ‘WOW, that’s too much for me!’ and many more from Twitter, FaceBook and just about every direction!  Then it came from the other side….and wow….that was NOT what I intended!

Reality is that the value of the meals and ‘stuff’ is right around $250!  I can’t really estimate the value of being an integral part of a Competition BBQ Team that has the equipment, product, recipes and workflow to be a SERIOUS challenger in this event!  In fact, if (like me) you are the ‘learn by doing’ type…this WILL be a great experience!  You will NOT simply be ‘token’ team members…you’ll participate!  You will have ample opportunity to ask questions, see techniques and products and network with some of the best BBQ folks in Central PA too!

SO…that’s MY take on it!  We are NOT ‘Selling Out’!  By NO means will the $1K from our ‘Guest Team Members’ come CLOSE to even beginning to cover the cost of the Competition for us AND I still think it’s a GREAT Opportunity!  If you are interested in learning how to do BBQ at Home, we offer a full array of BBQ Classes for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced BBQ folks too! (http://www.greatq4u.com/BBQ_Classes.html)  We have yet to schedule them, but dates will be up soon!

If you have any questions or you would like to join us, we’d LOVE to have you!  It’s in Harrisburg, PA on October 4th and 5th at the Farm Show Complex!  The Keystone BBQ Classic is a PA State Championship event and we are looking forward to competing!  My e-mail is: Jim@GreatQ4U.com feel free to ask any questions! 🙂

GQ4U! at Pork In The Park


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