The key to getting people involved in a comp is publicity. Most of your backyard cooks won't enter a big contest....try to get those who do
These are folks who will travel and compete with the best bbq you'll ever eat. This forum is a good place to come for advice and to spread the word. Some of the best minds in the bbq world visit here daily.
Not to far from you is a guy named Jim Minion. I would call it imperative you contact him for more info if you're serious. Go to the memberlist and find him, you can email him.
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