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Question about the Rodeo BBQ contest

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Besides getting a free brisket sandwich with admission, is the public able to taste any of the BBQ being prepared by the teams?

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No JLW, you gotta get in with a crew. Sheeats is right, definately not worth the price of admission, because if you ain't a part of any particular tent's crew, you really aren't welcome at any of those tents. It is strictly a "Good 'Ol Boys", private party, type of mentality.

I got kicked out the Miller Lite tent in 1995, because I was drunk and stupid. Didn't get kicked out because of being drunk, but being stupid enough to bring in two cans of Budweiser with me from the Budweiser tent.

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Agree with the first 2 replies - I scored tent tickets once and had a WAY different experience than the general public. Free booze, way more food, and an all day party. Unless you just like to walk around, people-watch, and smell barbecue it might be boring watching everyone else go into private tents to party. I did talk to a lot of other barbecue teams while walking around, but they weren't offering food or entry into their tent. There are so many people, they just have to limit it to tickets/invites/wrist bands or however they keep track of it.

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It's unfair that they rip off the general public to come wander around in the middle of what is essentially a private party. Scoring tent tickets is HUGE. The level of drunken debauchery is quite high among all the corporate stiffs. Almost as fun as the hospitality suites at the OffShore Technology Conference back in the day.

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Thanks for telling me. What's the use of going to a cook-off if all you're allowed to eat is Aramark crud? I'll save my admission cost and get some BBQ at one of the BBQ joints I frequent.

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Heh, I had just been offered tickets to the cookoff about an hour before this thread started. I tired of the rhinestone redneckery years ago, but was thinking of going tomorrow for lack of anything better to do. Sounds like I need to confirm just what these free tickets are.

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went last night and had a blast!!! but then I was "in" with a couple of tents. I would definatley say that you need to have access to a private tent for it to be fun, but was told by a friend who had a tent that girls can generally get in anywhere if they ask right :P I also understand there is a free band/concert saturday night. not sure who though.

So Red, if you ticket just gets you in to the bbq, I'd maybe pass (7 bucks woo hoo). If its for a specific booth or a tent, get you boots and bells out and enjoy.

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Heh, I had just been offered tickets to the cookoff about an hour before this thread started. I tired of the rhinestone redneckery years ago, but was thinking of going tomorrow for lack of anything better to do. Sounds like I need to confirm just what these free tickets are.

Or you could just go to the Shiloh. They have a BBQ out on the deck. That counts, right? :D

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The way that they market this event is kinda deceiving. In this morning's Chron, an article says "it is a place to get a vast range of deliciously good eats to tempt your palate." Then at very end of the article, it says "what you get is a chopped beef sandwich plate with chips and beans from the Chuck Wagon." Yep, that's real vast. :rolleyes:

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Even in REAL BBQ/Chili cook-offs most cooks serve the general public crappy stuff and save the good stuff for the judges and their friends. At least every one I have been involved in.

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The band that is playing saturday night is Honeybrowne. Great texas country band out of Austin. I think they go on at 7. They are playing in an area called the garden that is new this year. Sounds more geared to the general public.

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went last night and had a blast!!! but then I was "in" with a couple of tents. I would definatley say that you need to have access to a private tent for it to be fun, but was told by a friend who had a tent that girls can generally get in anywhere if they ask right :P I also understand there is a free band/concert saturday night.

Once again, ladies prove how they have an advantage over us men.

Wink at us right and we turn into a puddle and hand over the keys. ;)

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This has made me wonder, I've not seen any tent passes come my way this year. I would not attend unless I had a pass. Also, all tents are not created equal. Some are a throw-down good time and others lame.

I think I'll stay away anyway. Last time I went, we had little boot tequila shot glasses on a ribbon around our necks and they pour very generously. I'll stop at that... :blink:

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This has made me wonder, I've not seen any tent passes come my way this year. I would not attend unless I had a pass. Also, all tents are not created equal. Some are a throw-down good time and others lame.

I think I'll stay away anyway. Last time I went, we had little boot tequila shot glasses on a ribbon around our necks and they pour very generously. I'll stop at that... :blink:

The cookoff can be very, uh, incriminating once the tequila starts flowing! :D

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Even in REAL BBQ/Chili cook-offs most cooks serve the general public crappy stuff and save the good stuff for the judges and their friends. At least every one I have been involved in.

I went to one in Dillon, CO that was big for that town, and most of the teams there travel all over the country doing this. The way they pay for their travels is to sell plates to the public after they submit their competition food. I thought it was pretty good. This one in Houston just has a totally different flavor, it's all about sponsorships and parties. Yeah there are probably smaller teams all about the cooking, but mostly it's not.

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