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Unread 12-02-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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I know sign up is usually mid January, but does anyone know when the national schedule/map will be released showing where the contests will be? Thanks!

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Unread 12-02-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I thought signup was in February probably should start hearing about in the next few weeks. I also look forward to this series and wish there were more like it.
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At Sam's Club Finals in 2012, they said "Next year will be bigger and better than ever!" (It was about the same, maybe a few cost reductions here and there in terms of trophies/gifts.)

THIS year at the finals they said "We hope we will do it again!"

So it's not a given it will come back. I was told by people (that would know) that it was "still being discussed" with Sam's Club as recently as two weeks ago.

I would certainly sign up if they do it again.
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Last year they announced on December 28th, so it's still early.
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At Sam's Club Finals in 2012, they said "Next year will be bigger and better than ever!" (It was about the same, maybe a few cost reductions here and there in terms of trophies/gifts.)

THIS year at the finals they said "We hope we will do it again!"

So it's not a given it will come back. I was told by people (that would know) that it was "still being discussed" with Sam's Club as recently as two weeks ago.

I would certainly sign up if they do it again.
Truthfully I wouldn't be surprised if they ended it. It felt like the Sam's people were just going through the motions this past year.
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I guess I can understand their point. They seem to be putting a lot of money into BBQ and I am sure they are assessing their return on that. I am guessing if they just hired a couple of teams to cook bbq in their parking lots each weekend they would see the same bump in sales during those weekends that they see during a contest.
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Sales volume has a well noted increase at each store the weekend of the contest. It's a win for Sam's Club for sure.
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I agree with everyone that the Sam's BBQ Series has been good. However, it has not gone without its share of problems. My biggest complaint with it was the way they placed the contests. I know contests were placed across the country by the net sales in the local stores. This sometimes put Sam's contests in direct competition with other more established local BBQ events. This made life very difficult for those promoters who through no fault of their own, had to deal with a nearby Sam's event taking all the oxygen out of their contest. I wish Sam's would go to a more hybrid format where local events in a region were placed at existing contests, thus adding prize money at those events. The regional finals and national finals could be held at Sam's club sites. I also think the regional finalists and national finalists should NOT pay a registration fee. Traveling a long distance to compete costs enough without having to pay a registration fee on top of that. I think every cook from first to last place in the Sam's national finals should get paid something. With costs going up, cooks need something to make it worth while.
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If you place at the locals, you win at least enough to pay for the entry into the regionals. 10th pays $250 overall

I hope they have it again in 2014. I had a lot of fun with it!
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Thanks everyone........I'm really looking forward to it!
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Even though we didn't make it out of the local qualifier, I'd definitely do it again. I hope they don't cancel.
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Last year registration for the 2013 Sam's Club National BBQ Tour began on Jan. 9, 2013 at 7 PM CDT.
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Last year registration for the 2013 Sam's Club National BBQ Tour began on Jan. 9, 2013 at 7 PM CDT.
I was pretty close.
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