It's official. The Orleans Casino will be hosting the $125,000 USA Barbecue Championship in Las Vegas May 21 - 22. The world's richest purse will pay $25,000 for Grand, top 20 overall and through 50 places in each category.
Our website www.smokeonthewaterbbq.com will be updated by end of next week with registration details. It will be a KCBS sanctioned event with certified judges.
Entry fee is $500 and includes 20 amp of electricity and water. Also, the casino is offering $50 in slot play, 3 buffets, show tickets, complimentary drinks, one pull on the million dollar slot machine ($150 value) and will cash winner's checks.
Teams will be checked in Friday with the contest starting on Saturday and judging on Sunday. Room rates for both judges and teams is $36/night for Thursday and Sunday
$75/night for Friday and Saturday.
Smoke on the Water signed a long term deal with the casino with the goal of $500,000 purse within five years. The annual event will always be held third weekend in May along with a ribfest for the public to eat champion barbecue. Let the flames begin!!!
Please forward to any cook team or KCBS Certified Judge who might be interested in this information. If you have any names with E Mail addresses that you could share with us, it would be appreciated if you could send those by E Mail to me (Betty Cates).
Ron Cates in todays email