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$12,000 BBQ Competition on Food Network

Charleston DaveCharleston Dave Posts: 571
edited 10:12PM in EggHead Forum
On Sep 7 @ 6 PM, and again on Oct 14 @ 7 PM, the Food Network is re-broadcasting Episode CCSP34 of the Food Network Challenge. This is a one-hour special on a joint Chili and BBQ challenge held at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas, with prizes up to $12,000. It was apparently a real novelty to have both the International Chili Society and the KC BBQ folks doing a joint event.

I caught a previous broadcast of this program and it was divided about 50/50 between the chili and BBQ sides. Chili contestants (there were >100 chili teams) could compete in green or red chili categories, with prize up to $6K. The BBQ side (88 teams) had four separate prize-winning categories for chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder or butt, and beef brisket, with the cumulative winner getting the big $12K check. There were also categories for dessert and for "anything but" which included some really out-there cooking ideas.

If you have had enough pro football by 6 PM Sunday, or want to mark your calendar for Oct 14, this is an entertaining hour. I found it particularly interesting how many families of all sorts enjoy competing seriously on the BBQ and chili circuits. They follow one mother-daughter team in depth.

I saw a couple of Kamados and kept thinking I almost saw an Egg but never was quite sure. There were also some over-the-top custom-made cookers...and I won't put in a spoiler here, but let's just say that bigger cookers do not guarantee better BBQ competition results! :lol:

Brief Food Network blurb here:,2495,FOOD_20077_33635,00.html


  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    Yeah, saw the show and keeped an eye peeled for an egg sighting. Caught a glimps of the kamados, no eggs did I see. And that 'competition chili' just don't cut it for me. Gotta have chunks of all kinds of stuff in the sauce to be the kind of chili that I like. Got hungry watchen all the pots being stirred and stirred then spices added and more stirring. Some real characters in that competition. Enjoyed the show.
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