The Smokin’ Flamingo BBQ & Music Festival has made a big change to our contest for our 6th annual year.
Please join me in welcoming the Georgia BBQ Association (GBA) as our new sanctioning body!
Our contest will still be held on the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year that will be the weekend of November 17th. Our entry fee will remain the same, $350. BBQ Teams can load in on Thursday, November 15th and check out will be on Sunday, November 18th! Each Cook Team will be assigned a spacious RV Campsite to use as their cooksite. Each Cook Team get the three nights stay as part of their entry fee. Each site has both 50 & 30 amp electrical service, water & sewer, cable TV hookup, and wifi. The resort also has an on-site Café with great food, restrooms with shower facilities, play grounds for the kids, lake and pool swimming, and a General Store.
Our Judging will continue to be in our climate controlled building. For those not certified in GBA, we will be hosting two GBA Certified Judge Classes, one in January and one in July (details and dates TBA shortly). These classes are also great opportunities for cook teams to learn what the judges are looking for as well as their judging process.
As I’m sure most of you are aware, the GBA has three categories, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs and Pork Loin. We will also have a “Winner Take All” Ancillary Brisket category with no additional entry fee.
Our Prize Pool Package will be $15,550.00
Grand Champion $5,000.00
Reserve Grand Champion $2,500.00
1st Place (Each Category) $500.00
2nd Place (Each Category) $400.00
3rd Place (Each Category) $350.00
4th Place (Each Category) $300.00
5th Place (Each Category) $250.00
6th Place (Each Category) $150.00
7th Place (Each Category) $150.00
8th Place (Each Category) $100.00
9th Place (Each Category) $75.00
10th Place (Each Category) $75.00
Ancillary Brisket (Winner Take All) $1,000.00
We will also continue to have a Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) contest attached to our event that teams may enter.
This year it will be a double header SCA weekend. We will have a Friday Night Steak Jackpot with awards that same night and then on Sunday we will have another SCA Steak Contest with awards at 3:30pm, this will allow teams to still leave early enough to get home. BBQ Teams that enter the Sunday SCA Event also get an extra night stay as part of their entry, so you don’t need to checkout until Monday!
For those not certified in SCA Steak Judging, we will be hosting an SCA Certified Judge Class leading up to these events. Again, these are great classes to take for both potential judges and cook teams.
We will also continue hold our fun “Battle at BBQ Junction” Contest (Search on YouTube for videos of this great event), where a team can pick up an extra $300, Championship Banner and a Year’s Bragging Rights.
We hope that all our past cook teams will continue to support our contest as we move forward in 2018 and look forward to seeing all the new teams that will be joining us.
Our pledge to each of you is that with these changes that you will still get the well organized and great competition that you have come to expect from Flamingo Lakes RV Resort and me.
Again, thank you and as always feel free to contact me at any time.
David Haskett, Contest Organizer
(904) 838-7290 firstname.lastname@example.org