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The Guinea Pig BBQ Championship - Arlie Bragg - 01-04-2014 05:57 PM

The Guinea Pig
Promoted by Arlie Bragg along with Big Poppa Smokers

A private back to the basics BBQ contest
Feb 22, 2014 Indio California

Remember when BBQ contests were about friends getting together to see who could cook the cheapest cuts of meat the best? Remember when a WSM was a big cooker? Tired of $800 contests? Tired of finishing 3rd and not getting any money? Big Poppa Smokers is here to try a new format. This, “back to the basics,” contest is essentially a cost-controlled contest with a redistribution of the prize pool, and a weekend in the Palm Springs area during peak season.


Here is the deal. This is a stripped down contest with a single entry fee of $400 that includes all your meat. That’s right, everybody cooks the same meat. Meat is assigned randomly by a ping pong ball draw. Meat provided is 1 choice brisket, a 2-pack of butts, a 3-pack of ribs and 9 chicken thighs.

Your $400 entry also allows you to stay on-site and enjoy the amenities of our host site, The Shadow Hills RV Resort (http://www.shadowhillsrvresort.com) for two nights, a Saturday night mega potluck, heated pool, exercise and game room... and it's even kid and pet friendly!

We are shooting for 50 teams with a $10,000 prize purse. But in the, “Back to the Basics,” series we pay the top ten overall and top ten in each category.

We are also hosting a Kid's Que and Dessert Competition. Kid's Que will have no entry fee, and any Kid's Teams that enter will be provided with a Mini Weber that they get to keep after the contest!

On Saturday, we are going to have a post-awards dessert potluck, all teams are welcome to contribute their best dessert dish! Pizza will also be available for teams during the pot luck.

The Guinea Pig is a KCBS competitor series event with KCBS scoring, rules, judging, and reps. It is everything you would find at a KCBS contest, except there is no team of the year or category points. Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh are the KCBS Contest Representatives for this event.

However, it is a CBBQA TOY Sanctioned event. You must be a member of CBBQA to participate.

Unlike other contests that are public and are sponsored by a city, charity, or service organization; the Guinea Pig is a private contest. Just the teams, their families, and guests of the host site will be allowed. Awards will be in the early afternoon. No PC, and nobody interfering with your cook.

To get this prize money we have gone lean and mean with the expenses. Water, Ice, and trash and nice bathrooms are included. Power is not. If you bring a generator, it has to be a quiet one and must be turned off from 10PM to 6am. This is old school. If you need power, inverters work great!

GC and RGC receive trophies, the rest of the places receive ribbons.


GC $1,200 Category 1st $215
RGC $1,000 2nd $195
3rd $750 3rd $175
4th $500 4th $155
5th $400 5th $135
6th $350 6th $115
7th $300 7th $ 95
8th $250 8th $ 75
9th $150 9th $ 55
10th $100 10th $ 35

Dessert Category Payout
1st $175
2nd $125
3rd $90
4th $65
5th $45

Kid's Que Payout: $50 savings bond

Email me for the entry from.


Arlie Bragg

RE: The Guinea Pig BBQ Championship - SoEzzy - 01-05-2014 07:07 AM

Thanks to Arlieque and Big Poppers Smokers for a return to back to basics.

The resort looks like a great place, and it makes for a cheaper weekend than their normal rates, with their facilities it sounds like a Win Win

Anyone know how much membership fees are for the CBBQA are, they aren't listed on the membership page, and you have to be a member, to see the membership page http://www.cbbqa.org/wiki/index.php?title=Who_we_are_--_What_we_do#Sign_Up_Now the last item on the page Sign Up Now.

Anyone going to start the season in CA, should be a good contest, with 50 teams, so there should be some good competition, and $10,000 paid down to 10th place!

RE: The Guinea Pig BBQ Championship - HDBBQ - 01-05-2014 01:37 PM

H&D will be there its 30 bucks I think I paid for the CBBQA membership

RE: The Guinea Pig BBQ Championship - NDG - 01-05-2014 11:03 PM

Sounds like a great event. Good entry fee price with the meat included.