What Motivates BBQers to Compete In Competition?
Part two of a 4-clip series, this video offers a glimpse into the mysterious world of barbecue competition and what some competitors say about their sport. Why? That’s the central question we had set out to answer with The BBQ Jones documentary. What motivates these bbq competitors to invest so much of their time, energy and financial resources into such a sport?
Like any sport, and yes, bbq competition is a recognized sport, people participate for a variety of reasons. They compete to win. They compete to have fun and satisfy a desire to achieve certain goals. They compete for the money, the glory and the camaraderie of fellow competitors. There’s too, a genuine love of bbq and mastering the intricacies of low and slow barbecue cooking.
The challenge is not just to become a great BBQ cook but to also master the art of competing. At the top level, all the bbqers are great cooks. To win, requires more. Learning the rules and the techniques unique to competition is just the start. It’s incredibly hard to win repeatedly on the BBQ circuit.
Words pale while trying to explain the intense commitment that some exhibit in this sport. That’s why we wanted to make this film.
As mentioned before, much of what’s so fascinating to see in competition, occurs behind-the-scenes. The public rarely sees the incredible preparation that happens before a contest even begins. Let alone, the interactions amongst fellow teammates and competitors and between spouses and family members leading up to and during a contest event.
The BBQ Jones simmers in this tempest of a slow brewing stew.