|The competitive barbecue circuit is huge right now and is still growing fast.
For those of you who aren't familiar, this is as close to a real sport as cooking gets. A bunch of teams (up to 700!) gather for a weekend to see who can cook (at least) the best ribs, chicken, pork butt and brisket. At the end of it, some win some money or other prizes and most everyone eats and drinks much too much and has a great time.
There are a couple of credible organizations (KCBS being the biggest) that sanction events giving this "sport" a true legitimacy. The judging is done by trained and certified judges and the contest rules are strictly enforced. There are some great cooks that compete regularly and the results of their efforts are superb. I suggest you head out to your next local contest and check it out. Great family event too.
Below are some of the products that we sell to competitors regularly. We learn quite a bit from their feedback and consider all of these "battle tested". We don't have any of the big equipment used on the BBQ circuit, but we are looking into it.