Organizing a BBQ Contest is serious stuff. Just ask anyone who’s done it, and they’ll tell you. Getting the venue, logistics, teams, and judges in place for a successful competitive BBQ event takes months of planning, and there are always little fires to be put out along the way.
There’s no such thing as an error-free or situation free BBQ event. Even the ones that seem to go off without a hitch had a few unexpected hiccups. Trust me.
In this session of the BBQ Beat Podcast, I talk with Gary Moss. Gary is the organizer for the Tilley Harley Davidson Biker, Blues, and BBQ event in Salisbury, NC. In my experience as a KCBS and FBA judge, Gary ranks among the very best contest organizers in the business. Teams, Judges, and event attendees continue to rave about the work he and his event staff do to meet and exceed expectations.
If you’re thinking about organizing a sanctioned BBQ competition, or if you feel the event you manage could use some tightening up, you’re going to find this session of the BBQ Beat Podcast very insightful.
Veterans Hospice House and the No Veteran Dies Alone Program
Since its inception, the Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker, Blues, and BBQ event has benefited the Salisbury, NC VA Hospice House and the No Veteran Dies Alone program. Both of these programs exist to make sure that veterans who served our Great Nation receive the honor, respect, and dignity they so very much deserve in their final months, days, and hours.
Here’s a short video on what the No Veteran Dies Alone program is all about.
What You’ll Hear in This Session with Gary Moss
In this session of the BBQ Beat Podcast, Gary Moss talks about the importance of reaching out to the sanctioning body of your choosing for their input on what makes for a well-run BBQ competition.
During our talk, Gary also explains the steps he takes to make sure he not only covers the bases of what’s needed on site for a competition, but how he goes about soliciting for teams to attend each year.
It’s important to note that he actively markets the Biker, Blues, and BBQ competition even though the event has generated a strong following among teams and judges over the years. How does he do this? Simple. He and his wife, Anita travel to area BBQ events to meet with teams and hand out information sheets about the Tilley Biker, Blues and BBQ event! It’s an easy thing to do, but very few contest organizers do it.
So there you have it, folks! As you can tell, Gary Moss and his crew – including his lovely and amazing wife Anita – flat know how to put on a quality competition BBQ event. If you have questions for Gary about what he does as far as contest organization is concerned, reach out to him using the contact information here. I’m sure he’ll be very happy to answer and steer you in the right direction.
About the BBQ Beat Podcast
The BBQ Beat Podcast, with BBQ Podcast host Kevin Sandridge, shares all that’s good in competition and backyard BBQ and grilling. Guests include competition BBQ pitmasters, food industry insiders, BBQ and grilling product manufacturers, and event promoters from the US as well as abroad. If you love BBQ and have an appreciation for southern culture and live-fire cooking – this is the Barbecue podcast for you.
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