Last year, I made the decision not to do any more grilling only contests. The decision was mainly because of logistics. I bought a camper/trailer so I could pack all of our cooking gear in there, and keep in there between events, then just hook up and go to the next one. Grilling contests, you don't need nearly as much stuff, so there is no need to drag a camper there. However, than means our SUV has to be jammed to the gills with gear, which creates additional mess and labor.
Also, the decision was made soon after I completely tanked at the Snowshoe and Oyster Bay grilling contests.
So I decided that I would only cook grilling contests if they were tied to a BBQ event the same weekend.
However, after several months of thinking it over, I have reconsidered this position. While there are some logistical issues, there are many benefits to grilling contests. One is the practicing of meeting turn in times, which is pressure that you can never recreate when practice cooking at home. Also, you can never get enough practice in building turn in boxes.
Of course, it is also a chance to meet up with friends from the BBQ circuit and have some fun, and hopefully add to the hardware bin.
Based on this, I have changed my mind and will resume my grilling career. This will begin with the Snowshoe in March, as I am planning to send out the application this weekend.