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10 final spots to Bentonville up for grabs!

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September 19, 2014

This weekend, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour is staking its spot in Midwest City, Okla. as it readies to welcome the final 10 teams who will go on to compete in the national championship just one week later.  As always, competition spirits are high as the teams are loading in to the Sam’s Club parking lot and firing up the smokers.

“Our mindset is to stay focused and take care of the things we can control, and that’s our cook,” said Tim Scheer, pitmaster for Shake ‘N Bake BBQ. This will be Shake ‘N Bake’s fourth year competing in the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour, however, it is the first year they’ve advanced to the regional round.

For Stan Hays, pitmaster over County Line Smokers, his mindset going in to this weekend’s contest is a delicate balance.

“I try to keep my focus on what I can control and not who I am competing against as it is too easy to psych yourself out,” said Hays. 

In addition to this being a high stakes weekend, for Hays, this will be the first time he as returned to Midwest City since the work he was doing with Operation BBQ Relief after the Moore, Okla. tornado. In the span of 12 days, Operation BBQ Relief was able to serve approximately 143,000 meals to the greater Oklahoma City area. 

By the end of Saturday, the final 10 tickets to Bentonville will be punched. But for now, the teams are out and about making final preparations for the last regional event of the year.

“It all starts with meat selection,” said Scheer. “I have to find good quality meat, after that, I have to try not to screw it up!” Scheer, who picked his meat up from Sam’s Club on Wednesday, will park his rig in the exact spot for the contest – a quirky competition ritual.

Good luck to each of the teams competing this weekend. We’ll see ten of you in Bentonville on Sept. 27! 

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