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January 7, 2016

Thanks for joining us Wednesday night for the HOTTEST HOUR IN BARBECUE.

We had unprecedented interest in registering for the 2016 Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour, and despite some early technical challenges, MORE TEAMS THAN EVER (555 to be exact) successfully secured their spot in the tournament within the first hour.

As of 10 am CST the next morning, 649 of the 750 competition slots have been filled. For those of you still interested, the good news is that team spots are still available at 10 of the 30 events. So don’t wait! Go check out the list fast if you want to get into the $500,000 tournament!

And remember: If you’re currently on a waitlist for your primary event choice, you can still sign up for an open slot at another event. Once you are successful in getting into an event, just know that you will lose your waitlist status at any other event. (If you’re not in an event, you are allowed to be on two waitlists at the same time.)

As always, thanks for your interest in the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour! Now in its sixth year, it’s certainly become the hottest tour in the BBQ industry thanks to KCBS teams across the country!

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