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Our First Ever Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) Nationally Sanctioned Steak Competition! The Raising the Steaks Cookoff will take place on Friday, April 6th – the day BEFORE THE IRONMAN!

Open to everyone and anyone who wants to compete and thinks their steak is the best around.

 

ANYONE can register to compete in Raising the Steaks! You don’t have to be in THE IRONMAN BBQ to register for the Steak Competition and (while recommended) you don’t have to be a member of the SCA to compete. Cost to enter a team is only $100.00 and your Entry Fee includes the meat! You can cook on anything – charcoal, gas, wood – or even sous vide if you want! BBQ team members can all compete against each other – who’s the best steak cook in your crew?? For more info, a FAQ’s page, and Registration form, see below….

 

SCA CLASSES! So you’ve never been a part of an SCA Competition before…how does judging work? What’s the process for meat selection? What can I cook on? What type of steak are we cooking and why? All great questions! Come to a class! We’re flying in SCA Founder Brett Gallaway (and hopefully his wife Shelly – she’s much nicer!) all the way from Texas to teach (2) classes – one on April 6th for Teams and one on April 7th for Judges. The April 6th class will take place in the later morning prior to Raising the Steaks and will be geared toward meat selection, cooking, etc. The April 7th class will take place early, prior to THE IRONMAN judges check-in, and will be geared more for the judging aspect of SCA Events. Regardless of which class you take, assuming you pass…(OK, there’s no test!)…YOU WILL BE A CERTIFIED SCA JUDGE! Oh yeah, and you’ll eat a lot of steak!   For info and links to register for classes, see below….

Judging at Raising the Steaks will be done by Certified SCA Judges! Most SCA Judges registered in the Mid-Atlantic have been contacted and invited to Judge. But if you are an SCA Judge and haven’t been contacted, then please feel free to Register for our event! You can find FAQ’s and Registration forms below…..

Team Questions and Registration

1. Do I have to be in THE IRONMAN to compete in Raising the Steaks?

Absolutely not! Anyone can register for Raising the Steaks. Each event is separate from the other and have their own rules, timelines, and payouts! You don’t have to be a KCBS cook, or Judge, or be affiliated with a team involved in THE IRONMAN! All you have to do is register, pay, and show up with whatever you need to cook. If you are not working with a BBQ team competing in THE IRONMAN, we’ll provide you with access to electricity (if you need it), a 10’x15’ cooking space, and a spot to park in. You are responsible for cooking equipment, spices, tables, etc. Most teams compete with a minimum amount of equipment – a 10×10 canopy, a grill, (2) tables, a radio, and some chairs.

2. Do I have to be an SCA member to compete in Raising the Steaks?

You don’t have to be a member of the SCA to compete in any SCA event. However, there are many benefits to being a member, and in order to receive points towards the points chase you need to be members. If a non member wins an SCA event they will have until 8am on Monday morning to join SCA to receive the invitation to the SCA World Championship. You can register to be a member at www.steakcookoffs.com. If you register to be a member and then sign up for the class on April 6th, your membership will automatically become a 2-year vs. a 1-year membership! Free year! WooHoo!

3. If I am registered in THE IRONMAN, can I still register for Raising the Steaks?

Of course you can! I’m counting on it! I would love to see every team registered for THE IRONMAN throw their hat in and compete at Raising the Steaks! We purposely set up the timeline so that the Steak turn-ins will be complete prior to THE IRONMAN cooks meeting and Pizza and Boat Drinks! You will have to register separately for THE IRONMAN and for Raising the Steaks. If you want, each person on your team can register individually and compete individually in Raising the Steaks! Compete against each other for Bragging Rights – the loser has to wash dishes!! AND the Payouts are great!

4. If I am registered in both events, can I cook at my IRONMAN site?

Yep! Man am I easy or what?? If more than one of your team members registers for Raising the Steaks, you can all even cook on the same Weber…or whatever!

5. My whole BBQ team wants to compete in Raising the Steaks, do we each have to pay a separate entry fee?

You will have to register separately for THE IRONMAN and for Raising the Steaks. If you want, each person on your team can register individually and compete individually in Raising the Steaks! Each person competing will have to pay the $100 fee. Compete against each other for Bragging Rights – the loser has to wash dishes!! AND the Payouts are great!

6. Do I have to take the April 6th SCA Class to compete in Raising the Steaks?

No, but if you want a better shot at winning, you’ll definitely want to! To take the class you will have to register as a member of SCA and then register for the class. It’s $35.00 for the SCA Membership and $60.00 for the Class. Once you register for the Mason-Dixon class, your SCA Membership becomes a 2 year membership! Thanks Mason-Dixon BBQ! It’s a total of $95.00 for the 2-year membership and the SCA Class. See the next tab below – “CLASSES” – for more information on the classes and links for registration. If you don’t take the class, but are still going to compete, you should visit www.steakcookoffs.com for more info and rules on how the SCA Events work.

7. Accommodations

Feel free to come in early for either class. Special Room Rates have been set up at the local Comfort Inn:
Comfort Inn & Suites
50 Pine Drive
Greencastle, PA 17225
717-597-8164
Ask for the Mason-Dixon BBQ rate: $75/night
If you are a Competition Team at THE IRONMAN and want to set up on Thursday so that you can go to the class Friday morning, you are welcome to do so! We’ll put you in a spot and won’t move you – I promise!

8. What’s included with my $100.00 Entry Fee?

You’re $100.00 entry fee for Raising the Steaks gets you into the event and qualifies you for Cash and Prizes AND includes your meat! That’s right, the entry fee covers your meat cost! Everyone who registers for Raising the Steaks – or any SCA Event for that matter – gets (2) Ribeye Steaks to cook. After the Cooks meeting, contestants draw a number at the cooks meeting, line up in order, and have 30 seconds to select a ribeye steak. Once everyone goes through the line, the numbers are reversed and you pick one more steak.
You turn in one steak. The other is for tasting or at some events used to raise money for charity.

9. What’s the timeline for the Raising the Steaks event?

On Friday, April 6, 2018, the timeline is as follows:
• 2:00p – Cooks meeting and Steak Lottery
• 4:30p – Judges meeting and seating
• 5:00p – 5:30p Steak Turn-in
• 7:00p – Awards and Money!!

10. What are the Payouts for Raising the Steaks?

1st Place – $1000.00
2nd Place – $500.00
3rd Place – $300.00
4th Place – $200.00

11. How do I register for Raising the Steaks?

You can register for Raising the Steaks by downloading the 2018 RAISING THE STEAKS TEAM APPLICATION. Send in your application via email, fax, or mail and we’ll contact you when we receive it. Good luck and thanks for taking part in Raising the Steaks!

Class Information and Registration

1. Do I have to take the SCA Class to compete in Raising the Steaks?

Absolutely not! But if you want a better shot at winning, you’ll definitely want to! The April 6 th morning class will have a special focus on Meat Selection and Presentation. The class will also go over Judging Criteria and Scoring. After the class, participants will
be official SCA Certified Judges and will have a much better understanding of what SCA scoring is based on and what Judges are looking for.

2. Do I have to take the SCA Class to Judge an SCA Steak Competition?

Yes! You cannot judge an SCA Event without having first gone through an SCA Judging Class. We are offering (2) Classes during THE IRONMAN weekend. The first, on April 6 th , is geared toward the competitor, but will Certify all participants as SCA Judges. The
second class on April 7 th will be geared more for KCBS Judges and will focus more onScoring and Judging Criteria. You are welcome to take either class

3. Do I have to be an SCA Member to take the SCA Class?

Yes, in order to take the class you will have to register as a member of SCA and then register for the class. It’s $35.00 for the SCA Membership and $60.00 for the Class. Once you register for either Mason-Dixon class, your SCA Membership becomes a 2 year membership! Thanks Mason-Dixon BBQ! It’s a total of $95.00 for the 2-year membership and the SCA Class. Free year! WooHoo!

4. If I take the April 6 th SCA Class and don’t compete, will I be able to Judge at Raising the Steaks that afternoon?

Possibly, but we will most likely have all the Judges for Raising the Steaks already registered from the SCA Judging class put on by Mason-Dixon BBQ in November 2017. However, we based the number of Judges needed on an estimate of 40 Competitors in Raising the Steaks. If we have more than 40 Competitors, we will need more Judges.

5. Are there going to be other SCA Competitions in the Mid-Atlantic area?

Yep! There’s already another one in New Jersey in June and we are trying to get one put together in Frederick, MD also in June. There will be another one in PA sometime in August and I expect these competitions to take off! They are easy to put on, require minimal equipment, is a lot less expensive, pays out well, and is done in one day! I know that we are looking to put on another one sometime in 2018! And the only Judges that are SCA Certified in the Mid-Atlantic were certified by us in November…so right now there are only 48 Certified SCA Judges in this area vs the 2600 KCBS Judges registered.

6. How do I register for a class?

To Register for classes, see the links below. As soon as you’re registered, you’ll get a confirmation from Shelly at SCA confirming the class you are taking and your registration for that class. Right now we are Limiting Each Class to 30 Participants (SCA site says 50, but space is tight so we are cutting it to 30), so if you want in, Don’t Wait to Register!

Day 1 Class – April 6, 2018 9:00a – 11:00a

Steak Cookoff Association – SCA Certified Judges Class @ Greencastle, PA

Day 2 Class – April 7, 2018 8:00a – 10:00a

Steak Cookoff Association – SCA Certified Judges Class @ Greencastle, PA

7. Accomodations

Feel free to come in early for either class. Special Room Rates have been set up at the local Comfort Inn:
Comfort Inn & Suites
50 Pine Drive
Greencastle, PA 17225
717-597- 8164

Ask for the Mason-Dixon BBQ rate: $75/night
If you are a Competition Team at THE IRONMAN and want to set up on Thursday so that you can go to the class Friday morning, you are welcome to do so! We’ll put you in a spot and won’t move you – I promise!

8. Before I register for the SCA Judging Class, I have more questions about Judging at THE IRONMAN and at Raising the Steaks.

For additional questions and answers regarding judging, please see tab below – JUDGE QUESTIONS AND REGISTRATION

Judge Questions and Registration

1. Do I have to take the SCA Class to Judge an SCA Steak Competition?

Yes! You cannot judge an SCA Event without having first gone through an SCA Judging Class. We are offering (2) Classes during THE IRONMAN weekend. The first, on April 6th, is geared toward the competitor, but will Certify all participants as SCA Judges. The second class on April 7th will be geared more for KCBS Judges and will focus more on Scoring and Judging Criteria. You are welcome to take either class

2. I’m already an SCA Judge, how can I register?

If you are a Certified SCA Judge and would like to Judge at Raising the Steaks, we would love to have you here! Please download and complete the 2018 SCA JUDGES APPLICATION Form here. Once we receive your registration, we’ll send you an email to confirm your spot as a Judge in our event.

3. If I take the April 6th SCA Class and don’t compete, will I be able to Judge at Raising the Steaks that afternoon?

Possibly, but we will most likely have all the Judges for Raising the Steaks already registered from the SCA Judging class put on by Mason-Dixon BBQ in November 2017. However, we based the number of Judges needed on an estimate of 40 Competitors in Raising the Steaks. If we have more than 40 Competitors, we will need more Judges.

4. If I take the April 7th SCA Class and I’m scheduled to Judge at THE IRONMAN, will I have time to do both?

Most definitely. When you check in for the SCA Class, we’ll confirm you for THE IRONMAN as well. The SCA Class will wrap up around 10a and the Judges meeting for THE IRONMAN won’t take place until 11a, so you’ll have an hour to freshen up and get your mind off steak and onto BBQ!

 

5. Are there going to be other SCA Competitions in the Mid-Atlantic area?

Yep! There’s already another one in New Jersey in June and we are trying to get one put together in Frederick, MD also in June. There will be another one in PA sometime in August and I expect these competitions to take off! They are easy to put on, require minimal equipment, is a lot less expensive, pays out well, and is done in one day! I know that we are looking to put on another one sometime in 2018! And the only Judges that are SCA Certified in the Mid-Atlantic were certified by us in November…so right now there are only 48 Certified SCA Judges in this area vs the 2600 KCBS Judges registered.

6. How do I register for a class?

See previous Tab – CLASS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION LINKS

Mason Dixon, P.O. Box 153, Shady Grove, PA 17256