Team Name_________________________________


City_____________________________ State_____


Head Cook________________________________    

How many on your team?___________

Advance entries must be received by January  11, 2010.  Advance entry is $20.00.  Entry day of cookoff $25.00.  Early entries will receive coupons to get in to Big Buck.  All other chili cooks arriving the day of cookoff will be charged entry to Big Buck plus $25.00 to register for Chili cookoff.  Each Chili cook or team will be allotted a 10’x10’ space. No electricity will be provided.  Top 3  Arkansas Residents will be automatically qualified for The International Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, TX.  Chili to be turned in by 1pm on Saturday, January 23rd.


Contact: Bruce Smith
Telephone: 501-517-1175

Send Entries to:

Bruce Smith
1904 Gamble Rd
Little Rock, AR. 72211

A. CHILI COOKED ON SITE - All chili must be cooked from scratch on site the day of the cookoff. All chili must be prepared in the open (no cooking in motorhomes, etc.).
1. CHILI COOKED FROM SCRATCH - "Scratch" is defined as starting with raw meat. No marinating is allowed. Commercial chili powder is permissible, but complete commercial chili mixes ("just add meat" mixes that contain premeasured spices) are NOT permitted.
2. NO FILLERS IN CHILI - Beans, macaroni, rice, hominy, or other similar ingredients are not permitted.
3. SANITATION - Cooks are to prepare and cook chili in as sanitary a manner as possible.
a. INSPECTION OF COOKING CONDITIONS - Cooking conditions are subject to inspection by the head judge or his/her designee and CASI Referee. (Failure to comply is subject to disqualification.)
b. COOKS MAY HAVE TO TASTE THEIR CHILI - At the discretion of the head judge or CASI Referee, chili cooks may be required to remove the lids from their chili cups and taste their chili before turning in for judging. (If a contestant refuses, his or her chili will be disqualified.)
B. ONE CHILI PER COOK - Each head cook is responsible for preparing one pot of chili that he or she intends to be judged and turning in one judging cup from that pot. No more than one judging sample can be taken from any one pot.

A. SHOWMANSHIP ENTRIES - To be judged, contestants must declare their intention to compete in show at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of showmanship. This may be done when signing for the chili judging cup.
1. SHOW TEAMS ALSO MUST ENTER CHILI - Showmanship teams must have a minimum of one cook entered in the chili competition in order to qualify for showmanship points.
2. ONE NAME PER SHOW TEAM - Showmanship teams must enter all cookoffs in a chili year under one name and with one mailing address in order to avoid confusion in the recording of showmanship points. Team names may change at the beginning of the chili year.
B. PERFORMANCE OF SHOWMANSHIP - Hired professional performers will not be allowed in showmanship competition.
1. PERFORMANCE - Showmanship teams must be limited in their activity so as not to interfere with the other contestants. Traveling (moving around the cooking area) is allowed, and traveling show teams will be judged while traveling.
2. SHOW STANDARDS - Nudity and lewdness are banned from showmanship. Intentional use by any contestant will result in disqualification of that team.
3. NO INTERFERENCE WITH SHOW - There will be no outside entertainment or interference (e.g., bands, performances, etc.) with showmanship during the showmanship period.
4. AMPLIFICATION - Decisions on volume and interference with adjacent show teams are at the discretion of the head show judge, head judge, and/or CASI official monitoring the cookoff. Failure to comply with an official's request to reduce volume or refrain from otherwise interfering with another show team will result in disqualification of that team.
5. PYROTECHNICS - No showmanship contestant may discharge firearms or use any pyrotechnics or explosives at a chili cookoff. Contestants discharging firearms and/or using explosives or other pyrotechnics will be disqualified from the chili cookoff.
6. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - Show teams will not distribute alcoholic beverages to the general public. If a show team does not comply with this provision, it will be disqualified from the showmanship competition.
C. PENALTIES - Failure to comply with CASI rules is subject to disqualification of the individual show team for that cookoff. In the case of disqualification, the CASI official monitoring the cookoff, head judge, or head showmanship judge immediately must notify the show team captain and give a reason for the disqualification. Decisions of the official(s) are final..

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Information about the Arkansas Big Buck Classic go to

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