I went for a short time on Friday when the teams were rolling in and setting up. And went back on Saturday during the day competition. My thoughts if you only go one day would be to go Saturday three or four hours before turn on time. That way you see everyone cooking and smell all the food. But when it gets close to turn in time (my experience, at least an hour before) the turn in, back off. That is crunch time for the teams.
I made myself scarce untill all the boxes were turned in, then went back to the pits. By that time most of the teams were packing up and waiting for results.
I've only been to one, but I'll do it again when it comes back. Others with more experience probably have more advice to offer.
I was wondering about the results. Clarks Crew wins about everything, them and Butcher, who btw, I did not see there. Doesn't mean they weren't there.
Clarks Crew is going to open a barbecue joint in OKC. Its under construction now. Will have two 1000 gallon propane tank smokers. And from the plans I saw, they will have a hostess who will seat customers with waiters taking orders. That's a big departure for barbecue joints here.