smoke on the shores is excited to partner with sca to host our 2018 steak cookout.

Friday, March 9, 2018

10:00am                Team Arrivals/Set-Up
4:30pm                Cook’s Meeting & Steak Distribution*
7:30pm                Turn-In
9:00pm                Awards
9:30pm                Departure/Teardown

*Each team will receive three (3) 16 oz. Braveheart Ribeye Steaks, provided by Performance Foodservice, at the cook's meeting.  Each team will cook all three steaks, turn-in the best steak, and enjoy the other two for dinner.

Set-Up/location (see map below)

  • Each team will be assigned one team spot which will measure 15' x 15'.
  • KCBS teams competing in the BBQ competition will obviously remain in their KCBS team site.
  • Teams located in parking lot will have a common water source and no electricity.

Awards & Prizes

Grand Champion                              $1,000
Reserve Grand Champion                $500
3rd Place                                            $400
4th Place                                            $300
5th Place                                            $200
6th Place                                            $100
7th Place                                            $100
8th Place                                            $100
9th Place                                            $100
10th Place                                          $100

*We are required to file 1099 forms with the Internal Revenue Service for the 2018 tax year for all teams receiving more than $600 in cash/prizes.  Each team will be required to complete the 1099 forms prior to receiving funds.


2018 Smoke on the Shores Steak Cookoff Team Registration

Head Cook *
Head Cook
Telephone *
Disclaimer *
By submitting this application, I waive any and all rights/claims I may have against Smoke on the Shores, Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort, Steak Cookout Association, or any individual/group responsible for the management of the Smoke on the Shores BBQ championship and/or Smoke on the Shores Steak Cookout Competition. I grant permission to Smoke on the Shores, and any agents, to use any/all photographs and video for promotional purposes. I agree to abide by all the rules of Smoke on the Shores, Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort, and Steak Cookout Association. The committee reserves to reject any application. Steak cookout competition team registration is $100.
Payment *
Team registration for the 2018 Steak Cookout Competition is $100. Once registration is received, invoice will be sent via e-mail (PayPal), and payment must be received within 48 hours. All payments must be made on-line (PayPal).

2018 Smoke on the Shores Steak Cookoff Championship

SCA Rules

The Steak Cookoff Association is dedicated to building the sport of steak cookoffs.  The SCA benefits both cook teams and cookoff's by implementing standardized rules and equal competitive opportunities for each team.      

Every cook team likes to know the rules, know the judging tent is run with integrity, that payouts are guaranteed and that they have an equal opportunity to win.  So after a year of conversations and negotiations with some of the most influential leaders of the steak cookoff community, the SCA was created.  Now cook teams can be assured of a fair and well run cookoff when it is sanctioned by the SCA. All SCA sanctioned cookoffs will have a "SCA Representative" on site to run the judging area and be an ambassador to the cook teams.  The SCA Representative will be trained and know all the rules and regulations of an SCA cookoff.       

SCA currently has events in 13 states and should be in 15-20 by the end of 2017.  In 2015 SCA went international with 3 events in Europe and in 2016 expanded to Canada.  European events are growing and we expect 10 SCA Europe events in 2017.  With 86 events in 2016, the 2017 season is going to be another year of fun and growth with  100 plus events scheduled.  Help grow the sport of steak cookoffs by joining SCA.  Please support the sponsors of SCA that make all this possible.

SCA Rules

The head cook must be a member of SCA by the end of the cooks meeting to be eligible for any added money at events.

Should a non-member win a SCA event, they will have until 8AM the following Monday to become a member and be invited to the SCA Championship. If the team does not become a member within the allotted time frame, the invitation will be rolled down to the next member in order of placement at the event.  The invitation cannot extend past 10th place. If there is not an invite in the top ten then the invitation will be awarded at the end of the year as an “At largebid” from the points list.

SCA events are judged by a panel of judges and will be in a “blind judging” format.

Each team is required to have some type of fire extinguishing device in their cook site.

The head cook of a team must be 18 years old.

If a team pre-pays for an event but does not make it to the event they receive 1 point for that event.

Head cooks may only enter 1 entry into the steak category.

Head cooks may enter more than one entry into an ancillary category.

The Cookoff promoter/organizer will provide all the rib-eye steaks for the event.

Turn in times will be announced at cooks meeting and cannot be changed once announced.

Reasons for DQ:  Ribeye steaks other than the ones provided for the event found in team area, a steak or ancillary turn in after the time window has expired, a non-signed ticket presented at awards, a folded foil disk or any foreign object found in the turn in box, issued steaks are removed from the teams cooking area.

Teams must sign the turn in ticket at time of turn in.

Teams are subject to random ice chest inspections by any SCA Representative.

SCA does not allow spouses of the SCA Rep to cook in an event the spouse is running, other family members of the SCA Rep are allowed to compete in the event.

SCA Kids Challenges are for kids 4-17 years of age. Parents may help build the fire.

Should there be a tie after all tie breakers, the two teams would split the combined financial payout from the two payouts.  Example: If 1st place is $1000 and 2nd place is $500. Then the two teams would split $1500. The team behind them would become 3rd place etc.

Steak Cooking Rules

Cooks may cook on any fire or heat source.

Each team needs to cook on a separate fire source with the following exception: Trailers that have multiple grills or large grills that are totally divided are allowed as long as each cooker has their own fire source.

NO other rib-eye steak is to be present at the cook site other than the ones given to the teams.

Steaks may not be removed from the teams numbered cooking area except to turn in the entry.

Steaks should be cooked Medium (warm pink center).

Steaks may be lightly trimmed before, but not after cooking.

Steaks may not be marked or branded in any way. (Grill marks are not considered marking)

Steaks must be turned in whole and uncut on top of the provided foil disk with no garnish in the box.

Foil disks must be placed in the box, silver side up and not folded in any way

Steaks will be judged with regard to Taste, Texture, Appearance, Doneness and Overall Impression.

The order of tie breakers for steak is: Taste, Doneness, Texture, Appearance and Overall Impression.


Do I have to be a member of SCA to cook in a SCA event?

No, you do not need to be an SCA member to cook in an SCA Event.  You do need to be a member to earn any added money checks added to events.  You will also need to be a member to qualify for the SCA Championship, which features the best steak cookers in the world.


What is the typical set up for a team competing in SCA?

The most common set up is a 10 x 10 awning, six-foot table, grill, ice chest, radio and a couple of chairs. 


Can we bring our motor home to an event?

Most events are one-day events and do not have room for motor home or travel trailers. If there is room for them, it will specify so on the event page.


Why is there a 30-minute timeline in most cases?

This allows the teams to turn in their steak anytime during the window and helps spread out steaks for the judges, since steaks are judged as soon as they come into the judging area.


Do we have to be at the cooks meeting?

In SCA, the cooks meeting is important for a number of reasons.  Most important is that steak selection is done at the cooks meeting.  Should you miss the cooks meeting, you will be choosing your steaks from what is left over from steak selection.


Can we bring our own steak to compete with?

No. The promoter provides the steaks at all SCA events to provide a level playing field for all teams.


What is kind of cooker do we have to cook our steaks on?

In SCA events, you are free to use any type of cooker to cook your steaks.  However, each cooker must have his or her own fire source.


How many steaks do we get?

The promoter will provide each team with three steaks. You will cook all three steaks, turn in the best one for judging, and enjoy the other two for dinner.


What criteria is a steak judged on?

The steaks are judges on five criteria:  Appearance, Doneness, Texture, Taste and Overall Impression. 


What is steak selection?

It is the process by which the teams will select their competition steaks.  Initially done by a lottery, the teams then line up in numerical order from the lottery and choose their steaks.


Are there water and electric hook ups at these events?

Water and electricity are not necessary for SCA events .  Some events do have limited amounts and it will be listed on the event page for that particular event.


What kind of judging does SCA use and who judges the events?

SCA utilizes a double blind judging process.  SCA utilizes SCA Certified Judges when possible.


How come some events do not let me sign up on the SCA website?

Some events choose to do their own registrations, so we will just post a link to the event website or a link to download their entry form.


Can we decorate our turn in boxes?

You cannot decorate the box when turning in your steak.  On ancillary categories, you may decorate the boxes with edible garnish. However, any garnish is not taken into consideration when judging Appearance.  The Appearance score is the appearance of the actual Steak, Burger, Wing, Appetizer or Dessert you turn in.


Who wins the SCA Championship rings?

We award two of the coveted SCA Rings each year.  The first goes to the SCA Points Champion for the year and the second goes to the winner of the SCA Championship Cookoff.


How do I qualify for the SCA Championship?

There are three ways to qualify for the 2018 SCA Championship Cookoff:

A.      The winner of every SCA sanctioned event will be invited to the SCA Championship Cookoff.  If the winner of the event is not a member at the time of their win, they will have until the following Monday at 8AM to become a member.  If they do not become a member, the invitation will roll down to the highest placing member, no lower than 10th place.  If there are no teams eligible for the invite, the invite will then become an “At Large Bid”.  Should the winner already be qualified, the next team at the cookoff will get the invitation.

B.      The top 10 in points that are not already qualified with a win on October 1st, will get an invitation to the SCA Championship Cookoff.

C.   On October 1st, the “At Large Bids” will be awarded to the next people in the points chase to replace teams or replace a team from another event.


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