Heat, I guess Dad was right when he said there are 4 things you never discuss with "foreigners" (folks not born and raised in TX): religion, politics, BBQ and Chili
My comment on FL BBQ sauce came from laughing about an experience I had when I was attending a 2-week class in Jacksonville several years ago. One of the guys in class took me to lunch at a place one day that advertised themselves as serving "Real TX BBQ". Let's just say whoever made that claim had never been to TX - it was Carolina BBQ (pork with a mustard based sauce - not beef with a tomato based sauce). Honestly, I had never seen "yellow" BBQ sauce before in my life.
TRIVIA: The world's first Drive-In was The Pig Stand
and opened in Dallas, TX in 1921. They served BBQ pork with the traditional tomato based sauce.
As for putting my chili up against someone elses in a contest ... naw. The best chili I ever had was in San Antonio, second best was in El Paso, third best was about 1970 when I went to the Chili cookoff in Terlingua, TX. If you ever try Rick Fowler's 2-Alarm chili mix and Carroll Shelby's chili kit ... mine falls somewhere inbetween.
I take my cooking seriously - just don't get contest fanatical about it!