HowtoBBQright.com Resources For Getting Started With Competition BBQ
If you are thinking about - or planning your first - BBQ Cooking Contest, there are a few tips that will make your life a little easier. And give you a good idea of what you can expect at the Competition BBQ Contest.
To get started, you can check the KCBS, the MBN or your local BBQ Network to see what contests are coming up and find out more information about the costs and the dates.
If the BBQ contest offers a "backyard" or a "patio" section... enter that division. It usually costs less, usually doesn't require you to do quiet as much as the professional division and it will let you get a feel for competing without having to invest too much money.
Believe me, it takes more planning than you would expect. And no matter how long you have been cooking BBQ it's always a good idea to do a few practice runs so you will be in-sync with the turn-in times of the cooking contest.
No reputable BBQ Cooking Contest is going to let you judge unless you have been certified (and you can get certified by attending a 1-day judging class). So if you want to become a BBQ judge, go to the BBQ network website and sign-up for one of their judging classes. These classes typically fill-up quick... so if you're interested you need to get on it.
Once you've been certified, you can judge!
Most BBQ Cooking Contests fill-up their judging requirements pretty fast... so as soon as you decide you want to judge a specific BBQ contest you need to email the judge's contact ASAP. (you can find up-coming contests in your area and the judge's contact info by visiting BBQ network websites.)
I don't care how amazing your grandpa's BBQ sauce is... or how mouth-watering everyone told you your ribs are... the guys in the professional division have spent years perfecting everything - all the way down to how to place the BBQ in the turn-in box.
That is why I always suggest entering the "patio" division and then making friends with guys in the professional division and ask them questions, get a feel for what the contest is all about.
Believe me, it's cheaper to make your mistakes and work-out your kinks in the amateur division than it is in the professional division.
Looking to enter a competition BBQ close to you? Want to become a judge?
Maybe you just want to attend a local BBQ competition and see what it takes for the teams to win. Either way, the first step is to Find BBQ Competition network or association in your area. Visit their website and view the list of up-coming judging classes and contests.
Resources To Help You Get Started with Competition BBQ
|The Perfect Slab Of Ribs
- Ribs Competition-Style Recipe
- St. Louis vs. Baby Backs
- Finding a good butcher
- Secrets and tips - RIBS
|Slow-Smoked Pork Perfection
- Slow-Smoked Pork Butt Method
- Choosing your Shoulder or Butt
- Secrets and tips - Pulled Pork
- Shoulders for BBQ Contest Video
|How To Cook A Whole Hog
- How To Cook A Whole Hog
- 9 Steps To Cook A Whole Hog
- How We Trim Our Hog
- 7 Tips For Cooking a Whole Hog
- Injection Recipe and Video
|Award-Winning Brisket Method
- Competition-Style Beef Brisket
- How To Trim A Brisket Video
- Brisket Injection Recipe
- Beef Brisket Recipe and Method
- Brisket Cooking Tips
- Brisket Burnt Ends Recipe
|The BEST BBQ Chicken Recipe
- My Best BBQ Chicken Recipe
- Video BBQ Chicken Recipe
- Competition BBQ Sauce Recipe
- The Memphis In May Experience
- Get Started In Competition BBQ
- Competition BBQ Networks
- Building A Blind Box for KCBS
- Competition BBQ Events
- BBQ Cooking Time Line
|Grills and Equipment
- How to Build a UDS Smoker
- Smoker Facts and Tips
- Choosing the perfect Grill
- Equipment and Accessories
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- Complete List of Grilling & Smoking Recipes
- BBQ Video Recipes
- How to achieve perfect BBQ texture
- The BBQ Blog Recipes and Tips