First off, I owe a great big thank you to my wonderful wife! This contest fell on our wedding anniversary, and she was still okay with me going to judge. She rocks!!
A few weeks ago, I was judging at the Sam’s Club contest in Greensboro, NC. During the break between the judges’ meeting and the start of the judging, we were approached and asked if we wanted to judge a competition on the 9th of October in Waxhaw, NC (about 30 minutes from the Charlotte city limits). I submitted my application, and before I know it I was in!
Sixteen teams competed in the professional division, while seven teams competed in the backyard division. This contest was the first contest that I have experienced where there was not 100% KCBS certified judges. The table I sat at had a 50/50 split of certified judges and non-certified judges. It made for a very interesting dynamic. I also had the pleasure of having George Goodyear as my table captain for this competition. As Kevin Sandridge of BBQSmokerSite.com got to experience first hand at a competition in Salisbury, NC, George is a vast wealth of BBQ knowledge and experience and did a superb job as our table captain.
As for the event itself, it was very well organized and put together. The venue for the contest was right in the middle of downtown Waxhaw, a very picturesque and cute downtown area. If I wasn’t on a schedule and forced to depart early, I could’ve explored the downtown area. The contest itself was in its second year, but this year was the first as a KCBS sanctioned contest. It was very well organized. So to everyone who was involved with organizing the contest, thank you!
Taking Grand Champion at Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main was Uncle Mac’s BBQ Crue, with Palmetto Smokehouse taking Reserve Grand Champion. The full results of the contest can be found on the KCBS website.
Below are a few pictures I was able to capture from the venue. Hope you enjoy them!