Tag Archives: KCBS Competition

My First MBN Contest – What I Learned

As most of you know, I am a KCBS certified judge (and almost 2/3 of the way to my Master CBJ certification).  KCBS events are fairly easy to find here in the Mid-Atlantic region.  However, Memphis Barbecue Network (or MBN) contests are a little bit harder to locate here.  So when I saw that the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship (formerly known as the Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues Festival and as the Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival) was looking for both KCBS and MBN judges, I decided to apply.  And lo and behold, I got picked!

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KCBS Competition Season in the Carolinas

The KCBS competition season in the Carolinas officially kicked off on April 20th in Kings Mountain, NC with the Kings Mountain Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off.  Nestled on the grounds of the walking track at the Kings Mountain Fire Museum approximately 35 minutes west of Charlotte, this event regularly draws some of the best teams in the region.  This year was no exception, as 2012 reigning KCBS Team of the Year 3 Eyz BBQ made the trip down from Maryland to compete for a portion of the $10,400 prize money along with 54 additional teams, including regional juggernauts such as Two Old Men and a Grill and Checkered Pig.

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Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main 2012 – Waxhaw, NC

Last year, I got to be a judge for Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main in Waxhaw, NC.  Last year was the first year that the event was sanctioned by KCBS, and it was a very well run event from the judge’s perspective.  I got to participate in the event this year (October 12-13), but now on the other side of the coin.

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Contest Recap: 2012 BBQ Capital Cook-Off — Lexington, NC

This weekend was an off weekend for me, so I decided to go and check out the 2012 BBQ Capital Cook-Off in Lexington, NC.  This contest is about an hour from where I live.  This contest featured 50 teams from all over the country (and the world, but I’ll get to that later).

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Contest Recap: Kings Mountain Firehouse BBQ Contest

This past Saturday was a day that I have had circled on my calendar for most of the winter so far.  It was the day that this BBQ judge came out of hibernation and got to taste BBQ from some of the best BBQ competition teams in the region.  This past Saturday was the 16th Annual Kings Mountain Firehouse BBQ Contest.  Forty three teams from the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and other states participated in this contest.  The weather was perfect for the competition (with the exception of a small shower that came down well after turn-ins were complete).

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Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Main in Waxhaw, NC

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!!

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Best Of: Pigskin Edition

Fall has arrived!  Cooler temperatures are here, but that doesn’t mean the end of BBQ for this year.  In fact, it continues on stronger.  Here are some tidbits to keep you occupied while you cheer your team on to victory! Continue reading

BBQ in Bulk: Judging the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour

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For those of you keeping up with the competition circuit, you’re probably aware of the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour.  Sam’s Club has partnered with KCBS in putting on a BBQ tournament.  Teams compete in 25 local and regional contests throughout the country for the opportunity to travel to Bentonville, AR to compete in a national contest.  With over $400,000 in total prize money dispersed at all of the events, many teams jumped at the chance to enter.

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A Sooie’t Time in Greer, SC

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So far in my KCBS Certified Barbecue Judge journey, I’ve had the opportunity to judge at well-known and established events such as the SC Festival of Discovery.  My journey now goes to the other end of the spectrum just 65 miles up the road from Greenwood, SC to the town of Greer, SC for the 1st Annual Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit!

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Pigging Out at Franklin, NC

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It’s another judging adventure!  This adventure takes me into the mountains of Franklin, NC for the Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival.

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