Seven Great Reasons to Be a BBQ Judge

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The month of April means the beginning of the barbecue competition season. By this time of year we can’t wait to get started with our backyard barbecue and all the things that go with it. On the East Coast the first barbecue competition of the season is Pork in the Park in Salisbury, Maryland. It [...] Read more »

Review of “Startin the Fire”

My friend and neighbor George Hensler just wrote a book about starting a competition barbecue team. The book is a great read on the topic of barbecue and specifically on the topic of barbecue competition teams. This book is all about entering the world of competition barbecue, there are no recipes so don’t look for [...] Read more »

Smoke Signals Magazine and PitMasters Barbeque Reality Show

Image via WikipediaBarbecue is in the news more frequently these days. There are two items that I would like blog about; one is the new TLC show that follows barbecue competitors on the circuit. The other is the new magazine sponsored by the Barbecue Brethren forum fame. The new show stars several competitors on the [...] Read more »

TLC’s New Barbeque Pitmaster Show

My neighbor George turned me on to TLC’s new show. I’m looking forward to seeing it. They focus on following the barbeque competition circuit of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). If you are into “Q” then you will probably enjoy it. I will let you know what I think once [...] Read more »

Vendor Barbeque – Is is Always Dissapointing?

I work at  a company that sponsored a local barbeque competition.  The event started only a few years ago and has since grown into a very successful festival.  Each year, it seems that they achieve double digit growth. What has also grown as the event has become more popular are the complaints about the barbeque sold [...] Read more »

Competition Barbeque

Competition barbeque is a lot of work.  Don’t get me wrong…it’s hugely satisfying when you win and there is always the thrill of the competition but to get to that place takes a good deal of effort. I spent this past weekend with my neighbor, George, and his team (“Who Are Those Guys”) at the Beltway [...] Read more »

Let the Barbeque Season Begin!

Our barbeque season began last weekend with the Pork in the Park barbeque festival in Salisbury, MD.  The festival opens the season for most of the east coast barbeque community so it gets alot of attention. There were ninety three competitors entered for the event.  Cooks were competing in the categories of “Anything Butt” (anything but [...] Read more »

KCBS Judge Class

The wife and I attended the KCBS sanctioned judge class over the weekend and became certified barbeque judges. The class was a lot of fun and the barbeque was great. The instructor, Jerry, pointed out that cooking barbeque is unique. He said that you could have 5 different cooks follow the same [...] Read more »

Memphis in May

We traveled to the Memphis in May barbecue festival last spring.  It was the first time to this event and the first time in the city of Memphis.   Our goal was to have a good time, enjoy some top notch barbeque and to check Memphis out.  I can say, without a doubt, that all the [...] Read more »