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COMPETITION BBQ TIPS

WHAT KCBS JUDGES ARE LOOKING FOR

The world of competition barbecue is a world where pitmasters and backyard grillers come together for a couple of days to cook six succulent servings of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket for a panel of certified judges in an effort to make the best bbq. The judges taste pounds of glorious meat and ultimately decide who is walking home as a grand champion. This site shares competition BBQ tips for trimming, cooking and boxing competition barbecue along with details about health codes, peoples choice and more.

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THE FOUR MEATS

a bite taken out of a cooked competition chicken thigh with bbq sauce

THE METHOD THAT WINS

CHICKEN

TRIMMING VIDEO

8 bbq ribs in a box on greens

3 COOKING METHODS

RIBS

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THE MONEY MUSCLE EXPLAINED

PORK BUTT

6 brisket burnt ends and 8 brisket slices in box on greens

METHOD + INFOGRAPHIC

BRISKET

TRIMMING VIDEO

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I followed your instructions to a “T” and won second place in an amateur barbecue competition last weekend here in Williamsburg VA. The flavor and “Bite though” were perfect! Thanks for all the great advice!

Nancy Wigley

I really appreciate you going above and beyond so we can understand what the judges are looking for. Keep up the great work.

Grill Timers

This is the recipe to use – especially if you’re new to competition style cooking. I did this in a small charity tournament…We took first place with this method – beating out a couple teams that actually compete in sanctioned events.

Kris Troy

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