Some barbecue competitions include a People’s Choice category. Learn how they work, how you can make money and whether you should consider signing up to cook a PC. 

The primary purpose of a barbecue competition is to cook up some killer meat that pleases a table full of judges who are going to score your barbecue in hopes that they’ll find your BBQ the best, earning you multiple first place calls. 

While that’s a super fun experience for competitors and judges, it leaves spectators a little high and dry. For weeks, they’ve probably seen ads announcing that some awesome pitmasters were coming to town to cook up amazing BBQ. It’s not until after they arrive and smell the aroma of hickory and brisket that they realize, unless they’re a judge or a friend of a team, they’re likely going home empty handed. 

Event organizers have worked hard to combat this fear of missing out by creating a People’s Choice category. 

What is People’s Choice?

People’s Choice – also referred to as PC – is separate from the four-meat turn in, and it doesn’t count toward the overall grand champion points. 

Instead, it’s an opportunity to serve your barbecue to those anxious spectators who have been intoxicated by the smell of BBQ since they pulled into the parking lot. 

At most contests, event goers will buy tickets, which can be exchanged for your food. At some contests, the rules are clear – one ticket equals one serving. Other times, cooks have discretion and can offer platters or special dishes for an increased number of tickets.

How is the People’s Choice winner selected?

How the PC winner is selected varies from contest to contest. In some instances, when people buy their food tickets, they receive a free voting ticket. Then, after they taste their fair share of samples, they submit the