Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Certified Barbecue Judges (CBJ’s) travel all around the country to taste and evaluate barbecue and other, often elaborate, dishes prepared by barbecue teams. KCBS categories always include CHICKEN, PORK RIBS, PORK, & BEEF BRISKET, which are evaluated for appearance, taste, and tenderness but there is usually an ancillary category or two that judges will evaluate as well.
Some of the categories we’ve seen in our travels to competitions around the country include salsa, beans, potato salad, chili, chicken wings, desserts, hamburgers, and the anything butt category (teams turn in anything they want!) A warning for those of you that might be interested in becoming a CBJ, the barbecue is some of the best in the country. You will be hooked and then you will actually have to and want to pay for travel and lodging expenses just for the opportunity to eat more!
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