Barbecue Challenge Judging Information

We're Looking for KCBS Certified Barbecue Judges!

team memberThank you for your interest in participating in the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge as a competition judge!

We will begin accepting judging applications in January 2015, so if you are interested in receiving an email when the applications have been posted to this website, please feel free to let us know by clicking here.  Please let us know whether or not you are a KCBS certified judge and if so, please include your CBJ number for us.

Applications from certified barbecue judges will be confirmed on a first-come, first served basis, so we encourage early application.

Because we believe strongly that a quality competition requires the highest standards in judging, we strive to use 100% KCBS certified judges at our event. Non-certified applicants may apply to be placed on a standby list.

By submitting an application, you are not guaranteed a judging spot.  We reply to applicants within 10 days of receiving an application to acknowledge receipt and inform of status.  If you do not receive our reply, please let us know.

If you are confirmed as a judge, we will provide you with the details about logistics.  Competition judging will take place from 10:00am – 2:30pm and judges must be present the entire time (absolutely no exceptions).  If you arrive late, your judging seat will be forfeited.

If you submit a judging application and are then not able to attend our event, please inform us via email as soon as possible by clicking here.


To contact our Judging Coordinator, Ann Nelson, please call (702) 219-7610.