4/26/2024  DiscoverNWBBQ.com
Get Fired Up! Become a Kansas City Barbecue Society Judge

Ever dreamed of immersing yourself in the smoky, savory world of professional barbecue? Here’s your chance to turn those dreams into a finger-licking reality! Becoming a judge with the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) isn’t just about tasting the best ribs, brisket, pulled pork or chicken; it’s about diving deep into a vibrant community and culture that celebrates one of America’s greatest culinary traditions. And guess what? You can start this incredible journey at the upcoming Certified Barbecue Judging (CBJ) class!


What Does It Mean to Be a KCBS Judge?

As a KCBS judge, you hold the delicious responsibility of tasting and scoring some of the finest barbecue dishes in the country. It’s a role that puts you at the heart of thrilling competitions where the air is thick with the aromas of oak, hickory, and cherry wood smoke. But it's not just about the taste; it’s about the texture, the appearance, and the perfect balance of smoke, spice and meat that creates the best taste in the world. As a judge, you'll learn the subtleties of what makes barbecue an art form.

Benefits of Being a KCBS Judge

Joining the ranks of KCBS judges comes with mouthwatering perks. Not only do you get to savor heaps of top-tier barbecue, but you also meet fellow enthusiasts who share your passion. It’s a chance to connect, network, and share stories and tips with some of the best pitmasters and barbecue aficionados around. Plus, your judging gigs can take you to various events and festivals, offering a front-row seat to the action and creativity that defines competitive barbecue.

Events You Can Look Forward To

As a certified KCBS judge, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in exciting events in the Pacific Northwest like the Dupont BBQ Cookoff and the much-anticipated Mills BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay. These events not only showcase incredible barbecue talents but also feature live blues music and a selection of local brews, making for a perfect day out. Imagine spending your weekends surrounded by the best food, music, and community vibes!  Nationwide, there are KCBS events too!


These competitions are held at local events across the country.  Join the team and build new experiences of camaraderie you can enjoy year after year with your families!

How to Become a KCBS Judge

Ready to join the fun? Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Certified BBQ Judging Class:

  • What: Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified Barbecue Judging Class
  • When: Friday, May 24, 2024
  • Where: The Mill Casino Hotel - Second Floor Meeting Rooms
  • Time: 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Cost: $100.00 (Note: You must register for a KCBS membership in advance of the class, which costs $45 per year)
  • Registration Deadline: Full entry fee and entry form must be received by May 10, 2024

Don’t Miss Out!

This is your chance to not only learn all about barbecue but to truly become a part of its enthusiastic community. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a way to connect with like-minded individuals, or simply to enjoy endless amounts of exceptional barbecue, becoming a KCBS judge is an enriching experience that offers all that and more. So, mark your calendars, get your taste buds ready, and prepare to join an adventure that’s as flavorful as it is fulfilling. See you at the smoker!

SIGN UP NLT MAY 10th, 2024
• Friday is the training class.  Saturday and Sunday is the great 2024 BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay at The Mill Casino
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