This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

Judging question

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Judging question

    Curious a little about judging competitions, my only knowledge is really from tv shows and here.
    How do scores break out across the population, does it fit a normal distribution, or are their very clear gaps between the good and bad?
    On TV they mention a strategy of watching the best guys turn in and turn yours in somewhere else so they aren't at the same judging table. I'm not sure if it is legal, but I would be curious if a team has turned in multiple boxes and gotten vastly different results. Just seems like so much is left to the personal preference of the judges, is this really an issue or just my perception?

    Thanks, not looking to compete or anything, the thought just occurred to me.

    Every contest is a new ball game! There are regional differences in average scores given looking at the KCBS contest universe. Though that trend can change from year to year. Out West, judges tend to score lower. In the Southeast, the reverse is true.

    These days, with the exception of chicken (because it's the first turn in), there's no way for a cook to figure what tray to what table their entry is going to go. After chicken, entries are mixed on trays to make sure the team isn't judged by the same table twice. Since KCBS is not comparative, it shouldn't matter what cook is on the tray with you. In some ways, you learn a lot if you are. If I'm 2 or 3 (or lower) score on the table and I'm up against top teams, that tells me something as a cook.

    Yes, many times I'll do really well with a presentation one week and the next weekend it tanks.


    • _John_
      _John_ commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks for the response, I have thought about going through the judge certification process, I have the problem where no matter what I do my family and friends love it and have nothing negative to say. If I'm going to improve I need to know what other people look for and consider top tier BBQ, and what mine is missing. We don't have a lot of really good BBQ around here, so most people tasting mine are just comparing it to the stuff they get at a chain, which is good for their happiness but not good for my improvement.


No announcement yet.
Rubs Promo


These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

Click here to order directly and get an exclusive AmazingRibs.com deal

Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

Amazingribs.com temperature magnet
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

Click here to order.

GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared†Zone

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

kamado grill
Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

Click here for our article on this exciting cooker