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  • DoubleUpOrQuit
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    • Dec 2017
    • 326
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

    KCBS Certified Judges Class being offered in MN

    Hello, to all my barbecue friends in the bold north. The MN BBQ Society just posted a KCBS Judging class for 3/9/19.

    http://mnbbqsociety.com/events/?post=10075
  • Spinaker
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    • Nov 2014
    • 9734
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    #2
    interesting. I am already a member. May be I should check this out. Are you going?

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    • Craigar
      Craigar commented
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      You need to do this.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Perhaps, a few guys in my office went last year and said it was fun. Craigar

    • Craigar
      Craigar commented
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      Spinaker I am toying with the idea of going to one this year. Unfortunately, the one scheduled for March 2nd here in Omaha conflicts with what we have already scheduled.
  • DoubleUpOrQuit
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    • Dec 2017
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    #3
    I am. I've been waiting and hoping there would be one offered around here. I almost signed up for one in Peoria, IL in March, sure glad I didn't. I'm hitting the backyard competition scene this spring and summer and thought it might not be a bad idea to learn what the judges are all about.

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    • Skip
      Skip commented
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      DoubleUpOrQuit that sounds fun. I'm not interested in competition but if you need a taste tester I would volunteer! Lol.

    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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      Steve R. Did you feel the class paid off?

      Skip I might need to take you up on that, my wife and kid are starting to audibly grown when I say the work chicken.

    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      I feel like it did help me understand the expectations a little better. I doubt I will ever branch out and compete other than the handful of backyard comps close by. I'm just not that into it. I am going to try to judge a few competitions this year, though.
  • GourmandPhil
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    • Jun 2016
    • 58
    • MN

    #4
    I highly recommend it. I took the class last March and it's great. The instructor is different this year, but she seems to be involved all over. At the very least it's your ticket to be able to judge backyard and pro BBQ contests. You should be able to do Minnesota in May once certified. That's a really fun one. I want to try judging American Royal sometime.

    I liked judging so much I flew to Memphis last fall to get certified for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contes for Memphis in May. That's an entire different scoring system and they actually make you take a pre-exam and post-exam with a required score of 70. Super pumped for judging that this May.
    Last edited by GourmandPhil; February 6th, 2019, 06:06 PM.

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    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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      Glad to hear you enjoyed the class. The backyard competition at Minnesota in May this year will be my first experience competition cooking. I'm both nervous and super excited. I figured learning how to judge can only help me in my preparations for this. To your note, at the very least I'll be able to put my name in the running for judging a competition sometime.

    • GourmandPhil
      GourmandPhil commented
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      Awesome! I judged backyard at Minnesota in May last year. You'll have a great time. Good luck!

      I plan on trying a few backyards down the road for fun. Waiting for my new Humphries to come in to get used to it.

      I don't see any new entries here, but you can get a feel of how varied appearance scores are.

      http://www.bbqcritic.com/judgemybox

    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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      Thanks for the link GourmandPhil
  • Mark V
    Club Member
    • Oct 2018
    • 115
    • Minnesota

    #5
    I am a KCBS judge/table captain and also a MN BBQ Society member. I just volunteered to help with the class, if selected I will
    be there.

    I definitely recommend taking the class if you are going to enter a KCBS competition. That is the best way to see what the judges look for, and how you will be judged. Then I would judge at least one event, you will see and try a lot of entries, see what is expected and how you stack up. You can also take a cooking class geared towards KCBS competitions, you can find them on the KCBS site. Another thing you can try is finding a KCBS team to cook with at a competition. You could
    go to an event and talk to the teams, one of them might take you on. You can find the events on the KCBS site.

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    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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      Thanks Mark V Hope to see you at the class.
  • Backroadmeats
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    • Dec 2018
    • 368
    • Central mn

    #6
    I just joined.. I may have to look into this.. I would like to do some competition cooking in the future..

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    • Backroadmeats
      Backroadmeats commented
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      I would be cooking competition BBQ now .. if I wasn't starting a meat locker.. maybe next year we can have a meat cutting class..

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      I would be down for that for sure! Where is your locker?

    • Backroadmeats
      Backroadmeats commented
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      Milaca
  • Mark V
    Club Member
    • Oct 2018
    • 115
    • Minnesota

    #7
    I will be at the class, as a table captain. My name is Mark and last initial V, will probably be wearing a lanyard with a KCBS badge saying so. I have no way of identifying any of you that will be there so be on the lookout and say hi.

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    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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      I missed you at the class Saturday, Mark V I was looking for a name badge but never found it. I did really enjoy the class, lots of good information.
  • SmokeyGator
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    • Jul 2016
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    • Miami, FL
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    #8
    Everything cool in the BBQ world is a full day’s drive away form me. At least. Many would require passage on a jet aircraft.

    And to make matters even weirder, I would have to go NORTH. I’m south of the Deep South.

    The FL BBQ association has stuff closer to home. Lakeland is only about 4 hours away.

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    • GourmandPhil
      Club Member
      • Jun 2016
      • 58
      • MN

      #9
      Having just finished judging at Memphis in May I would highly recommend becoming a certified judge for that event if you love great BBQ, are up for judging, and a weekend in Memphis.

      Doing on-site judging where the teams take you through the whole process was a much more enriching experience for me personally than blind boxes. While I enjoy KCBS comps in MN, Memphis in May is just in another league and I enjoyed judging in the South with the big names of BBQ.

      The highlight for me this weekend was being one of 3 judges who got to judge Chris Lilly and Big Bob Gibson. Hands down the best shoulder I've ever tried. Was so awesome as he showed me his pit, types of hickory he uses, when he sources it and more.
      Last edited by GourmandPhil; May 19th, 2019, 12:51 PM.

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      • Donw
        Donw commented
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        What a great experience. Very cool.
    • Spinaker
      Moderator
      • Nov 2014
      • 9734
      • Land of Tonka
      • John "J R"
        Instagram: JRBowlsby
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        Dexter (Beagle mix)
        Kinnick (American Foxhound)
        ************************

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        Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

        Broil King Keg
        Karubeque C-60
        Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
        Lodge L410 Hibachi
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
        R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

        Weber Spirit Gasser
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        FireBoard (Base Package)
        Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
        Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
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        Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

        Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
        Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

        Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
        Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
        Eggspander Kit X2
        Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

        Finex Cat Iron Line
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        Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
        Grill Grates
        Joule Water Circulator
        KBQ Fire Grate

        Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
        Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
        Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
        Large Vortex
        Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
        Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
        Smithey No. 12
        Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
        Stargazer No.10, 12
        Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
        Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
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        Fuel
        FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
        Kingsford Blue and White
        Rockwood Lump Charcoal
        Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
        **************************

        Cutlery
        Buck 119 Special
        Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
        Global
        Shun
        Wusthof
        *******
        Next Major Purchase
        Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

      #10
      Originally posted by GourmandPhil View Post
      Having just finished judging at Memphis in May I would highly recommend becoming a certified judge for that event if you love great BBQ, are up for judging, and a weekend in Memphis.

      Doing on-site judging where the teams take you through the whole process was a much more enriching experience for me personally than blind boxes. While I enjoy KCBS comps in MN, Memphis in May is just in another league and I enjoyed judging in the South with the big names of BBQ.

      The highlight for me this weekend was being one of 3 judges who got to judge Chris Lilly and Big Bob Gibson. Hands down the best shoulder I've ever tried. Was so awesome as he showed me his pit, types of hickory he uses, when he sources it and more.
      Very cool. I have thought about doing this, just never pulled the trigger.

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