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In Reply to: Back Yard Cookoff??? posted by Shingleman on August 01, 2016 at 19:02:50:
Although I like Hambone's description better, this may shed some light on the difference between backyard events and pro. Info borrowed from writer Donna Fong.
I miss the good ole days.
There are two types of barbecue contests, unsanctioned and sanctioned.
• Unsanctioned contests are run without the guidance of sanctioning body like the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS). Rules are created by the organizer of the contest.
• Sanctioned contests are run under the guidance of a sanctioning body like KCBS. KCBS establishes rules for acceptable meat entries, methods for cooking meat, guidance on presentation, guidance on health and safety, and how meats will be judged and scored. KCBS also certifies judges and can disqualify a team should any of its rules be broken.
There are four types of sanctioned contests:
• Competitor Series- the Organizer chooses what types of meats to be cooked, instead of the 4 standard meats used by KCBS. In addition, Competitors Series contest allows for alternative heats sources.
• Stand Alone Ancillary Contest - Ancillary categories can be a big draw for teams and spectators. Examples of Ancillary categories include, but are not limited to: sauce, desserts, beans, sides, anything butt.
• Backyard/Stand Alone Backyard – often a 2 or 3 meat contest (chicken, ribs, pork)
• Master Series Contest – includes 4 meats (chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder, and beef brisket).
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