What is a Certified Barbeque Judge?

The Kansas City Barbeque Society Judge Certification Program is designed to train barbeque judges in basic objective standards for judging barbeque meats in KCBS sanctioned cooking contests.


Who is eligible to judge?

Anyone sixteen years and older, that has taken the Judge’s Certification Class. Certified judges are seated first at contests. Contest organizers are looking to have ALL certified CBJ at their contests. This gives them the best trained and most experienced in judging. At some contests they have celebrity judges or if they are short judges they will use NON-Certified Judges. At all contests the judging will be conducted by those who like barbeque and are serious about the excellence of judging barbeque.


How much does it cost to certified?

KCBS can offer the program at a low cost because our members volunteer their time and resources.  The fee covers costs of materials, the rental of the facility to conduct the class and the travel expenses for the instructor, therefore it will vary from one location to another.


If you are not a member when you take your CBJ training, a year’s membership is also included in the cost of the class.


Is there a reason for becoming a certified judge?

Yes!  You will receive a judging manual, a certificate of your official judging status, a membership card depicting your judging number, the monthly Bullsheet, and an official KCBS judging name badge.  There are many other perks as well.


KCBS members have some unbelievable benefits available to them.  For example, a discount at Choice Hotels, Grill Grates, Harry & David, and much more!  For a complete list of current membership discounts, go to our website at www.kcbs.us.


Contest organizers prefer to use certified judges at their contests.  Teams who compete in KCBS sanctioned events want certified judges scoring their barbeque.


How do I find out about contests to judge?

As soon as you are certified you can begin judging.  Go to our website at www.kcbs.us for a complete list of upcoming contests and contact information.  In addition, as a member of KBCS, each month you with receive the Bullsheet which also contains the same contest information as our website. 

Contact the organizer with a request to judge.  Judging is a privilege, and it is always up to the organizer.


How do you become a Master Judge?

You must judge 30 KCBS sanctioned contests and cook at a contest (that you are NOT judging) with another team.  You do not have to judge the 30 contests prior to cooking with a team.  You may also count up to 10 table captain assignments in your 30 contests, but no more than 10 can be used towards your Master Judge certification.


Mail your contest verification record and the form for cooking with a team (found in the judging manual) to the KCBS, 11514 Hickman Mills Dr., Kansas City, MO 64134


A Master Judge Test will then be mailed to you for you to complete.  You must pass the test with a score of 90% or better.


Can I still judge if my KCBS membership has expired?

No.  Certified judges must be a member in good standing to be considered “certified.”  Why, you might ask?  Simple, each year the KCBS board reevaluates the rules for a competition.  Occasionally, rules are changed and if you are NOT a KCBS member, you will not be informed of these changes.



By submitting this form I agree to abide by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) rules, regulations and judging procedures In consideration of your accepting this entry, I the undersigned intending to be legally bound, hereby, for myself, heirs, my executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against Minnesota In May Barbeque contest/ KCBS / Minnesota Barbeque Society/ and their agents, successors and assigns for any and all injuries suffered by me during this event. Furthermore, I hereby grant permission to Minnesota Barbeque Society and/or agents authorized by them to use any photographs, video, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.