KCBS Judges Information

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 be a Certified Judge?
Anyone sixteen years and older, that has taken the Judge’s Certification Class. Certified judges are seated first at contests. Contest organizers prefer to use certified judges at their contests.  This gives contests credibility along with the best trained and most experienced in judging. Teams who compete in KCBS sanctioned events want certified judges scoring their barbeque.

How much does it cost to be a Certified Judge? 
KCBS offers 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 instructors; 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 to KCBS 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 KCBS membership card depicting your judging number, the monthly Bullsheet(The Monthly KCBS Newspaper Publication), 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 the website at www.kcbs.us.

How do I find out about contests to Judge?
As soon as you are certified you can begin judging.  Go to the KCBS 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 the KCBS website.  Contact the organizer with a request to judge.  Judging is a privilege, and it is always up to the organizer.

How do I become a “Master Judge”?
You must judge 30 KCBS sanctioned contests and cook at one 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.
Once you have judged 30 contests and cook with a team, you need to mail your contest verification record and the form for cooking with a team (found in the judging manual) to: 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 re-evaluates 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.

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