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2021 results

Grand Champion
The Hog Mafia
Reserve Grand Champion
Gettin' Basted
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2022 Rules and Regulations

  1. The decision and interpretations of the KCBS Rules and Regulations are at the discretion of the KCBS Contest Representatives at the contest. Their decisions and interpretations are final to the extent consistent with the rules.
  2. Each team shall consist of a chief cook and as many assistants as the chief cook deems necessary. A team shall not compete in more than one KCBS sanctioned contest under the same team name, on the same date. Chief cooks and/or assistant cooks may only cook for their designated team at the contest they are attending.
  3. Each team will be assigned an unshared cooking space designated by the contest organizer. All seasoning and cooking of product shall be done within the assigned cooking space. 
  4. Contestants shall provide all needed equipment, supplies and electricity, except as arranged for in advance. Contestants must adhere to all electrical, fire and other codes. A fire extinguisher shall be near all cooking devices.
  5. It is the responsibility of the contestant to see that the team’s assigned cooking space is safe, clean, and orderly following the contest. Failure to thoroughly clean the area may disqualify the team from future participation at KCBS sanctioned events. 
  6. Fires shall be of wood, wood pellets or charcoal. Gas and electric heat sources shall not be permitted for cooking or holding. Propane or electric is permitted as fire starters, provided that the competition meat is not in/on the cooking device. Electrical accessories such as spits, augers, or forced draft are permitted. No open pits or holes are permitted, except at the election of the contest organizer. Fires shall not be built on the ground.
  7. All competition meats shall be inspected by the Official Meat Inspector during the times established by the contest organizer but not prior to the day before judging. Once the competition meat has been inspected, it shall not leave the contest site. Cooking shall not begin until the competition meat has been inspected by the Official Meat Inspector. All competition meat shall start out raw. No pre-seasoned meat is allowed other than manufacturer enhanced or injected products, as shown on label EXCLUDING but not limited to: teriyaki, lemon pepper or butter injected. Competition meat not meeting these qualifications shall be disqualified, not allowed to be turned in, and not judged, and receives no score. When the contest organizer supplies the meat, the contestant is not required to enter only that meat, the single exception is when an organizer provides all four (4) meats. If an organizer provides all four meats it must be in a fair and equitable manner with regards to quantity, quality and distribution. Additionally, the organizer must specifically address on the team application how the meats will be distributed, the quantities of the meat to be provided, and when the meats will be distributed. If after receipt of their meat a team believes their meat is spoiled they should bring it to the attention of the reps. If the reps agree, the organizer must have additional meat on hand, of the same brand and quality, to replace. 
  8. Barbeque for the purposes of the KCBS Rules is cooking the four KCBS Meat Categories 10) below using a heat source 6) above. Parboiling, Sous-viding, and/or deep-frying competition meat is not allowed. If any of the banned processes are discovered before the team turns in, the team will receive zeros. If discovered after turn-in, the team shall receive a one (1) in all criteria for that entry.
  9. Meat shall not be sculptured, branded or presented in a way to make it identifiable. Rosettes of meat slices are not allowed. Teams in violation of this rule shall receive a penalty score of one (1) in all criteria from all judges and disqualified.
  10. The Four KCBS Meat Categories:
    • CHICKEN: Chicken includes Cornish Game Hen and Kosher Chicken.
    • PORK RIBS: Ribs shall include the bone. Country style ribs are prohibited.
    • PORK: Pork is defined as Boston Butt, Boston Roast, Picnic and/or Whole Shoulder, weighing a minimum of four (4) pounds at the time of inspection. After trimming, pork shall be cooked whole (bone in or bone out), however, once cooked, it may be separated and returned to the cooker at the cook’s discretion. It may be turned in chopped, pulled, chunked, sliced or a combination of any of those.
    • BEEF BRISKET: May be whole brisket, flat, or point. Corned beef is not allowed.
  11. Judging typically starts at Noon on Saturday. The four (4) KCBS categories will be judged in the following order:
    • PORK RIBS 12:30 pm
    • PORK 1:00 pm
    • BEEF BRISKET 1:30 pm
    Any modification of turn in times or the order the categories will be judged must be approved by the KCBS office and published in the cooks packet well in advance of the contest and be confirmed at the cooks meeting. An entry will be judged only at the time established by the contest organizer. The allowable turn-in time will be five (5) minutes before to five (5) minutes after the posted time with no tolerance. A late turn-in will not be accepted by a Rep and will receive a 0 (zero) in all criteria.
  12. Garnish is optional. If used, once determined to be legal, garnish plays no further role in the appearance score. When used, garnish is limited to chopped, sliced, shredded or whole leaves of fresh green lettuce, curly parsley, flat leaf parsley, curly green kale and/or cilantro. PROHIBITED GARNISHES ARE lettuce cores and other vegetation, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO endive, red tipped lettuce. "PROHIBITED" garnish shall result in a penalty score of one (1) on Appearance.
  13. Sauce is optional. If used, it shall be applied directly to the meat and not be pooled or puddled in the container. No side sauce containers will be permitted in the turn-in container. Chunky sauce will be allowed. Chunks are to be no larger than a fine dice, approximately 1/8 inch cubed. Sauce violations shall receive a penalty score of one (1) on Appearance.
  14. Entries will be submitted in an approved KCBS numbered container, provided by the contest organizer. The number must be on top of the container at turn-in.
  15. The container shall not be marked in any way so as to make the container unique or identifiable. Aluminum foil, toothpicks, skewers, foreign material, and/or stuffing are prohibited in the container. Marked entries or containers with the above listed material will receive a one (1) in all criteria from all Judges and disqualified.
  16. Each contestant must submit at least six (6) portions of meat in an approved container. Chicken, pork and brisket may be submitted chopped, pulled, sliced, or diced as the cook sees fit, as long as there is enough for six (6) judges. Ribs shall be turned in bone-in. Judges may not cut, slice, or shake apart to separate pieces. If there is not enough meat for each judge to sample, the shorted judge(s) will score a one (1) on all criteria, and the judges having samples will change the Appearance score to one (1) as a penalty.
  17. The following cleanliness and safety rules will apply:
    1. No use of any tobacco products while handling meat.
    2. Cleanliness of the cook, assistant cooks, cooking device(s) and the team’s assigned cooking space is required.
    3. Shirt and shoes are required to be worn.
    4. Sanitizing of work area should be implemented with the use of a bleach/water rinse (one cap/gallon of water). Each contestant will provide a separate container for washing, rinsing and sanitizing of utensils.
    5. First aid is not required to be provided by the contest, except at the election of the contest organizer.
    6. Prior to cooking, meat must be maintained at 40° F or less.
    7. After cooking, all meat: Must be held at 140° F or above OR Cooked meat shall be cooled as follows: Within 2 hours from 140° F to 70° F and within 4 hours from 70° F to 41° F or less
    8. Meat that is cooked, properly cooled, and later reheated for hot holding and serving shall be reheated so that all parts of the food reach a temperature of at least 165° F for a minimum of 15 seconds.
  18. There will be no refund of entry fees for any reason, except at the election of the contest organizer.

Complete "2022 Official Rules and Regulations Judging Procedures" can be found at www.KCBS.us