KCBS BBQ Contest – How it Works …
The KCBS BBQ Contest is a competitive event that is held on
the grounds of the Harvard Fall Festival. It is sanctioned
by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and run by local KCBS
representatives. The contest is judged by KCBS certified BBQ
judges. Contestants pay a fee to enter the contest, and
compete for cash prizes which are awarded based on voting by
the certified judges which takes place on Sunday between 12
and 2 PM. The highest scoring team is awarded the Grand
Champion prize, and because the contest has been designated
as a “State Championship” contest since 2008, the winner is
invited to compete at the American Royal Invitational
Cook-off in Kansas City the following year.
Most teams arrive on Friday night to set up camp and begin
the food preparation process. KCBS reps run the contest in
accordance with strict sanctioning rules, which specify the
type of meats cooked for presentation, type of fuel
used, when preparation begins, and even garnishes used at
presentation time. On Saturday, a meat inspection is
conducted by the contest reps, and for most of the rest of
the day, teams are prepping their ribs, beef brisket, pork
butt, and chicken for the slow overnight cooking process
that produces all that great smelling and tasting food.
Unfortunately, because of MA regulations, contestants are
not allowed to sell food to the public from their sites.
However, in addition to being a serious cooking competition,
this is a social event, and there’s plenty of other cooking
and partying going on throughout the afternoon and evening.
The BBQ folks are passionate about their cooking and also a
very friendly bunch, so plan to spend time down in the camp
and you’ll be sure to make some new friends, and learn a lot
about BBQ, and have some fun.
Where Can I Eat some of this Great BBQ ?
Here’s your chance to sample and vote on your favorite BBQ
prepared by participating BBQ Teams. There will be contests
Saturday and Sunday. Look for the People’s Choice Tent
in the Food Court. Both contests start at Noon. Winners will
be announced on Sunday with the Main Contests.
BBQ will be available for sale
in the Harvard Lions food tent in the food court.
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