Competition Rules

Discussion in 'Upcoming/Recurring BBQ Competitions (KCBS or Other' started by ncdodave, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. ncdodave

    ncdodave Smoking Fanatic

    Im organizing a non sanctioned competition in June and would like to know from everyone what the rules and guidelines are for most q competitions.
    Id like some sites with rules o them or just posted rules so i can get an idea of what to use. I figure this is a fun event with no stress and it should remain that way. I starterd the rule list similar to the Dutch oven comp I run also at the same event heres my posted rules so far if you can tell me what to change, take out or add would be very helpful!
    Thanks everyone!

    2008 Carson City Rendezvous First B.B.Q. Competition

    1.A copy of the recipe (s) must be provided to the cook-off committee before cooking is started. Recipe summaries are ok. (prevention of food allergic reactions)
    2.Contestant teams are allowed 3 members. Only team members are allowed inside the cook-off area for the teams. Western or Period dress is encouraged.
    3.Constants are responsible for providing all ingredients, cooking utensils and equipment needed to prepare entry.
    4.Contestants (teams) will draw presentation times as well as site numbers for their cooking space.
    5.Cooking set up and start time is 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Judging starts on Saturday at 4 p.m. (1) team member MUST be at the B.B.Q. at ALL times, no exceptions. Failure to follow this rule will result in disqualification of team and forfeiture of all fees paid for the competition.
    7.All foods must be totally prepared and cooked on site.
    8.When the entry is presented in the judging area, it will be judged on how evenly it is cooked, appearance and taste. And not to be based on how a dish is garnished. Teams presentation of meats will also be included in point tally.
    9.Ingredients cannot be precooked or prepared off the contest site. Ingredients must be combined, prepped, and cooked on site.
    10.An area for starting fires and cooking will be roped off for each team for this purpose.
    11.Only manual powered appliances may be used. This means you must physically power the appliance with your muscles for blenders, food choppers, mixers, etc. no exceptions!
    12.Carson City Health Code Regulations must be followed as note in the regulations and signed by each team.
    13.All decisions of the judges are FINAL.
    14.Each team MUST supply one 5 pound or two 3 pound ABC fire extinguisher(s) to be no more than 15 feet from B.B.Q. or smoker.
    15.Be safe and have a good time fun and share some good Que! Serving the public at 6 p.m. Saturday with the D.O.G.
    16.*NOTE: all fuels for smokers are welcome, ie. Pellets, propane, electric (need your own generator) charcoal and wood.
  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd start with the California BBQ assoc. and try KCBS for rules...
    D.O rules don't necessarily work for BBQ.
    What catagories are you cookin??
    You'd be lucky to get a team to give up it's recipes, lose that rule!
    Nobody wants to "dress up" for 24 hrs while their cooking...
    Check the sites mentioned and make some adjustments and good luck!! [​IMG]
  3. ncdodave

    ncdodave Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Bubba,
    The dress is encouraged but not required. As for the recipes, should that be changed to ingredient list? It is for people with food allergies, no other reason. I did over look the categories, Categories are mentioned on the registration form but not on the rules. I'm working on the changes and will post them so you could tel me how I did.

    I appreciate the suggestions and help. Thanks,
  4. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here are the FBA rules

    1. CONTESTANT - A contestant is any individual, group, restaurant, etc. hereinafter referred to as a team that will prepare and cook an entry or entries for the purpose of being judged according to FBA rules at an FBA sanctioned contest. Each team will be comprised of a head cook and as many assistants as required. The contest organizer of an FBA sanctioned contest may not cook in any category in that contest. No team shall be allowed to compete in more than one FBA sanctioned contest on the same dates. Neither a family member of a competing cook team nor any cook team member of that cook team may enter the judging area at any time during the contest. These rules apply to both Professional Division and Backyard Teams.
    2. INTERPRETATION of RULES - The interpretation of the FBA rules and regulations are those of the FBA Representative at the contest and his or her decisions are final. The FBA Representative may not deviate from nor change any FBA rule for any contest for any reason.
    3. EQUIPMENT - Each team will supply all of the equipment necessary for the preparation and cooking of their entry including a cooker, wood, charcoal, or wood pellets. No team may share a cooker or grill with any other team.
    4. MEAT INSPECTION - All meats must be USDA or state DA inspected and passed. No pre-seasoning, injecting, marinating or cooking of any entry is permitted until after inspection by the Official Meat Inspector as appointed by the FBA Representative or the contest organizer. Meat inspection begins at noon on the day prior to the contest. All meat must be maintained at a maximum temperature of 40 degrees F prior to inspection. Prior to cooking, all meat that is resting in preparation for cooking must be covered at all times. All meats must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F. After cooking all meat must be maintained at a minimum temperature of 140 degrees F in a covered container until turned in for judging. All contest meat, once inspected, may not leave the cook team's site until turn in.
    5. COOKING FUELS - The only approved cooking media are wood, charcoal, or wood pellets. Gas of any kind or any electrical heating element may be used only to start the initial fire or to start burn barrels, charcoal chimneys, etc. A gas starter, gas flame, or electrical heating element may not be used in the cooker after the meat has entered the cooker or during the cooking process. Gas bottles must be disconnected from the cooker once the fire has started and must be removed from the immediate cooking area. A gas flame or electrical heating element may not be used in the cooker during any part of the cooking process.
    6. APPROVED COOKERS - Any wood, charcoal, or wood pellet fired cookers homemade or commercially manufactured, will be allowed to be used in FBA contests. Electric or manual operated rotisseries or rotating shelves are permitted during the cooking process. Electric or manual operated wood, charcoal, or wood pellet augers are permitted during the cooking process. Electric or manually operated power draft devices are permitted during the cooking process.
    7. CONTESTANT'S SITE - Each team will be assigned a cook site. All equipment including cooker, canopy, trailer, etc. must be contained within this space. If additional space is required the team should contact the contest organizer and make satisfactory arrangements.
    8. BEHAVIOR - Every team, including members and guests, are expected and required to exhibit proper and courteous behavior at all times. A quiet time will be in effect from 11:00 PM on the night prior to the contest judging, remaining in effect until sunrise on the following day. No alcoholic beverages will be distributed to the General Public. Teams will be informed of all local laws and will adhere to same. Failure to abide by these rules of behavior may result in expulsion from the contest and repeat offenders will be barred from competing in FBA sanctioned contests.
    9. CLEANLINESS AND SANITATION - All teams are expected to maintain their cook sites in an orderly and clean manner and to use good sanitary practices during the preparation, cooking, and judging process. The use of sanitary gloves is required at all times while handling food. Failure to use sanitary gloves may result in disqualification. Teams are responsible for cleanup of their site once the competition has ended. All federal, state and local food safety rules and regulations must be adhered to at all times. 10. MEAT CATEGORIES - the following categories are sanctioned by the FBA:
    a. Chicken: The team may cook chicken whole, halved, or individual pieces.
    b. Pork Ribs: Loin back (baby back) or spare ribs only. No country style ribs.
    c. Pork: Whole shoulder, Boston butt or Picnic only. Must be cooked as a single piece of meat.
    d. Beef Brisket: Packer trimmed, flats or points.
    11. JUDGING - FBA sanctioning allows for blind judging only. Entries will be submitted in an approved container, with NO garnish, or decorating of any kind. Only the entry to be judged is allowed in the container. Marking of any kind will disqualify the entry. Each entry will be judged on PRESENTATION, TASTE / FLAVOR, and TENDERNESS / TEXTURE. Meat may be sauced or unsauced. A minimum of 8 separate and identifiable portions must be submitted.
    12. SCORING - Each entry will be scored by 6 FBA certified judges in the areas of PRESENTATION, TASTE / FLAVOR, and TENDERNESS / TEXTURE. Scoring ranges from a low of 5.0 to a high of 10.0 in increments of .5 points for each category. Using a weighted average, the maximum score for a category is 200 points. Any entry that is disqualified as per section 13 will receive a score of zero for all three categories from all six judges at that table. 13. DISQUALIFICATION - An entry can be disqualified by the FBA Representative only. An entry can be disqualified for any of the following reasons:
    a. There is evidence of marking or sculpting. Marking is defined as: any handwritten or mechanically made mark inside or outside the turn-in box that identifies the submitting team to any judge. Sculpting is defined as: the carving, decorating, forming, or shaping of a meat entry contained in a turn-in box that identifies the submitting team to any judge.
    b. There is anything in the box besides the meat.
    c. There are not a minimum of 8 separate and identifiable pieces.
    d. There is evidence of blood such that the meat is uncooked.
    e. The entry is turned in after the officially designated time.
    f. Gloves are not used while handling food products.
    g. Not cooking pork as a single piece of meat.
    h. Not cooking the meat that was inspected.

    14. JUDGING PROCEDURE - The table captain brings all the boxes to the table. He or she announces the number of the box to be judged, opens that box and checks for rules violations such as marking, insufficient number of samples, etc. All judges score this box for presentation. Each judge then takes a sample and scores this box for taste and tenderness. The table captain makes sure that all scores for that box are recorded before moving on to the next box. This procedure is repeated for boxes 2 through 6. After all the boxes have been scored the table captain will return the boxes to a designated area. The table captain will then collect the judging slips and turn them over to the FBA representative. The use of eating utensils is not allowed. 15. WINNERS - The winners in each meat category will be determined by adding all the scores together and the team with the most points will be 1st. place, the team with the next highest total will be 2nd. place, etc. The GRAND CHAMPION will be the team with the most total points, and the RESERVE CHAMPION will be the team with the second highest total points. To qualify for either GRAND CHAMPION or RESERVE CHAMPION a team must submit entries in all four sanctioned categories. Ties in any meat category, grand or reserve champion are allowed. In the event of a tie in a meat category the next lowest rank will be omitted and the tied teams will be awarded the same rank. In the event of tie for grand champion the tied teams will be declared grand champions and there will be no reserve champion. In the event of a tie for reserve champion the tied teams will be declared reserve champions. Any prize money for the tied rank and the next lowest rank will be combined and distributed evenly amongst the tied teams. For example a two way tie for 1st place in brisket with a $500 prize for 1st place and $400 prize for 2nd place would result in the two teams sharing 1st place and $900; there would be no 2nd place award. The results of an FBA sanctioned contest are considered to be certified at midnight local time after the completion of the contest. 16. TURN IN TIMES - Each meat category turn in time will allow for a 10 minute window, that is 5 minutes before and 5 minutes after the time as suggested below:
    a. Chicken: 11:00AM
    b. Pork Ribs: 12:00PM
    c. Pork: 1:00PM
    d. Brisket: 2:00PM
    The contest organizer may revise the times but a one hour time frame between categories must be maintained. Meat turn in times as posted by the contest organizer, either in the application form or the confirmation notice, are final and cannot be changed.
  5. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think you might have a hard time with the ingredient list also.......atleast in getting honest answers [​IMG] .

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