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 B.B.Q. COOK-OFF RULES 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. 6.one (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.