Must become a KCBS Member

The people that want to take the class have now got to register to be a member before the class starts. They can do this either by going to KCBS.us, JOIN NOW and selecting individual membership of $40 or the family membership $55, the family membership is for 2 people living under the same roof.

What I Think Being a KCBS BBQ Judge Really Means

Judging BBQ at a KCBS event means being honorable in your endeavor to remain objective where each entry is concerned. Competitors spend as much as $1,000 to compete at a KCBS BBQ competition by the time you factor in entry fees, food costs, transportation expenses, fuel, etc. What’s more, these folks work extremely hard to hone their craft as professional BBQ pit masters.

You also have to understand that organizing a KCBS BBQ competition and having it sanctioned means a ton of hard work on the part of event coordinators. These wonderful folks work on a volunteer basis in most cases, and they spend countless hours arranging for judges, ensuring team cook sites have proper water, electricity, access to ice, etc, and so much more.

An Overview of the KCBS Judging Process

There are four categories in a KCBS BBQ competition:

  • Chicken

  • Ribs

  • Pork

  • Beef Brisket

For each category of meat, there are specific standards to which judges are obligated to adhere. This ain’t your average backyard BBQ fare. The standards of which I speak are quite rigorous.

Judges Registration Process

Sign in Saturday, September 21 - 8:45 am

Class starts at 9:00 am

Chamber of Commerce

111 W Main St

El Dorado, AR 71730

(870) 863-6113



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Murphy USA Smoke on the Square KCBS Certified Judge Class

September 21, 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce Building






111 W Main St

El Dorado, AR 71730

(870) 863-6113






Please fill out all fields. When you are finished press the Register Button at the bottom of the page. An information page summarizing what you have submitted will automatically be sent to the organizers and to the email address you furnished. Please print out this information page for your records. 

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: In consideration of your “submission or acceptance” of this entry, I, the undersigned, Intending to be legally bound, hereby from myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages against the Smoke on the Water BBQ Cook-Off Committee, State of Arkansas, City of El Dorado, Main Street El Dorado, Smoke on the Water Productions,their agents, successors and assignees for any and all injuries suffered by me in this event. Further, I hereby grant full permission to the Smoke on the Water Productions Committee and/or any and all agents authorized by them to use any photographs, video tapes, motion pictures, recording and any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose. I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the Smoke on the Water BBQ Cook-Off Committee and/or any and all agents authorized by them.

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