FAQ

What is KCBS
KCBS sanctions and judges BBQ competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America’s cuisine. It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world. Simply put, KCBS is the Biggest and Best in Barbeque

How does KCBS sanction a BBQ competition? 
By providing the most respected form of judging and scoring in the world of BBQ. KCBS provides a representative for each contest and an appropriate number of certified BBQ judges who have been trained in how to judge world class barbeque, all while using a blind judging process that is fair and void of personal knowledge of teams being judged.

How many competitions does KCBS sanction? 
KCBS sanctions nearly 400 events across the world, and sanctions contests in just about every State and over 35 countries

Does KCBS only judge Kansas City style BBQ? 
No. KCBS judges are trained in a manner that allows them to appropriately judge ALL types of barbeque, from St. Louis and Texas styles to Memphis and Carolina styles. Our contests are held in every region in the U.S. and in many countries around the world, and as a result receive the same fair, unbiased, trained judging process.

How many members does KCBS have? 
KCBS has more than 18,000 members throughout the world.

How does one become a KCBS member?
An individual membership to KCBS costs $40, and includes a subscription to the digital BullSheet, the society’s monthly magazine, as well as inclusion in numerous discounts and special offers. A family membership costs $55. Click here to join now.

How do I find contests or Certified Barbeque Judging Classes near me?
Go to the Events tab on www.kcbs.us and click "Find Events."

How does one become a KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge? 
By attending one of the numerous official judging classes conducted by KCBS each year throughout the country. Each class has an enrollment fee (which is discounted  for members), and instructs students on how to judge world class BBQ. An updated list of judging classes are listed on the KCBS official website.

What categories does KCBS judge at contests? 
KCBS conducts official competitions at each event in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. 

What are the qualities that a KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge looks for as he or she judges? 
A KCBS judge evaluates barbeque in three different criteria: taste, appearance and texture.

How long has KCBS been around? 
KCBS was formed in 1986 by Gary and Carolyn Wells and Rick Welch. How is KCBS operated? As a non­profit corporation, KCBS is administered by a 12 ­seat board of directors.