View Full Version : Another Practice Question - A practice judge?

Old Virginia Smoke
04-12-2013, 08:44 AM
I had another practice question. We are doing a full fledge set up and cook around turn in times in a week so that we can get a feel for how we'll do at our first event. I am sure other teams do this, but then as I got to thinking, I was wondering if anyone has ever done this and then invited any local CBJ's or brethren to come by and judge their boxes?

04-12-2013, 09:04 AM
I talked to some fellow KCBS judges at a MBN training class a month or so ago, and they were telling me that they had been doing exactly this a few weeks earlier. Some teams local to them got a few judges together and basically did a practice contest.

04-12-2013, 09:05 AM
Man, it sure would be nice to get real feedback like that.

04-12-2013, 09:08 AM
I'm sure they have and it's probably very helpful if you can honest opinions on your turn-ins. It saves a lot of trial and error too, although you will tweak what you do until you score high on a fairly consistent basis. Some of the best comp. cooks I know are either HJs or help out regularly.

04-12-2013, 09:09 AM
Wouldn't hurt to have a CBJ or two judge your boxes. Find a local CBJ and ask if they would be willing to judge for you. Maybe offer a little incentive besides free 'que and work with their schedule.

Old Virginia Smoke
04-12-2013, 09:18 AM
I could also offer free beer. :) Which is always a nice bonus.

Cast Iron Chef
04-12-2013, 09:46 AM
The Nevada BBQ Association is doing one the end of this month. We are cooking and we have CBJ's coming to judge. We will be in the Judges tent so we can observe as they judge. We still need more judges if anyone is interested.

Fatback Joe
04-12-2013, 10:13 AM
Just make sure it isn't judge #6 that you invite. :mmph:

Cast Iron Chef
04-12-2013, 11:01 AM
Just make sure it isn't judge #6 that you invite. :mmph:

We'll do it like the casinos with no 13th floor. Judge 5, judge 7. :-P

04-12-2013, 11:20 AM
Been there, done that. It can be useful.

Just be mindful that the opinions of the judges you round up may or may not be representative of what you will encounter in a live contest. Also, people always are less critical when they have to face the competitiors directly - it's just human nature.

04-12-2013, 01:41 PM
A few winters ago a group of 4 to 6 local CBJ's were invited to provide feedback once a week for about 5 weeks for a local team. We did the full score, appearance, taste, and tenderness. Then we spent an hour or so discussing what we liked of each criteria, and a few tests that didn't go so well, lol. I think he got some good feedback, and we got some good q.