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Williefb
07-11-2013, 06:56 PM
Our local fair is having a Backyard BBQ Competition with 3 categories

1. Chicken - any type
2. Beef steak - must be a ribeye
3. Pork ribs - baby backs or spares

This is the schedule for the day.


Meat inspection - 9 - 9:30 AM
Chicken judged - 4 PM
Steak judged - 4:30 PM
Ribs judged - 5 PM
My questions are


What kind of chicken would you cook?
Baby backs or spares?
How do you do the most visually appealing competition box?
I've never been in a BBQ competition other than to see who can eat the most. My two sons are cooking a lot with me and I think this could be great fun for our family but if we are going to play we want to play to win.

Thanks in advance for you comments!

DeepElemCue
07-11-2013, 07:05 PM
1. Big Bob Gibson style (stands out)
2. Spares cut generous for the judges
3 I always use curly leaf lettuce and a final hot spritz/glaze right before turn in

Bludawg
07-11-2013, 07:39 PM
Cook 1/2 birds Make sure you brine
I prefer St Louis cut spares
We don't put salad in our boxes in TX

JeffR
07-11-2013, 07:46 PM
If they are using backyard judges I wold cook what ever chicken you think you cook the best. Flavorful and moist. Sometime backyard comps try to get CBJ's and they may let their "training" still influence them.

Visit bbqcritic.com to see some comp boxes

DepChief22
07-12-2013, 08:36 PM
Our local fair is having a Backyard BBQ Competition with 3 categories

1. Chicken - any type
2. Beef steak - must be a ribeye
3. Pork ribs - baby backs or spares

This is the schedule for the day.


Meat inspection - 9 - 9:30 AM
Chicken judged - 4 PM
Steak judged - 4:30 PM
Ribs judged - 5 PM
My questions are


What kind of chicken would you cook?
Baby backs or spares?
How do you do the most visually appealing competition box?
I've never been in a BBQ competition other than to see who can eat the most. My two sons are cooking a lot with me and I think this could be great fun for our family but if we are going to play we want to play to win.

Thanks in advance for you comments!



Just cook what you feel that you cook the best. Just don't try and over thank it. Just have fun.

Stark-O-Rama
07-13-2013, 01:43 AM
1. Chicken Legs - Brine them first - People love a handle (not KCBS Judges though ;)
2. St. Louis Cut Spares - Hollywood Cut
3. FILL the box with meat - don't let your garnish overwhelm

boogiesnap
07-13-2013, 04:03 AM
1)i agree with legs
2)gonna buck the trend here and say babybacks, practically falling off the bone.
3)i agree with going to bbqcritic for boxes. is garnish allowed?