I judged both, Invitational and Open, and I must say that it was an interesting experience! Invitational went very well and my table pretty much agreed about each meat. But the Open was different! We had one judge who was not a CBJ and who was all over the place with his scores! The rest of us gave high marks for entries yet this judge gave 6s and 7s for the same thing. He doesn't cook or judge except for the Open and this was his third year there. There ought to be a law!!!
Contrary to what KCBS says, there was NOT 100% CBJs for the Open!
CMJ - KCBS
CBJ - MBN, NCBS, NCPC
OBJ - BBQCritic.com
CTC - KCBS
Pitmaster and chef - "4 Lil' Pigs" Competition BBQ Team
Author of "A 'Q' Review"
Lang Hybrid Smoker, BDS, Holland "Epic"