I've never repped a competition so I'm going to go out on a limb and say "Yes, certified judges DO get the nod." I'd like to think competitors would rather they had certified judges tasting their entrees.
And here we gooooooo.
NB El Dorado Offset, Primo Oval Junior, Traeger Model 075 Pellet Pooper, Big Chief, Kingfisher Kooker 14" gas/wood combo, PBC Brethren Edition
Home Brewer, Murderer of Squirrels, Armadillo Inspector
Flaming Pig Head Mod
Black Thermapen, red backlit Thermapen
Certified KCBS BBQ Judge