When my wife and I first got into BBQ, we decided to start by judging, due to family comitments, knowing we would, in a few years start cooking as a team.
Well we had 22 contests under our belts(no pun intended) as judges when we started cooking. So much valuabe info was gained by doing that. We saw so many presentations, tasted so many flavor profiles and spoke to so many judges about what they did and didn't like about the entries we had just judged.(after the score cards are turned in)
We are now in our second year of competing and have also become KCBS Master CBJ's
We encourage every judge to go out and make friends with the teams and cook with a team as early as possible. And we also encourage the teams that want to know what the judges want, to go judge.
Backwoods Competitor, Backwoods Chubby,UDS, Weber OT Gold
Super Fast Super Accurate Blue Thermapen, Mavrick 732
Husband & Wife Team (so far)
Hug Hogs Competition BBQ Team
New Palestine IN