There are "Rib Contests" There are "BBQ Contests" and there are "Rib Burns"
A "Rib Burn" is an event that is designed to make money---usually for a charity. A "Rib Burn" is touted as a "Rib Contest" so that folks with money will show up to buy ribs. Typical "Rib Burn" slogans are "Award Winning" and "Fall Off The Bone." Judging at "Rib Burns" has no criteria and no Certified judges. "Rib Burn" cooks are asked to cook enough ribs to feed "X" amount of people. This number is usually dreamed up by whoever is promoting the event.
1) Are you doing this to make money?
Most events like this-sell tickets--vendors collect tickets--vendors get paid certain per cent of tickets worth--Translation-hard to make money
2) Quality of ribs
If the cook does not have proper equipment to turn out "competition" quality ribs---then the public is being cheated. If ribs are precooked, held for hours on steam table, etc--then the quality will be inferior
Would I cook at this event----yes, but not to make money, or to get exposure----I would cook for one reason only-----because I am 100% supportive of the charity being supported
Rib Burns will not make money, Rib Burns will not show cooking talent---Rib Burns are to cook as many ribs as you can to make the most money for a charity