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Old 05-20-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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Join Date: 05-31-05
Location: Northern California
Default 4-H BBQ Club Projects & Contests

My kids are very involved in 4-H, and for the last 2 years our county has had Dutch Oven Cooking as a project group at both the local and county level. The first year the group was small but successful and the members had fun learning a true 'old world' cooking method. This year, the group has grown and there is a lot of interest and participation. I think that this type of cooking project is especially interesting to the boys as it's a more 'manly' type of cooking. This got me to thinking that a BBQ group would be fun for the kids. But, in asking around nobody in my county, or in all of California 4-H seemed to know if BBQ was an approved project.

Well, after doing some digging, I've finally found that "Q" is indeed an approved project group in 4-H! In fact, there is a national 4-H contest for grilled Chicken and Turkey in Lexington, KY. This competition is part of the poultry and egg conference that is held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Expo.

I've found some pretty good info from MS, KY and NC on their state wide broiler BBQ projects format, and am continuing my search for additional information and resources for starting a program locally.

I'm working on a presentation for our County chapter to lead a club level project for BBQ next year, and will push to have this culminate with a competition and presentation at next years county fair. I am hoping that some of the brethren have experience with teaching and leading a 4-H BBQ project or contest. While I realize that this is not ground breaking on a national level, it sure feels like it is on the local and state level here in CA, so ANY experience or help will be much appreciated .
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:44 PM   #2
Juggy D Beerman
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Location: Warrensburg, MO

Yo Jamie, The Missouri State Fair has a BBQ competition for the 4-H members. Here is a link to the rules for the contest:


They rules are as follows:

Monday, August 17, 2009 - 9:30 a.m. to Noon
East of the 4-H Building
Jesse Lyons - Chair - 573-882-0247
WHO CAN ENTER: Any 4-H member in the state, enrolled in any 4-H project,
if between the ages of 13-18 (as of January 1). Pre-registration will be due
through the local Extension Center no later than July 1.
1. Each contestant will prepare, using charcoal barbecue grilling techniques,
four (4) 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound chicken halves provided to them
by the contest monitors.
2. There will be a 2 1/2 hour limit on preparation time of the chicken.
Contestant is to turn in the cooked product at or before the end of the
stated cooking time. Two barbecued halves will be presented to the
judges on plates without garnishes. Plates will be provided.
3. Charcoal and lighter fluid will be provided, although contestants may
bring their own charcoal and lighter fluid. Self-starting charcoal may
not be used. Barbecue grills will be available for the contestants if one
is requested during pre-registration. Contestants may use their own
grills provided the grill grid area is approximately 350 to 400 square
4. All other equipment and supplies, including sauce, must be furnished
by the contestant. Sauce may be commercial or private recipe. Recipe
of sauce such as brand or major ingredient must be provided to the
5. The chicken will be provided to the contestant prior to starting time. The
contestant may not inject fluid or sauce into the chicken. Baskets may
not be used for turning.
6. Contestants will be scored on barbecue skills as demonstrated while
preparing, cooking the chicken, and by sensory evaluation of the
finished product.
7. Contestants may have one adult (leader or parent) as a coach
supervising and assisting during set-up, although cooking and product
handling is restricted to the contestant.
8. Ribbons will be awarded. Winning contestant who is 14-18 years old
as of January 1 of the current year will qualify for the National 4-H
Chicken Barbecue Demonstration Contest in Louisville, Kentucky in

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:07 PM   #3
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It looks like the format for the 4-H contests is pretty much the same across the nation. I do find it interesting that Missouri does not seem to require member to do BBQ as a project in order to compete in the state level competition.
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