The event is called Smokin’ For Gold
The only other KCBS event that I attended was Pigfest this past January in Lakeland Florida.
The Blue Mountains Chili Ribfest KCBS and CSBBQ BBQ Competitions in Clarksburg has been on my calendar for months ever since it was first announced.
My friend Joe Simeunovich and I decided to make a day of it and even though was a 3 day long event , looking at the schedule I felt the Saturday would be the best day to attend as they were having the KCBS turn ins and judging plus the Chili Cook-off as well. Sunday would of been interesting to see as well as they were having the Whole Hog CSBBQ cooking contest but I could not attend both days.
I had taken so many photographs (200 of them) that there is no way that I could post them all in my blog so if you would like to see all of the pictures you can do so here on my facebook page.
Also there were more than one story line here so I will be posting a couple of different reviews of our day in Clarksburg.
This post I will concentrate on the KCBS event first as that was the most newsworthy in my opinion.
21 Teams competed in 4 categories, Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork, and Brisket and the teams turn ins are judged by certified KCBS Judges in 3 areas including Taste, Appearance, Tenderness/Texture. Each area is given a score of 1-9 with 1 being disqualified and 2-9 being levels of score, a 9 being perfect. 6 judges judge each entry with the lowest score thrown out and then the scores are entered into a computer to be given a total score out of 180. It is a weighted system where the Taste score is doubled and added to the Appearance and Tenderness/Texture scores to end up with 5 judges each giving up to a total of 36 points for a total score that is up to a possible 180
In case you are interested in how the system works in more detail, I found these two articles on the net.
Both are pretty old articles but I would imagine the rules have not changed much.
Here is a link to the KCBS Rules as of 2011
As I mentioned earlier I took in the Pigfest KCBS event in Lakeland Florida so I had something to compare this Canadian show to.
First off I can tell you that the venue was huge! There was plenty of parking and there was also an option of a shuttle bus that was on the highway.
This show was multi-purpose as it was not only a KCBS comp, but also a Chili cook-off and a Ribfest that also had a midway.
Parking was $10.00 and admission was $5.00
There was only one team out of the 21 competing teams that I had the pleasure of meeting before and that was Diva Q’s Danielle Dimovski, though I took the time to chat with a number of the other competing teams once all of the turn ins had been done and the competitors had a chance to relax.
If you have ever been to one of these KCBS events and talked to any of the participants you will know as I do that they are the friendliest people you could ever meet and they are a pleasure to sit with, learn from and enjoy their company.
Here are a few of the picture I took of some of the competing teams that I met with.
Jason Rees gave me his card which has his social networking contacts on it which I will have to add to my lists.
The Judging and the Results!
Here are the results of the judging. I will list the top 10 in each category along with pictures of the top 3 teams getting their awards.
I do have many more pictures of all of the award winners o that facebook page I mentioned at the top.
Danielle of Div Q was really pumped when her name was anounced for a perfect score of 180 (now you know why I explained the 180 score earlier)
She has recieved a couple of 180′s before but never for a protein her previous 180′s were in the dessert category which was not a category at this show)
As she was running up to the stage I could hear her exclaim that she was not worthy of it, this had caught her completely off guard, not to mention getting no sleep in the previous two days while preparing.
Here is a picture I took of her right at the moment that she heard her name called in Brisket.
Thanks to my friend Wayne Brown that is also a KCBS Judge in NC for sending me a link that shows exactly how rare a KCBS 180 score actually is.
After the individual awards were handed out it was time to announce the over all…
Reserve and Grand Champions
There is a complete listing of the results and scores at the KCBS site Smokin’ For Gold
It was a wonderful day, I am by no means an expert and have little to compare to but I have to hand it to the organizers of the Blue Mountains Chili Ribfest for creating such a great atmosphere and the town of Clarksburg and the Rotary Club did an outstanding job in celebrating BBQ.
Joe and I had a great time and look forward to coming back in 2012 for the 2nd Annual event!