We arrived in Faribault early in the morning to check in at Minnesota in May,
an annual contest run by the Minnesota Barbeque Society
and sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society
for which we are newly certified judges.
It was an interesting day. We experienced a very professionally organized event. The judging is blind and conducted in an honest and carefully monitored fashion. No talking is allowed during the judging process. Entries are turned in at 30 minute intervals and each entry is judged on appearance, taste and tenderness.
The first entries we tasted were turkey breast, provided to contestants by Jennie-O. I am going to be experimenting with this in the smoker as soon as possible.
We then moved on to the four meats sanctioned by KCBS.
The first turn-in is always chicken.
Second is ribs.
Third is pork.
And fourth is brisket.
Here is a picture of me at work. I found it this morning on the contest website!
As first time judges, we were well mentored and I feel so much more confident about the task. Next time I have to drink more water during the event. Although we only take two bites of each sample, that was much more salt than I normally consume in one day! Our next judging event is in three weeks. At this contest, we work both Friday and Saturday.
We both came away from this contest knowing our nephews, with whom we have experienced contests from the cooks' perspective, are top competitors.
We have a busy week ahead. I have auditions for the children's chorus for the summer show and we host our dinner group next weekend. I'll keep you posted.