The third annual King City Barbeque Showdown is coming to Mt. Vernon in June, and the Kansas City Barbeque Society is looking for a few good judges who won’t mind having all the barbeque they can eat.
The Kansas City Barbeque Society will hold a judging school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at United Methodist Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon. Once qualified as a KCBS judge, participants can judge any KCBS competition in the country.
The judging school is $40 for Kansas City Barbeque Society members and $70 for non-members (this fee also grants official membership to the KCBS).
During the Showdown, contestants will prepare one or all of four types of meat – pork shoulder, pork ribs, beef brisket and chicken. KCBS rules require judges to assess the quality of each entry in the areas of appearance, taste/texture and tenderness. Each entry is evaluated independently by each judge and separately from all other entries. They also are evaluated on their own terms.
If you are served an Indian spiced chicken, the question is not whether it favorably compares to some ideal of barbequed chicken that exists in your mind, the question is, does it taste good? Is it the best Indian chicken you’ve had? Can you find any defects or off-notes? In other words, you don’t mark it down merely because it tastes of Indian spices. This becomes very important when evaluating regional styles of barbeque.
The third annual King City Barbeque Showdown is scheduled for June 10, 11 and 12 and will be held at the north end of Potomac Boulevard near the Rend Lake College MarketPlace and Holiday Inn. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy great barbeque, games, music and fun for the entire family.
Anyone interested in attending the judging school can contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at (618) 242-5725. The event is sponsored by Rend Lake College, the Chamber and the Kansas City Barbeque Society.