Judging Overview

We are currently transitioning to a new judging class and certification program. While we are always looking for new SLBS judges, we are encouraging current SLBS judges to recertify also. Our expanded judging program will now feature a more in-depth and hands on approach during the classes. We feel that with the improvements we have made to our judging class, you will now have the education and experience needed to better judge championship quality BBQ. While all of our judges have been doing a great job over the years, it is important that everyone is up to date with the latest cooking and judging trends within the SLBS. 
The benefits of becoming a certified SLBS judge:

-You will be able to judge SLBS BBQ Competitions.
-Gain a thorough understanding of how to evaluate championship BBQ.
-Understand how to test for properly cook entries.
-Gain knowledge of how different flavor profiles compliment smoked meats.
-Develop a better understanding of the different aspects of BBQ competitions.
-Interact one-on-one with some of St. Louis’ foremost BBQ minds.
-Share you love of food with other BBQ enthusiast.

Leveling Up

As judges gain additional SLBS judging experience they will be awarded points for their efforts. The points will allow contest organizers and SLBS ambassadors to know the experience levels of the judges at a given contest. This will allow the SLBS to do table assignments that will provide for a truly balanced judging. By placing judges of varying experience at the same table our more experiences judges will have the opportunity to mentor our newer judges and walk them through the nuances of judging an SLBS event. The more experienced judges will be an extension of the judging class to our new judges as they get their feet wet judging actual events.

Your path to Leveling Up is just a class away. All SLBS judges that wish to Level Up must attend the new judging class and re-certification course. For current SLBS judges, we feel that re-certification is an excellent tool to keep you at the forefront of BBQ judging. Competition BBQ is ever changing and we want to make sure everyone is up to date with the latest rules and procedures within the SLBS. The Grandfather clause will allow for re-certified judges in good standing to be award points for the contest they have previously judged. All of the judges that we have re-certified thus far have been very impressed with the expanded curriculum and class structure of the new judging program.

Points Awarded
1 Point – For each day of judging an event
2 Points – Becoming a new certified SLBS Judge
3 Points – Judges that have attended a re-certification course

Levels
Bronze
1 – 10 points

Silver
11 – 25 Points
Silver judges are eligible to become table captains

Gold
Earned over 26 points

Elite Diamond
Earned over 35 points
Successfully passed the Diamond Test
Assisted a contest ambassador
Competed with a competition team

 

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