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ALERT: We Now Have All The Judges We Need - Registration Is Only For Our Waiting List

Judging Information

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Capital BBQ Festival Presented by Freedom Harley-Davidson Ottawa as a competition judge! We are very excited to host Ottawa's 3rd Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition as a part of this BBQ Festival.

We are currently seeking certified KCBS judges who are interested in judging at this year's competition.

Events to be judged include:


KidsQ Contest (Saturday, Aug 5) Children aged 7-15 and under are invited to give us their best Chicken Wings and Sausage in our KidsQ competition. Judging will be performed onsite.
Backyard Grilling Contest (Saturday, Aug 5) Teams will turn-in 4 dishes, at 30 minute intervals for judging. This year's dishes are Bacon Appetizers, Any Meat Burger, Pizza and Chocolate Dessert.
KCBS Competition (Sunday, Aug 6) Teams to cook 4 meats (Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt, & Brisket). The cooking source shall be of wood, wood pellets or charcoal. KCBS Rules and regulations apply.


You are also welcome to participate in judging non CBJ-judged events, such as:


People's Choice Chicken Wings (Friday, Aug 4) All are welcome to come cook their best wing recipe and allow the crowds to vote for the winners.
Charity Ribfest (Saturday, Aug 5) Judge's seats are sold to raise funds for our charities.
People's Choice Pulled Pork (Sunday, Aug 6) KCBS Teams square off for the title of Best Pulled Pork, as decided by the crowds.


PLEASE NOTE: Filling out an application does not assure you of being selected as a judge for this competition. Some judges will be placed on a waiting list to accommodate last minute cancellations and change in schedules.

If you have submitted a judging application and are now not able to attend our event, please inform us via email. If you have been confirmed as a judge already or been put on the waiting list, please contact our festival coordinator directly (the person who contacted you to let you know your status).

Certified Barbeque Judge's Oath: I do solemnly swear to objectively and subjectively evaluate each Barbeque meat that is presented to my eyes, my nose, my hands and my palate. I accept my duty to be an Official KCBS Certified Judge, so that truth, justice, excellence in Barbeque and the American Way of Life may be strengthened and preserved forever.

Thanks so much and we're looking forward to a great event!