Barbeque lovers can be certified

Monday, 11 February 2008
Bixby, Okla. – Ever been told how great your barbeque is? Think your backyard skills can hold up to the likes of national champions?  Now’s your chance to find out!  The Kansas City Barbeque Society is hosting a class in Bixby on Feb. 16 for anyone who wants to become a Certified Barbeque Judge.

“Many backyard barbequers don’t know how professionals determine what ‘good’ barbeque really is,” said Merl Whitebook, who will be schooling the participants in how to properly judge barbeque.  “With this class you will be able to fine tune your palate and get a feel for competitive barbequing at the highest level.”

During the class, attendees will learn how to judge food based on the society’s three key categories: appearance, taste and texture/tenderness.

Once certified, participants will be permitted to judge in cooking events, both locally and regionally. With events being held in the surrounding Tulsa area, participants will have the opportunity to put their skills to the test.

For those who try to compete from time to time anyway, the class is the perfect way to get a leg up on other competitive barbeque teams by learning what certified judges are looking for.

The $75 cost for the class also includes a one-year KCBS membership.  With over 8,000 members, KCBS is the largest barbeque organization in the world, sanctioning more than 300 events coast to coast. The registration fee for KCBS members is $45. Both fees cover class expenses (food and supplies).

For more information on the Certified Barbecue Judge class, contact Dennis Laudermilk at (918) 641-0469 or  To learn more about the benefits of a KCBS membership, log onto

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 February 2008 )