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Judging Procedures

8th Annual Texas Kosher Barbecue Championship

The following are the judging criteria to be used in The Texas Kosher BBQ Championship. A $2,000 Grand Prize and Belt Buckles will be awarded for the Grand Champion. Belt Buckles will be awarded for Best Beef Brisket, Chicken, Fish, and Beans entries. Trophies will be awarded for the second and third places in categories for Beef Brisket, Chicken, Fish, and Beans.

To protect the integrity of this competition, all Judges will be from The Culinary Institute of San Antonio to ensure that the quality of the teams’ entries will be judged objectively based upon their merits.

Judging, other than for name, will be “blind judging.” Judges will not know the identity of the team(s) being judged. Only Judges, contest representatives and necessary support staff are allowed in the judging area during the judging process.

Judges should limit their discussion with the other Judges while judging.

Judging containers will be delivered to each team. If your team does not receive judging containers, send a team member to the Judges’ Center to get them. Teams will be instructed to bring their judging containers to the Judges’ Center at the designated times as follows:




10:30 a.m.


12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

The Judging points of each category are listed below:

Entries are scored in whole numbers from 9 (Excellent) to 2 (Poor). All whole numbers between 2 and 9 may be used to score an entry, with 5 as the starting point or benchmark. The low score for each entry will be thrown out and results will then be tallied. Total points per entry will determine the winners in each classification.

Cumulative points for all categories, with greater weight given to the meat cooking contest points as compared to the beans, will determine the Overall Grand Champion as follows:

1st Place 65

2nd Place 55

3rd Place 45

1st Place 55

2nd Place 45

3rd Place 35

1st Place 45

2nd Place 35

3rd Place 25

1st Place 35

2nd Place 25

3rd Place 15

In addition to the formal judging contest, there will be a People’s Choice award given, so make sure you bring plenty of supporters to the BBQ for their votes. The People’s Choice voting will end at 2:00 p.m. Voting will be conducted digitally this year. More details coming soon!

Results of the competition will be announced around 3:00 p.m. You must be present to win.