It’s the first time that’s been offered in the D.C. region.
“There are a lot of events in the area that would love to take more teams and expand their contests,” said Andrew Shaffer, who organizes the Giant Barbecue Battle. “Their restriction right now is the number of available judges in the area. The more judges, the more teams we can have.”
The class runs about four hours long, and while that may sound boring, it also sounds delicious.
“Individuals taking the class, they’ll be sampling chicken, ribs, pork and brisket,” Shaffer said. “The KCBS instructors will go through what to look for.”
Judges will rate a barbecue team’s food based on appearance, taste and the tenderness of the meat, with appearance being the least important factor.