Have you ever been to a community or town festival, smelled wood, smoke and meat, gotten hyped, then suffered the ultimate disappointment when told you couldn't have any of what was cookin'? Sadly, this is the experience of many attendees of barbecue cook-offs around the great state of Texas.
Catherine Downes Choose wisely, eat quickly.
When sanctioned, cook-offs are really more about the competitors than the public. Winners earn points toward a Kansas City Barbecue Association (KCBA) championship, or an International Barbecue Cookers' Association (IBCA) championship, and in Texas, of course we have the Lonestar Barbecue Society (LBS), which sanctions events in Texas and surrounding states. Rarely in events sanctioned by any of these bodies is there a "People's Choice" category. And it usually has something to do with liability related to giving the public food that has no opportunity to be officially inspected (boooooooo, liability).More »