Each table has a "Captain" who doesn't judge; his/her job is to present the samples to the others at the table. Then the judging starts. They did 3 separate types of judging that night, which took almost 2 hours.
The next day Randy went back early to judge the children's entries, followed by the Backyard BBQ entires, which is the amateur level. I showed up later to wander through the fair again. There were lots of free samples, including pulled pork, beef jerky, salad dressing, aspirin and my favorite, S'mores! (I got in that line twice.) I did not get any homemade ice cream but I did admire the little engine they used to turn the crank.
With it's exposed radiator, it looks similar to a larger engine I admired at the Vista Gas and Steam Engine parade.
The BBQ teams had names like "Fired and Wired", "Hot Ashes", "Good and Any BBQ "and "Swine Dynasty". The larger teams set up huge displays that would be right at home in a State Fair.
And there was a wide variety of smokers. Some were store-bought but most were hand-made to the individual's specific idea of the perfect smoker.
We enjoyed this event a lot and are looking forward to more BBQ cook-offs. The people who show up for these are a relaxed, happy crowd, ready to eat BBQ and have some fun!
One year ago: Driving through Texas . . . again
Two years ago: Driving through Texas