Judges and cook info for East coast, pa Charity BBQ Competition | Hava Nagrilla

You and your fellow judges will help make our event a great success. The Hava Nagrilla Charity BBQ Championship is a KCBS sanctioned event and as such, judges will be accepted on a first come basis.  We look forward to having you join us in making this a successful BBQ Event. The judges will perform their duties inside, in a comfortable indoor space.

Please take the time to review and fill out the application 

*ALL judges positions are filled for 2018! 

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A team must consist of a minimum of 1 person but no more than 4 people. All team members must sign this form. Team members can sign at the event prior to the competition. *Deadline for Registration: April 1, 2018

The 4 meats for competition will be: full 1st and 2nd cut brisket (packer cut), 10 beef short ribs (10 separate cut beef short ribs), 1 whole turkey (14-16 pounds), 10 chicken thighs. All these meats will be purchased by Hava Nagrilla committee and supplied to you at the mandatory cooks meeting on Thursday August 23rd at 6pm at the Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El. You must place one piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of each styrofoam box. The aluminum foil should not reach up to the sides of the styrofoam box. Remember that this is a no garnish barbecue event! A representative of each team must come to the Thursday meeting prior to the event to accept the meats and start your creative preparations. The mashgiach will be present to inspect all spices and ingredients that you bring to the event. The mashgiach will have the final approval of all the ingredients. If you have any questions, please inform us and we will pass them along to the Kosher supervisor.

Everything you bring must be Kosher certified , new and unopened.

Cooking Teams: Please fill out our Team Ingredient Form 4 weeks before the competition.

~ You may bring your own meat and grill thermometers as long as they are brand new, unopened and sealed

~ You may also bring your own BBQ fan

 ~ All seasoning and injected fluids must be Kosher and unopened when you present them to the Kosher supervisors on Thursday evening.

~ All BBQ and cooking utensils. *A 3 piece knife set will be provided by Ergo Chef, our official supplier of BBQ Cook Knives. [View a video about Ergo Chef's Precision Sharp Ergonomic Cutlery] (although you may bring your own internal meat thermometers as long as they are new, sealed and in their packaging).

The Kosher superviser will be under the auspices of Keystone-K. We will be providing many Keystone K spices for use at the Thursday evening meeting.
If you want to use something special please email and we may purchase it for your use. You will not be allowed to bring any prepared sauces or broths from your kitchen even if you keep it strictly Kosher. However, you will be allowed to bring sauces that are sealed and brand new and Kosher certified. Once you have prepared all your meats they will be collected and placed in a well-marked plastic bag and placed in our refrigerators. If you are unsure about Kosher certification, please go to the Keystone K to view what is acceptable.

The brisket will be distributed Saturday evening to all the cooking teams after the Sabbath ends, the rest of the meats will be distributed on Sunday morning. However, if a cooking team wishes to defer the preparations in the other meat categories they will have a full opportunity to access the refrigerator with the chicken, turkey and beef ribs. Ice will be provided on Sunday morning to all the cooking teams by a separate vendor. Professional welding gloves and hot food BBQ gloves will be given to each cooking team as well.This will be a strictly non-garnish event! Any cooking team that uses garnish will be disqualified.

There will be a trash can available for grease and ashes at the event during cleanup. There will also be a water station with a hose as well as 2 pressure washers to help with cleaning that will be available for all BBQ teams after the festival. We will be providing 10 x 10 pop-up tents for each cooking team with lighting to be installed by our electrician. That will be the size of each cooking teams area. Each team gets two tables for food preparation and food staging.

For further rules & regulations please refer to the KCBS website or email.

Hava Nagrilla will provide all smokers for the competition. We will be providing a 22 inch Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker and a 22" Weber kettle grill.

Cooking teams will be responsible to bring their own flavored woods and charcoal, as well as a fire extinguisher, cooler and sleeping gear and battery operated flashlights. If you'd like to bring a lounge chair or futon, you are encouraged to do so. If you wish to bring a small, portable generator it must be quiet running.

Team Application/Registration Form Details:

Only 20 teams will be accepted for the 2018 competition. There is also a waiting list.


Hava NaGrilla 2018 cooking team cost is $450 plus $100 refundable deposit.
We require that all teams pay a $100 deposit by April 1st which will be refunded after all team smokers are cleaned and inspected by our Hava Nagrilla representative. In order for the $100 deposit to be refunded, the cooking area should be cleaned and cleared of all trash, ash and litter. The $100 will be refunded  7 days after the Hava Nagrilla event. No cooking team entries will be finalized until the registration fee is fully paid.

We have many teams returning next year for the 2018 contest. This is a first come first serve application list. To reserve your place we encourage you to pay your hundred dollar refundable deposit as soon as possible and at the very latest by April 1, 2018. Final payment of $450 and application must be received by June 26, 2018. It is quite likely that we will have all teams registered and paid up prior to that time. There will be a waiting list and we will take teams off the list as needed.

Final payments due by June 26, 2018


  • 100% refund of fee paid if request to withdraw is made by May 26, 2018
  • 50% refund of fee paid if request to withdraw is made by June 26, 2018
  • NO refund of fee paid if request to withdraw is made AFTER June 26, 2018 (unless team from waiting list fills spot with full fee paid minus $50 for late cancellation)

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I do solemnly swear to objectively and subjectively evaluate each Barbeque meat that is presented to my eyes, my nose, my hands and my palate. I accept my duty to be an Official KCBS Certified Judge, so that truth, justice, excellence in Barbeque and the American Way of Life may be strengthened and preserved forever.

What is KCBS?
KCBS sanctions and judges BBQ competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America's cuisine. It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world.

How does KCBS sanction a BBQ competition?
By providing the most respected form of judging and scoring in the world of BBQ, KCBS provides representatives for each contest and access to certified BBQ judges who have been trained in how to judge world-class barbeque, all while using a blind judging process that is fair and void of personal knowledge of teams being judged.

How many competitions does KCBS sanction?
KCBS sanctions nearly 300 events across the country, and sanctions contests in 44 states.

Does KCBS only judge Kansas City style BBQ?
No. KCBS judges are trained in a manner that allows them to appropriately judge ALL types of barbeque, from St. Louis and Texas styles to Memphis and Carolina styles. Our contests are held in every region of the country, and as a result receive the same fair, unbiased, trained judging process.

How many members does KCBS have?
KCBS has more than 14,000 professional members throughout the world.

How does one become a KCBS member?
An individual membership to KCBS costs $35, and includes a subscription to The Bullsheet, the society’s monthly magazine, as well as inclusion in numerous discounts and special offers. A family membership costs $50.

How does one become a KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge?
By attending one of the numerous official judging classes conducted by KCBS each year throughout the country. Each class has an enrollment fee (which is discounted for members), and instructs students on how to judge world-class BBQ. An updated list of judging classes are listed on the KCBS official website.

What categories does KCBS judge at contests?
KCBS conducts official competitions at each event in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

What are the qualities that a KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge looks for as he or she judges?
A KCBS judge evaluates barbeque in three different criteria: taste, appearance and texture.

How long has KCBS been around?
KCBS was formed in 1986 by Gary and Carolyn Wells and Rick Welch.

How is KCBS operated?
As a non-profit corporation, KCBS is administered by a 12-seat board of directors.

Where is KCBS located?
The KCBS home office is located at 11514 Hickman Mills Drive, Kansas City, MO 64134.