International BBQ Network (IBQN) PitMasters Rules and Regulations 2012
Team entry to International BBQ Network competitions will be closed 1 month prior to competition date, no late comers will be considered.
A team may be made up of an individual, group, restaurant or a team, collectively known as the “team”. Each team will consist of chief cook and upto 4 assistants. The chief cook will take complete responsibility for their actions, those of the group and anyone that they invite into their cook site. The chief cook is responsible for attending the cooks meeting. No alcoholic beverages will be distributed to the general public. Failure to abide by these rules of behaviour may result in expulsion from the contest and repeat offenders will be barred from competing in IBQN sanctioned contests. Underhand behaviour such as supplying excessive alcohol to opposition teams will not be tolerated.
Each team will supply all of the equipment necessary for the preparation and cooking of their entry including a cooker, wood, charcoal, or wood pellets. A fire extinguisher and first aid kit must be near all cooking devices. Gas and electric heat sources shall not be permitted for cooking or holding (ie Bradley cookers or domestic ovens). The International BBQ Network may be able to hire certain item with prior notice. We are not completely “caveman” so please no open fire pits or anything that can damage the ground. Auger driven pellet burners are allowed, absolutely no gas or electric! If you want a grilling competition see Ready Steady Q or Kids Q. Please note, power will not be available at all venues, if you require power please consult the event organiser.
Competition meat is limited to a total of 2 x Brisket, 2 x Pork Shoulder / Neck end, 4 x racks of ribs, 3 chickens or 20 thighs, pre-trimming is acceptable but meat MUST be inspected by an IBQN representative prior seasoning, injecting, marinating or cooking . Meat inspection begins at noon on the day prior to the contest. All meat must be maintained at a maximum temperature of 5 degrees C prior to inspection in a suitable vessel.
All contest meat, once inspected, may not leave the cook team’s site until turn in. All seasoning and cooking of product shall be done within the assigned cooking space. Teams shall not share an assigned cooking space or cooking device. Boiling or deep-frying competition meat is not allowed.
Each team will be assigned a site. All equipment including cooker, marquee, tent etc. must be contained within this space. If additional space is required the team should contact the contest organizer and make satisfactory arrangements.
A quiet time will be in effect from 11:00 PM on the night prior to the contest judging, remaining in effect until sunrise on the following day.
Cleanliness and Sanitation
All teams are expected to maintain their cook sites in an orderly and clean manner and to use good sanitary practices during the preparation, cooking, and judging process. The use of sanitary gloves is required at all times while handling food. Failure to use sanitary gloves may result in disqualification. Teams are responsible for clean-up of their site once the competition has ended, including the REMOVAL of all Rubbish from site. All health & Safety and Food Hygiene must be adhered to at all times, a copy will be posted outside the Judges tent during the competition.
The following categories are sanctioned by the IBQN
Chicken Sliced, diced, you decide
Pork Ribs Babyback and Spares Only
Pork Whole shoulder, Boston butt, Picnic, neck end, collar.
Beef Brisket: Flats or Points.
Entries will be submitted in the IBQN container provided by the contest organiser. Teams must state their name upon turn in when a number will be assigned to each box. The box shall not be marked in anyway so as to make the container unique or identifiable. Foreign materials are prohibited in the container.
The scoring system is from 10 to 1, all whole numbers between ten and one may be used to score an entry. 10 out of this world, 1 inedible.
Each contestant must submit at least six separated and identifiable portions of meat in the provided box. Chicken, pork and brisket may be submitted chopped, pulled, sliced, or diced as the cook sees fit, as long as there is enough for six judges. Ribs shall be turned in bone-in. Meat shall not be sculptured, branded or presented in a way to make it identifiable.
Only green varieties of:- Parsley, Lettuce are allowed. You are allowed to turn in boxes without garnish.
Turn in Times
Each meat category turn in time will allow for a 12 minute window, that is 6 minutes before and 6 minutes after the time as suggested below:
Pork Ribs: 12:30PM
Competitions may have different turn in times which will be published on their web site.
a) BBQ Sauce 2:00pm
b) BBQ Desert (enough for 6 judges) 2.30pm
All optional categories must be prepared and cooked within their cook area.
The winners in each meat category will be determined by adding all the scores together and the team with the most points will be 1st. place, the team with the next highest total will be 2nd. place, etc.
The GRAND CHAMPION will be the team with the most total points, and the RESERVE CHAMPION will be the team with the second highest total points. You must submit all 4 categories to be eligible.
We do not separate ties; both parties will receive the highest placing. For example in any category we have a winner and joint 2nd place we still award 3rd place.
Prizes will very upon competition and will be issued a minimum of two months prior to a competition taking place.
IBQN British Jack Daniels Placement.
The British BBQ Society was granted the honour in 2009, 2010 and 2011 of providing our grand champion with a place at the prestigious Jack Daniels Invitational in Lynchburg Tennessee, now under IBQN this offer has been extended to 2012. The IBQN British series Grand Champion will be the team that accumulates the most points over the 2012 season. If the Grand Champion cannot attend the honour will go to IBQN Reserve Grand Champion. It should be noted that while a guaranteed place will be provided by IBQN, costs involved such as flights, accommodation, equipment etc remain the responsibility of the team awarded the prize.
Due to the competitive nature of the BBQ circuit in America, the team representing the British BBQ Society at the Jack Daniel’s Invitational must comprise of original members who competed in the UK competitions; additions will be permitted but in consideration of Jack Daniels team entry requirements, all members of the winning team representing the British BBQ Society must hold a valid UK passport.
IBQN European Jack Daniels Placement.
The International BBQ Network (IBQN) has been granted an additional place for the Jack Daniels Invitational, Lynchburg, Tennessee.
This is a truly unique opportunity as it is not restricted to British teams. The IBQN European BBQ Championships will be taking place during 2012 to crown the European BBQ Champion.
This competition is open to all European nationalities and the overall winner will win the prestigious place at the Jack.
If the Grand Champion cannot attend the honour will go to IBQN European BBQ Reserve Grand Champion. It should be noted that while a guaranteed place will be provided by IBQN, costs involved such as flights, accommodation, equipment etc remain the responsibility of the team awarded the prize (although we are working on this).
Due to the competitive nature of the BBQ circuit in America, the European team representing IBQN at the Jack Daniel’s Invitational must comprise of original members who competed in the European BBQ Championships and must hold valid EU passports.
Now for some common sense.
You are preparing and cooking food people!
Do not smoke within your cooking area.
No pets within your cooking area.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher.
Have a first aid kit to hand.
Make sure you are dressed; we don’t expect hair nets, but shirts on please.
Make sure your meat is chilled to 5C or below prior to cooking
Keep your area clean, basic food hygiene is a must.
Make sure your food is cooked, judges are not partial to raw meat!
After cooking make sure food is held at 63C plus
No marking of your box or sculpting the contents.
Non permitted box contents will be disqualified
Make sure you have enough separate pieces for the judges.
MAKE SURE YOU SLICE YOUR RIBS PROPERLY!!
Manage your time keeping, watch the official clock
Don’t burn the ground, we want to be invited back!
Failure to adhere to these rules will lead to disqualification