The process to become an Invitational Judge is as follows:
Invitational judges from the year prior (2019) are given first right of refusal to sign up to judge. If additional judging spaces become available, Open judges that have signed up will be selected at random* and asked to judge the Invitational. Invitational judges from 2019 will receive an email with an invitation to apply in May. If you believe you should be receiving an invite and have not received the email by the end of May, please contact [email protected] with your name and a copy of your signed KCBS invitational judging papers from 2019.
All Invitational judges must be a Certified Barbecue Judge in good standing at the time of the event. Each judge and table captain will be verified with KCBS to confirm good standing.
If you are not a current CBJ or not in good standing, please take the CBJ courses offered by the American Royal in May or in September at the event.
All barbecue judging is complementary, but a small donation of $20 is appreciated and goes back to support the American Royal mission.
*Random judges selected are only those who are current Certified Barbecue Judges in good standing.