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Contest Rules 

Click on the links below to download the complete list of rules for each category. The check-in times are listed on the rules sheets along with other category-specific rules.


Rules and Regulations

Please take the time to review the rules for each category with your team prior to the competition. Rules are subject to change and will be emailed to teams after registration. Public entries are expected to review all rules prior to competing. Failure to comply with Smokin' on the Beaver rules and regulations can result in disqualification from the event. 

Public entries are accepted for the following categories:

  • BBQ Sauce

  • Fresh Salsa

  • Cooked Salsa

  • Homebrew

  • Homemade Wine

  • Homemade Spirits

Who provides the Meat?

At Smokin' on the Beaver, we believe all contestants should start with the same great quality meat - that's why the meat for our contest is provided by us. This includes pork butt, brisket, and ribs. Meat pick-up will begin Friday at noon. All meat is required to be prepared and cooked on-site. All meat provided to teams is required to be served at the evening BBQ Feast.

The exception to the rule? Open Meat Class.

Each team is required to provide their own meat for the Open Meat Class and the majority of their dish must be meat. From beef to bear, we enjoy it all!

What is included in Overall Score?

The Overall Grand Champion, Wood Fired Champion, and Reserve Grand Champion are determined by the highest total accumulated placements from the following categories: Brisket, Pork Butt, Ribs, and Open Meat.

Fresh Salsa, Cooked Salsa, BBQ Sauce, BBQ Side Dish, Homebrew, Wine & Spirits are awarded, but are not included in the Overall Winner award.

How do they Judge?

Judging at Smokin' on the Beaver is done by ranking entries on a scale from 2 to 9, 2 being among the worst and 9 being outstanding/among the best. For more comprehensive judging information, download the General Competition Rules on this page.

Meat Criteria:

  • Aroma

  • Appearance/Color

  • Texture

  • Taste

  • Overall Appeal

BBQ Side Dish, Sauce, and Salsa Criteria:

  • Appearance

  • Texture

  • Taste

  • Overall Appeal

Homebrew, Homemade Wine & Homemade Spirits Criteria:

  • Aroma

  • Appearance

  • Flavor

  • Body

  • Drink-ability

  • Overall Appeal

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