NEBS Sanctioned Contests
NEBS sanctions three different kinds of contests. Competitors in most sanctioned NEBS contests accumulate points for the NEBS Team of the Year
programs. Please see the TOY page for details on eligibility.
contest is a two category contest, often chicken and ribs. It's designed to be a low cost contest for competitors that can be completed in a half day. 20' x 20' spaces are common for competitors. Small tents are common for this type of event, RVs and BBQ trailers are not.
The NEBS Classic
contest is a four category contest. The four categories can vary widely in terms of what they cover. The format allows for a lot of creative entries. Generally this contests costs more for competitors to enter, due to the higher cost of the foods used. A NEBS Classic contest may cover a full day, and many organizers offer an overnight stay option to the teams. 20'x20' spaces are often adequate, but larger sites are common. This is especially true when NEBS Classic and KCBS Master Series contests are combined in the same event, a fairly common combination in the region.
Some people refer to this as a "grilling" contest, although the format is not restricted strictly to grilling. Since the categories can be very broad, accurate descriptions are important. This is a big portion of the cook's packet review process for this type of event. NEBS provides some sample category descriptions on this website to assist organizers in putting together events of this type.
The Kid's Q
contests are designed as simplified contest to allow children to compete. The complexity of the entries allowed may vary based on the age ranges allowed in the contest. It's not uncommon for organizers to offer more than one Kid's Q contest at a single event to cover different age ranges. These contests are typically brief, running no more than half a day.
NEBS Contest Rules
apply to all NEBS contests.