IRONMAN JUDGE INFO

If you have any questions let us know, but this should cover most of it.

Here Comes The Judge!

Hey there Certified BBQ Judges! Is that cool or what? Think about it…Certifiable BBQ Judge….whoops, meant “Certified”! Ha.

This is our 8th YEAR hosting a BBQ Competition and the 4th YEAR that we are KCBS sanctioned! So with our PA Governor’s Proclamation we are a Qualifier for The Jack, The Royal, and Memphis in May! For those of you who have judged for me in the past, our contests are fairly well organized and tend to be pretty fun!

This is our 5th YEAR for THE IRONMAN format. THE IRONMAN is a more challenging format than your normal BBQ Competition. Each team participating in our event has voluntarily agreed to cook without the benefit of electricity! That’s right, NO GURUS, NO PELLET COOKERS, NO ROTISSERIES, NO REMOTE THERMOMETERS…just the Pitmaster and the Pit! A true test of skill! On top of that, all of our teams have voluntarily agreed to participate in THE IRONMAN! They can only cook (1) Brisket, (1) Pork Butt, (1) Rack of Ribs, and (7) pieces of chicken…one to taste! So no mistakes can be made! No extra food to fall back on!

Also, because of the reduced cost of this competition, we get a fair number of new teams to the sport of Competitive BBQ! For me, that’s one of the best reasons to organize this comp! I love getting new teams into the BBQ world!

If you have judged for me at past events – Smoketoberfest, The Pignic, and Go Naked BBQ Show – you know that I require three things from my Judges…

  • Show up….no shows are not acceptable, if you are slated to Judge, then be here!
  • Be prompt….don’t be late and then be surprised when your slot is taken!
  • BE HAPPY! You are eating BBQ…not crap BBQ, but good BBQ…maybe not Great BBQ, but better than most! So Be Happy!

That’s it! If you think you can do that, then fill out the Judges App found here.

We’ll let you know by March 14th or sooner if we have accepted you as a Judge. See you soon!

Accommodations & Lodging

PER THE REQUEST OF MANY, THIS IS THE ACCOMMODATION SITUATION

Click Here to Download the PDF Guide

CAMPING…we have plenty of room for campers, but NO ON-SITE WATER OR POWER AVAILABLE. Feel free to bring your own. If you are bringing a large motor home/huge 5th wheel camper, please let us know so we can make proper parking arrangements for you.

If you are staying at a local hotel, you are welcome to drop your BBQ stuff off at Mason-Dixon before going to the hotel. Security will be on-site at Mason-Dixon all night.

OFFSITE ACCOMMODATIONS…

Recommended:

COMFORT INN/GREENCASTLE

717-597-8164

5 min drive  

$84.00/night

Ask for Mason-Dixon BBQ rate…make sure you say BBQ!

INCLUDES HOT BREAKFAST, WI-FI, FRIDGE, ETC.

NICE STAFF – ITALIAN RESTAURANT ATTACHED TO HOTEL

 

Less Recommended:

SUPER 8 GREENCASTLE

717-597-5255

2 min drive

$59.95/night

If you do on-line, can get rate of $56.00/night

Have not stayed here…have looked, rooms are clean…no amenities…it’s a Super 8….

 

DAYS INN WAYNESBORO

717-762-9113

5 min drive

$59.99/night/Queen

$69.99/night/ 2 Double

If you do on-line, can get rate of $51.00/night

Have had folks stay here….rooms are clean…includes breakfast/Wi-Fi

 

LOCAL B&B’s

WHITE HALL MANOR                                    BURGUNDY LANE B&B

501 E Baltimore St                                          128 West Main Street
Greencastle, PA 17225                                   Waynesboro, PA 17268
(717) 643-0673                                               (717) 762-8112

How to Apply to Judge

Click here to access the application form.  Please make sure all items are filled in or circled, as we are unable to process an incomplete application.

When you are done, return this completed application to:
IRONMAN BBQ/Mason Dixon, P.O. Box 153, Shady Grove, PA 17256;
or fax it to 866-314-9123 or email to judges@ironmanbbq.com.

You will be notified of your acceptance no later than March 1st, and a complete judge’s kit will be provided to you. If your schedule changes and you will be unable to judge, please notify us immediately. If you have any judging questions, please contact us at judges@ironmanbbq.com.

Judge Schedule Information

Being on Schedule is Crucial.

Here is the Schedule, but if you are gonna forget, print the PDF Below.

Click here to download a printable schedule.

 

Friday, April 6th 2018

5:00pm – 8:00pm Optional Judge Check-in

Arrangements have been made for rooms at Comfort Inn Greencastle, 50 Pine Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225, 717-597-8164. Ask for the Mason-Dixon rate at $84.00/night.

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

9:00AM – 11:00AM – GOOD LOOKIN’, PROMPT, READY TO TASTE JUDGES ARRIVE

9:00AM – OPEN HOUSE/IRONMAN BBQ OFFICIALLY OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

 

10:00 – 11:00 AM – GOOD LOOKING, PROMPT, PLEASANT, HAPPY JUDGE CHECK IN

  • Judges Check-in/Present Badge at Judging Tent
  • Judges free to walk around and have fun
  • See LIST OF EVENTS FOR EVERYTHING GOING ON!11:00 AM – FUN, HAPPY JUDGES MEETING IN JUDGES HOUSE – MANDATORY
  • Review KCBS Rules and Regs
  • Answer any Questions or Concerns
  • Confirm Seating Locations, Etc.
  • Anyone not at the Judges meeting will be replaced with Judge Alternates
    11:45 PM – GET IN ASSIGNED SEATS, ADJUST KARMA, AND PREPARE TASTE BUDS

Anyone not in seat by 11:45 AM will be replaced by Judge Alternate 11:55 AM – JUDGING BEGINS

 

2:00 PM – CLEAN UP

4:30 PM – BBQ AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE PATIO

Mason Dixon, P.O. Box 153, Shady Grove, PA 17256