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CBBQA Advanced BBQ Judging Class


January 10th 2015 CBBQA Advanced BBQ Judging Class. Alameda, CA

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CBBQA Advanced BBQ Judging Class

January 10, 2015

By Donna Fong

Eleven months ago, the CBBQA Judging committee members met and our 2007 President, Thom Emery shared with us one of his longtime goals: a continuing education program for judges. It sounded like a great idea but hardly any classes existed. Someone in the group had enough chutzpah to suggest that we create one. The committee is full of brave souls because we all agreed to develop a curriculum and teach an advanced judges class in a way that no one else had done before.

On a gorgeous Saturday morning inside the historic Alameda Elks Club, eight BBQ instructors with backgrounds as judges taught the following modules: Roles and Responsibilities, History of BBQ, Advancements & Future of Judging, Promoter Perspectives, BBQ Anatomy, Ranch to Table, Regional Flavor Profiles, Appearance, Taste, Texture and Judging Myths. It was hard to fit that much material into a one day class, but it made more logistical sense since had to teach the same course in two locations 420 miles apart. With half of the instructors split between San Francisco and Los Angeles, we had to do this in one class.

Thanks to the combined efforts of instructors, volunteers and the support of the CBBQA board members, we had an amazing inaugural class. High enrollment proved to me that there is an audience for advanced education. It was more work than I had imagined but we were thanked repeatedly throughout the day by our students. Thank you to our instructors: Kelly McIntosh, Aaron Staines, Scott Simpson, Ben Lobenstein, Donna Fong, Abel Tirre, Amber Stipicevich, Harry Soo and Robert Bass were outstanding. Special shout-out to Kathleen McIntosh, our emcee and to Thom Emery for inspiring us to teach something collectively that we would not have been able to do otherwise. With 72 students enrolled in Southern California and a growing waitlist, we look forward to teaching it all again in two weeks.

Information on next class date:

January 24, 2015 , 9-5pm at UC Riverside, 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521

More information available at below link. Class is limited to 72 students.

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Upcoming Events


January 2015

February 2015

  • 21 - Guinea Pig II, Rancho Mirage, KCBS Competitor's Series & ToY

March 2015

April 2015

May 2015

  • 2 - 2nd Annual Elk Grove Western Festival, KCBS

June 2015

  • 27 - Newport Beach BBQ Contest, KCBS

July 2015

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September 2015

October 2015

The California BBQ Association would also like to help promote your BBQ event. We work hand in hand with all the national sanctioning bodies for BBQ events each year here in California. Information on what options we offer the event promoters of California can be obtained by contacting us. If you have a charity that is interested in putting together a BBQ fundraiser, we would also like to hear from you.

CBBQA Directors / Officers

Board of Directors:
Andrew Soto
Bryan Rice
Bryan Wood
Ed Williams
Jerry Aguilar
Kimberly Moore
Tim Wong


President: Kimberly Moore
VP: Tim Wong Tim Wong
Treasurer: Robert Bass
Secretary: Jerry Aguilar

ToY Comissioner: Steve Wilson

Business Membership: Tracy Allen - PM

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updated 10-21-14

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Stephan Franklin ~ Ventura, CA

2- Burnin and Lootin 431

Jerry Aguilar ~ Corona, CA

3- All Hogs Sauced Up 426

Steve Madaule ~ Lancaster, CA

4- ZZYZX BBQ 403

Jason Miranda ~ Rancho Cucamonga, CA

5- Porterhouse BBQ 388

Raymond Porter ~ Banning, CA

6- Woodhouse BBQ 384

John Anderson ~ St. Helena, CA

7- Big B's Down & Dirty BBQ 381

Bill Souza ~ Pacifica, CA

8- Big Poppa Smokers 378

Sterling Ball ~ Coachella, CA

9- Porketeers 375

Dennis McGrath ~ El Cajon, CA

10- Lady of Q 370

Sylvie Curry ~ Ramona, CA

11- Jet Coatings "Monkey Style" 367

Mike Wheeler ~ Huntington Beach, CA

12- Ridge Route Boys 358

Curtis Trigueiro ~ Bakersfield, CA

13- Son of Smoke 352

Zak Galiste ~ Central Valley, CA

14- Knock UR Sox Off BBQ 346

Ryan Moore ~ Fontana, CA

15- Vicious Smoke 345

Steve Aguilar ~ San Diego, CA

16- Left Coast Q 343

Matt Dalton ~ Banning, CA

17- Wild Willys Smokin Hot BBQ 328

William Wilson ~ Riverside, CA

18- Smoqued California BBQ ~ 320

Ryan Chester ~ Buena Park, CA

19 Rooftop BBQ 300

Andy Allen ~ Menifee, CA

20- Pork Daddy's BBQ ® 295

Allen Seamans ~ Sacramento, CA

21- The Pit Crew BBQ of SoCal ~ 292

Steve Wilson ~ Anaheim Hills, CA

22- Ric's Righteous Ribs 286

Ric Gilbert ~ San Jose, CA

23- Hog Heaven Sauces 285

Ira Pupko ~ Temecula, CA

24- My Smokin Grillfriend 279

Jeff Pollock ~ Bakersfield, CA

25 Slap Yo Daddy BBQ 275

Harry Soo ~ Diamond Bar, CA

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