There are many that look at judging a BBQ competition as an opportunity to show their expertise. Some view it as a donation of their time, whether to support a local charity, or even the sport of competitive BBQ. There ae competitive cooks that judge in order to see what judges are saying about entries, or to see what the competition is turning in. And I suppose that some simply do it as a chance to get some free BBQ.
Whatever your reason might be, please just remember that the primary reason you are there is because of the competitors. without the cooks there would be nothing to judge.
Please remember that the average team has a minimum of $600.00 invested just in being there, not to mention at least a day of time off work. He or she will lose several hours of sleep, function under extreme pressure and most of the time, in climate conditions that are a good deal less than favorable.
Please remember that when you judge there product. Remember that they are being benevolent in their presence, and be benevolent in your judging.
-- Tim "Smokey Okie" Dickey