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Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 22nd Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 22nd Most Influential Person in BBQ is the Competition BBQ Judge.


Like it or not, an army of barbecue judges stretching from coast to coast, virtually every weekend throughout the year, wield more influence over the world of competition barbecue and impact thousands of pitmasters more than anyone else. If it weren’t for the dedicated volunteers who call themselves Certified BBQ Judges that give their time each weekend for their love of barbecue and a cooler full of leftovers there couldn’t be the sport we love. 

Their influence doesn’t equate to that of a celebrity or product inventor, but for two hours on any given Saturday or Sunday their influence is all that matters as pitmasters put their efforts of the past 24 hours in the hands of 6 individuals – the BBQ Judges. Their influence, also unlike that of a celebrity or product inventor, has the unique quality of being everlasting. As the influence of yesterday’s celebrity or new product inventor wanes their influence of contests past remains on the trophy shelves of the few lucky enough to impress them at a given contest and lingers like an early morning fog at the contests yet to come.

The BBQ Judge, as long as there are BBQ competitions, will wield the most influence in BBQ on Saturday’s and Sunday’s at venues across America. The scores they hand out will influence the cooking styles, cooking gear and flavor profiles of countless pitmasters looking to thrill their tastebuds.

On December 11th we’ll unveil the 21st Most Influential Person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve announced the 23rd through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.