Pitmasters get more pork opportunities


By Joel Crews, Meat+Poultry



KANSAS CITY, MO. – To promote the versatility of pork, the National Pork Board (NPB) and the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) announced the inclusion of two new categories that will be a part of a limited number of sanctioned barbecue cooking competition events in 2021. The Celebrate Real Pork Series will be a part of 14 KCBS competitions during its inaugural year, adding a pork chop contest to the standard categories of pork butt, pork ribs, beef brisket and chicken that are judged at all KCBS events. Additionally, for the Kid’s ‘Que competitions held at KCBS events throughout the year, a boneless pork chop category will be added for competitors in the 11 to 15 age range and ground pork will be offered as a new category for kids in the 10 and under competitions.


The new pork categories will add thousands of dollars in prize money to the designated events while promoting the winners and their recipes on the digital platforms of the NPB and the KCBS. The first Celebrate Real Pork Series event will be held May 2 during a competition event in Liberty, Ind. 


“We are proud to partner with the National Pork Board to add incremental opportunities to feature fresh pork at our sanctioned barbeque competitions,” said Emily Detwiler, chief executive officer of the KCBS...


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