The Georgia Barbecue Association Competition Committee met following the contest in Jackson this past weekend. The Committee issued this clarification regarding qualifying for the Grand Championship in a contest. A cook team does NOT have to enter all three categories to qualify for the Grand Championship. The highest scoring entry among the three first place finalists will be declared Grand Champion regardless of how many categories that team entered.
This rule is NOT in effect for the Hazlehurst and Fernandina contests. Contest applications were applications were approved and published stating that a team must enter all three categories to qualify for Grand Champion before the Competition Committee issued the clarification of this rule.