BACKYARD TEAM OF THE YEAR

OKBS is excited to announce the Backyard Cleaver Team of the Year points chase in 2020.  OKBS will begin tracking Team of the year points for qualifying backyard events. You will now be able to see how you stack up against other teams across the state just like the pro’s. To qualify the head cook must be a member of OKBS and abide by the following rules.

Definition for Backyard Cook Team

A. Any member of the team who has not entered in and competed in more than twelve (12) sanctioned “Master Series” BBQ competitions in the past and;

B. Any person who has been a member of a team who has not been awarded a Grand Champion or Reserve Champion status in any KCBS Sanctioned “Master Series” competition and;

C. Any member of the team who has competed in three (3) or less “Master Series BBQ competitions within the current competition year.

     If any member of the team has entered in and competed in more than twelve (12) sanctioned “Master Series” BBQ competitions in the past, they are ineligible to participate in the Backyard competition.  Any person who was a member of a team who has competed in three (3) or less “Master Series” BBQ competitions within one (1) competition year may be considered a backyard cook and may declare or revert to such status. This includes the Chief Cook and/or Assistant Cooks.  The only exclusion to this rule would be those judges cooking with a team to qualify for master judge status.

     All backyard teams will receive the perks other members get, and at the end of the year at the OKBS banquet, we will award first and second place OKBS Backyard Team of the Year with a trophy and one free entry (4 main types of meat categories only) to a KCBS “Master Series” BBQ competition in Oklahoma. For a backyard competition to be eligible for OKBS Backyard Cleaver Team of the Year, the contest organizer must pay a $50.00 fee to OKBS. In return, we will post your event on the OKBS web site as well as social media.

For a contest to be recognized, it must be sanctioned and follow the rules of that sanctioning body. The sanctioning body must sanction more than 5 contests and publish the top 10 results for the overall and categories of the contests.

  1. For the overall category, the teams' 4 highest-ranking contests will be counted. We will only be tracking the overall score due to the fact that not all backyard competitions have the same categories.

  2. The scoring system to be used in accordance with your placement in the OKBS. View cleaver cookoff placement/points at the bottom.

  3. In the case of a tie, the teamʼs 5th best contest will be counted. If only 4 contests were cooked, then a score of zero will be used for the 5th contest.

  4. The teams' head cook must be a member of OKBS prior to the awards of a contest being announced, or those results will not be counted.

  5. The head cook must be present for the cookoff.

  6. Contests in the State of Oklahoma that agree and have met all criteria will count for OKBS Backyard Team of the Year. Contests in States that border Oklahoma may apply to become a Backyard Cleaver Team of the Year contest by submitting their contest application for approval from the OKBS Board of Directors. Applications received before the second Tuesday of each month will be reviewed at that month’s board meeting.

Points awarded

1st / 100

2nd / 90

3rd / 80

4th / 70

5th / 60

6th / 50

7th / 40

8th / 30

9th / 20

10th / 10