Participant Rules – 2017 BBQ Rib Cook-Off

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

You’re Invited to
Congressman Jerry McNerney’s

4th Annual
BBQ Rib Cook-off

University Park
Crossing of American and East Magnolia St.
Stockton, CA 95202 (map)

To participate in the rib cook-off contest, click the button below or contact Balerio Reyes at or by phone at (209) 956-2872.



  • What: Congressman Jerry McNerney’s 4th Annual BBQ Rib Cook-Off
  • Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2017
  • Event Time: 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM
  • Participant Set-up Time: Doors Open at 9:00 AM
  • Judging: 1:00PM – 1:30PM
  • Awards Presentation: 2:30PM
  • Location: University Park, Corner of American and East Magnolia St., Stockton, CA. 95205
  • Grill & Utensils: You are responsible for bringing your own equipment
  • Serving Sizes: Minimum of 3 baby backs
  • Team Size: Chief Cook and up to 3 assistants.
  • Ribs: Baby backs


All teams in the BBQ Rib Contest must have pre-registered by filling out the registration form by Monday, September 25th. All entries must be cooked on the venue in the designated cooking area. You may season or prepare the meat as you see fit. Cooking can be done on a charcoal, wood fired, wood pellet, or propane cooker of any design. Participants will be given customized aprons.

Note: You are responsible for observing prudent temperature and sanitary requirements.

  1. Each team will consist of a Chief Cook and up to three assistants.
  2. Each team will bring their own products, including meat, seasonings, and cooking equipment.
  3. All cooking and on-site seasoning of the product shall be done within the confines of the team’s assigned cooking space.
  4. Each team will receive a 10×10 space to cook in and room for one BBQ pit. Small “easy up” style tents (canopy) or umbrellas are highly recommended for shade.
  5. Contestants must adhere to all electrical, fire, health and other codes whether local, county, state or federal.
  6. No cooking before 9:30 AM

Time Line

  • 9:00 AM – Team Check In (open window from 9:00am – 10:30am)
  • 9:30 AM – Cooking Begins
  • 12:00 PM – Taco Truck arrives
  • 12:45 PM – Cooking Ends Officially – Ribs will be picked up for judging. No exceptions.
  • 1:00 PM – Judging – Ribs (Baby Backs)
  • 1:30 PM – Ribs for Public Sampling – (People’s Choice Award)
  • 2:30 – Awards Presentation

Set Up

  • Each team will be assigned a 10×10 space. 1 BBQ pit allowed.
  • The main gate will be used to drop off any equipment(s). Any vehicles must be at least 10’ behind the cooking area, except for loading/unloading.
  • Generators are not allowed.
  • Participants are to bring a serving table (folding table is fine).

Judging Overview

  • Blind judging containers will be handed out at registration.
  • Teams must cook a minimum 4 racks of ribs (baby backs). Ribs remaining after the turn in are to be handed out as free samplers for the general public. We recommend that more than 3 baby backs may be cooked if desired.
  • A designated official will collect rib samples at 12:45pm – 1:00pm

Judging Criteria

  • Entries will be judged by a judging team of 3 judges. They will be scored in the areas of Appearance, Tenderness/Texture and Taste. The scoring system is 10 (Excellent) to 1 (bad). All whole numbers between 1 and 10 may be used to score an entry.
  • Marking or sculpting of any kind, of the meat or of the container, will not be allowed.
  • No toothpicks, skewers, foreign material or stuffing is permitted.

Rib Contest Prizes

  • 1st Place – Dinner for 4 with Congressman McNerney
  • 2nd Place – 4 seats to a Stockton Heat game on Opening Day
  • 3rd Place – BBQ Set

If you are having trouble contributing.

Please call us at (209) 910-5721 or send an e-mail to

If you prefer to send a check,
then please make the check out to "McNerney for Congress" and mail it to:

McNerney for Congress Committee P.O. Box 690371 Stockton, CA 95269