Updated 2018 ABA Judges Course

Updated Judges Course for 2018!

judges2017Over the last three years, the ABA has developed and refined a world-class barbecue competition process including judge training, judging and scoring systems.

The ABA pro-actively and regularly seeks feedback from its supporters including competition team members, event promoters, experienced judges, industry partners and social members through surveys, polls and face to face interactions and has continuously improved its processes and competition rules in many areas.

After collating data, feedback and new ideas relevant to the Australian barbecue scene, the ABA has refined its Judges Course and hand-in Categories for the 2018 Competition Season.

The ABA has trained more than 1200 Judges across Australia since 2014. With the 2018 season fast approaching the ABA is proud to announce an updated judges course which is fine-tuned.

All past and future judges will be required to undertake this new course outline which will be presented by an ABA Crew Member on site at every ABA Sanctioned event.

Judges will be required to undertake the course as a refresher at every ABA or NZBA competition in 2018.

The ABA is committed to growing competition barbecue in Australia, New Zealand and beyond by making it accessible to new and existing teams and judges from all backgrounds.

ABA Sanctioned Barbecue Competitions are deliberately varied from competition to competition to keep them fresh, exciting and challenging. The Event Promoter has the call on which categories they will offer at their competition which are selected from a list of pre-determined categories found in the ABA Rules.

In an unprecedented move for a barbecue sanctioning body, the ABA has opted for full transparency and accountability by publishing its Judges Course online for all to see.

Download the 2018 ABA Judges Course here.

View the 2018 ABA Barbecue Competition Rules here.




08mar(mar 8)4:00 am10(mar 10)4:00 amMeatstock Toowoomba

09marAll Day10Southern Steak Showdown & Backyard BBQ Champions

16mar(mar 16)4:00 am17(mar 17)4:00 amMeatstock Bendigo


19apr(apr 19)4:00 am21(apr 21)4:00 amMeatstock Sydney

26apr(apr 26)4:00 am27(apr 27)4:00 amBundaberg BBQ Battle

27aprAll Day28Maffco Australian BBQ Competition and FestivalMaffco Australian BBQ Competition and Festival


18may(may 18)12:00 am19(may 19)12:00 amThe Big Chill – Armidale

31may01junTownsville BBQ Battle


31may01junTownsville BBQ Battle

08jun(jun 8)8:00 am09(jun 9)8:00 amSmoke in Broke

09junAll Day10Meat Meet


12julAll Day14TBC NSW Event

12julAll Day14Up In Smoke

26jul(jul 26)5:00 am28(jul 28)5:00 amInvitational


17aug(aug 17)12:00 am18(aug 18)12:00 amKingaroy BaconFest