The Clayton BBQ Cook-off is a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned barbecue contest that takes place in the small town of Clayton, CA (population 11,000) where I live. Shortly after I became seriously interested in BBQ, I discovered that KCBS held barbecue judging classes here so I signed up and became a certified judge. Through the judging class, I met and became friends with Rory Richmond who was the man responsible for starting what was then known as the annual Clayton Rib Cook-off in 2010. 

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