Kid cooks heat up the competition at Smoke in the Spring Kids-Q

A young chef carefully turns in her entry for Kids-Q to KCBS reps, from left, Dave and Peg Rogers, Linda and Dennis Polson, Mark Collier, and not pictured, Kim Collier, as local judges wait in anticipation. Jan Williams photo.

It’s a part of Smoke in the Spring that most folks don’t know is going on Friday evening, but you can bet there are some young cooks that have a watchful eye on their smokers for about three hours while everyone else is out enjoying the community barbecue party.

In the annual Kids-Q Competition, kid chefs compete in two age divisions, 10 and younger, and 11 and older. The cooks must be sponsored by one of the competition teams and cook their entries on site. At the cook’s meeting, the cooks are each given one pound of ground beef, donated this year by Allen Meat Processing, Allen, Kan., to cook however they choose.

Others who make Kids-Q possible are 24 local celebrity judges, who are instructed on the Kansas City Barbeque Society judging process before the kids’ turn-in time of 8 p.m. The kids contest is not a KCBS sanctioned part of Smoke in the Spring, but it is conducted according to KCBS rules and scoring. Judges are sequestered in the community building during the judging process.

At turn-in, the chefs bring their samples to the turn-in window at the community building, where the judging is conducted. The samples go to one of four tables of six judges each, where they are scored according to appearance, taste, and texture or tenderness. The judging process is the same as the sanctioned contest the next day.

Here are placing and payout results for the Smoke in the Spring Kids-Q held April 12, 2019:

Age 6-10

  1. Cooper Stephens/Bo Scherman, $150
  2. Harmony Linton, $125
  3. Lawson Davis, $75
  4. Rylie Fischer, $50
  5. Emma Mehl, $25
  6. Rylee Williams
  7. Abigail Messinger
  8. Landon Elliott
  9. Tyler Hoisington
  10. Letecia Howard
  11. Luke Parra
  12. Sloan Bohannon
  13. Bentlie Masters
  14. Ayva Mondragon

Age 11-16

  1. Isaia Howard, $150
  2. Will Fischer, $125
  3. Tristen Hoisington, $75
  4. Malorie Stephens/Maci Scherman, $50
  5. Isabella Parra, $25
  6. Lexie Leisner
  7. Hunter Hoisington
  8. Brady Miller
  9. Dane Miller
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