Maybe you think you know what makes the best barbecue. Heck, maybe you think you cook the best barbecue. But what if you actually submitted your legendary ribs, chicken, pork, or brisket to a panel of discerning judges? Well, I followed a guy who does just that.

Click through for a behind-­the-­scenes look at what it takes to compete for $10,000 worth of prize money. (Plus loads of glorious meat photography!)

18 Hours In The Life Of A BBQ Champion