Faq’s

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  1. Should BBQ Sheriff be used to score sanctioned contests?

  2. Why are Weighting Factors important?

  3. How large a contest can I score with BBQ Sheriff?

  4. How does BBQ Sheriff break ties?

  5. I want to use my own personal rules.

  6. Why is BBQ Sheriff so inexpensive?

  7. Can you customize a version of BBQ Sheriff for our organization?

  8. Printing: Use Apple AirPrint or Printer Manufactures App.

  9. How do we get our BBQ organization rules preloaded into BBQ Sheriff?

  10. How do I IMPORT a BBQ Contest from DropBox?

  11. How do I EXPORT a BBQ Contest from BBQ Sheriff to DropBox?

Why are Weighting Factors important?

Two reasons.

  1. To give the most important criteria such as Taste the most impact on scoring.
  2. To minimize ties.

Cleverly selected weighting factors give the correct statistical importance to each criteria. With no weighting factors or the wrong ones the contest will have a lot of ties. Would your rather have your entries judged on the merits of your entries or by the flip of a coin? Choosing the correct weighting factors helps insure that your hard fought meat entries will be scored by judges, not a coin toss.

We have done a lot of research on weighting factors. The wrong ones or NO weighting factors will cause havoc in a contest!

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How large a contest can I score with BBQ Sheriff?

Technically you can score an extremely large contest, one with say 999 contestants. Realistically it takes time to enter scores. BBQ Sheriff is not networked so you may use only one device for score entry.

We have calculated the maximum number of contestants that can be comfortably scored on one device in the commonly allotted judging time of 30 min per category: Conservatively 30 to 60 teams depending on operator speed. If you have an hour between turn-in’s you can double that number. You can score a larger number of teams if the contestants are willing to wait for the results. You will be ready to print the results just after the last entry has been judged! How many times have the contestants waited hours for results done by calculator or a hastily written Excel program? Not with the BBQ Sheriff! When the scoring is finished, so are you. All that’s left to do is print the winners reports!

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How does BBQ Sheriff break ties?

When you select a specific BBQ Society’s Scoring Rules such as KCBS, the tie break rules are automatically set by the selected Scoring Rules.

The default Scoring Rules are set to KCBS.
The default KCBS tie breaking order is:

  1. The highest cumulative score in TASTE (not including the low score thrown out)
  2. The highest cumulative score in TENDERNESS (not including the low score thrown out)
  3. The highest cumulative score in APPEARANCE (not including the low score thrown out)
  4. If all of above are still tied then BBQ Sheriff uses the highest score of the low scores thrown out
  5. If still tied the contest will be decided by a computer coin toss

Other BBQ Societies may use other tie breaking rules. If a pre-configured contest exists in BBQ Sheriff Scoring Rules, the rules will be set automatically. If scoring rules are not pre-configured you may change the tie breaking rules manually or turn them off completely. The method used to break a tie can be displayed on the Winners Reports (switch selectable).

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I want to use my own personal rules.

Ok. Select “Customization” from the Main Menu. Next choose “Change Rules”. Choose the rule(s) you want to change.

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Why is BBQ Sheriff so inexpensive?

We are gambling on volume business, that there are thousands of BBQ lovers who would be thrilled to own a truly professional BBQ contest scoring app (program, software) at a very low price. If you have fewer than 6 contestants you can even use it for free!

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Can you customize a version of BBQ Sheriff for our BBQ organization?

Sure. You can always manually change the BBQ Sheriff rules to fit those of another BBQ organization. BBQ Sheriff was designed to be customized and is extremely flexible! Read our Rules page. Send us a detailed explanation of your BBQ Society rules. Include SPECIFIC details about how to break tied scores, score weighting factors, meats judged, judging criteria (Appearance, Taste Tenderness and/or??), scoring range (2 to 9 or 1 to 10 step 0.5 or whatever.) Include any other info you think we may need. Send you inquiry to Support@bbqsheriff.com. Include your name and phone number. If your’s is a popular organization we may add it to our pre-configured “Scoring Rules”.

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Printing: Use Apple AirPrint or Printer Manufactures App

We recommend you install the printer manufacturers printing App and print from it. Manufactures Apps are generally more reliable. They also may have more printing features.

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Should BBQ Sheriff be used to score sanctioned contests?

Not unless the sanctioning body approves. Sanctioning organizations such as KCBS and others provide much more than just scoring a contest as BBQ Sheriff does. Services such as processes, providing certified judges, contest oversight, contestant global ranking, printed materials and so forth are provided by sanctioning organizations. If in your budget, we recommend that your contest use a sanctioning organization due to their many benefits. Some of the members of the BBQ Sheriff development team are certified judges and we support sanctioning organizations. For smaller non-sanctioned events you may use BBQ Sheriff to score your private event. Although capable of managing a large number of Teams, BBQ Sheriff is designed to fill an empty void for those smaller contests that do not use or need a sanctioning organization; contests that previously used a pencil & calculator or a hastily written spreadsheet program.

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How do we get our BBQ organization rules preloaded into BBQ Sheriff?

At this time we have preloaded KCBS and Pacific North West style rules. We would like to add more preloaded rules. Read our Rules page. Send us a detail explanation of your BBQ Society rules. Include SPECIFIC details about how to break tied scores, score weighting factors, meats judged, judging criteria (Appearance, Taste Tenderness and/or??), scoring range (2 to 9 or 1 to 10 step 0.5 or whatever.) Include any other info you think we may need. Send you inquiry to Support@bbqsheriff.com. Include your name and phone number.

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How do I IMPORT a BBQ Contest from DropBox?

Importing from DropBox is handled by APPLE iOS outside of BBQ Sheriff. You must install DropBox on your Device.

  1. Leave BBQ Sheriff (Press the HOME button).
  2. Select DropBox.
  3. Navigate in DropBox to the directory where your BBQ Sheriff contest files are stored.
  4. Select the contest. The right window will fill with code.
  5. At the top right corner of DropBox select the three dots.
  6. Choose EXPORT from the Drop Down menu.
  7. Three small horizontal windows will appear. Scroll to the right in the bottom window until you get to “Open in”.
  8. Select “open in”.
  9. Three small horizontal windows will again appear. In the middle window scroll to the right until you see the BBQ Sheriff.
  10. Select BBQ Sheriff.
  11. Return to BBQ Sheriff.
  12. At the Main Menu choose “Select Contest”.
  13. Choose the contest you just imported.

You are done. You have finished importing a BBQ Sheriff contest from DropBox and loaded it.

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How do I EXPORT a BBQ Contest from BBQ Sheriff to DropBox?

To Export a BBQ contest from BBQ Sheriff to DropBox:

  1. Select “Import/Export Contest” from the “Main Menu”
  2. Select “Export to CVS” from the pop up window
  3. From the list of contests choose the contest you want to Export.
  4. Select the “Share Icon” from the top right of the screen.
  5. From the bottom row of the pop up menu scroll to “Save to DropBox”
  6. From the next pop up menu navigate to the DropBox folder you want to “save” in
  7. Press “Save” in the top right corner of the “Save to DropBox” pop up menu.

You are DONE.

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