Richard (Dick) Dahlen

Back about 9 years ago while I was doing meat inspection / site placement for BIB (Big Island Bar-B-Que) Dennis Polson talked me into becoming a judge for KCBS so the next year I took the class. Since then I have cooked on 3 Thirds BBQ team for a year, became a master judge, a certified table captain and judged at more than 80 KCBS events thru out the Midwest.

I’m a board member for Big Island Festival and BBQ so I help setup sites, traffic control for the festival held first of October in Albert Lea.MN. Set up cook sites, traffic control and I’m the judge coordinator for BIB (August) and Treasure Island (June) events. Visited with almost all the cook teams in the area – tried to talk them into coming to BIB or TI of course.

Three years ago I traveled to Pleasant Hill, MO and took a class on SCA (Steak Cookoff Association) judging, since then I have planned and assist in running some events in Minnesota. This is a growing group with many contests in TX, LA MO, KS, MN, AK, WS, overseas and coming to IA, WI, NE, and IL this year.

I’m a supporter for Operation BBQ Relief and went on two events this past year. Was deployed to Fayetteville, NC for the flood, prep hot meat for four days. This group serviced over 116,000 hot meals during this event. Helped out at the “Low Country Boil” in Orange Beach, AL serviced 2000 plus meals. Almost went to TN for the fires.

Just to keep busy I took the World Food Championship judging class and have judged at River Falls Bacon Bash, Kissimmee, FL and Orange Beach, AL.

In order to have time to run around I’m a retired tool engineer.