For the first time ever, American Royal World Series of Barbecue competition kicks off at Kansas Speedway

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The smell of barbecue has taken over the metro as the American Royal World Series of Barbecue competition is underway Thursday at Kansas Speedway.

More than 600 teams are competing and more than 50,000 people are expected to attend this year's competition.

Many will be eating chicken, pork and brisket -- but a lucky few will be judging the meat.

The Kansas City Barbecue Society will host a certified judge training class Thursday afternoon for more than 100 barbecue enthusiasts from all over the world.  1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano will be among the group.  Once certified, judges can take part in any KCBS competition in the world.

The three main things the judges look for is taste, tenderness and appearance.

Watch the video above for more from the World Series of Barbecue.