Turn In Box

This is a competition BBQ term.

A turn in box is the box with the meat turned in (hence the name) for judging.

The boxes are typically 9×9 white Styrofoam containers like the ones for your leftovers to take home from a restaurant.  Each box has a number on top representing the BBQ team.

For a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition there are a minimum of four meats turned in: chicken, pork ribs, pork butt/shoulder, and brisket.  Garnish (typically lettuce and parsley) may be used to improve the appearance of the turn in box.

Here are examples of turn in boxes…

BBQ Chicken   Competition Ribs Box

Competition BBQ Pork   BBQ Brisket Box