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In Reply to: Re: To answer your question....... posted by grizmt on February 12, 2011 at 12:42:00:
The contests now are more about money than anything else. Good backyard BBQ rarely wins anything anymore, it is all about flavor profiles. It takes more spices and "chemicals" to achieve those flavor profiles for a contest than what you would use for cooking at home. For example, Johnny Trig has been quoted as saying the ribs he turns in at contests are not what he likes to eat or cook at home.
Like I said earlier, I mean you no disrespect when I say that if your wife has a food allergy that she should not judge. I cannot think of any other reply to give you. I know of no contest circuit that prohibits the use of any ingredient as a part of their recipe in the meat categories. I don't expect this to change either.
I do know the Laurie, MO contest does prohibit alcohol being an ingredient in their dessert category. The reason for this is at one of their contests, a judge had a violent reaction to one of the entries she judged and that entry had alcohol in it. I do not know if this was a food allergy or a reaction due to medication that reacted with the alcohol.
I wish I had better answers for you, but unless judges take more than one bite of a sample, the wow factor will always be the norm.
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