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Re: Injected Pork Butts


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Posted by Gremlin Grill Pat on March 22, 2011 at 13:40:52:

In Reply to: Re: Injected Pork Butts posted by Raine on March 22, 2011 at 13:12:52:

I conceded that we can tell judges to take a bite from the middle.

I haven't missed anything. I disagree - that doesn't mean I'm missing your point. I get your point. I think you're wrong. I don't think educating judges on the amount of fat in a brisket is going to do anything more than make them look for the fat. The ones who like fat will score down if it's not there; the ones who don't like fat will score down if it is there. Nothing is gained. Tell them to open the box and judge the entry.

I don't think "educating" judges on where baby backs, loin backs, spares, St. Louis cut and country style ribs will do anything to make their visual taste and their taste buds more accurate. I'm all for teaching people the differences if it helps them become better barbecuers, but I do not agree that it'll actually "improve" judging. If anything, it'll make some judges think garbage like, "I'd score these higher if they were baby backs, because I heard baby backs are more expensive."

So do you think there's an epidemic of judges dinging for stuff they don't understand? Because I think these are isolated incidents, and I think short of an intense training regimen, you'll never get rid of these isolated incidents. And the regimen would fail, as few people want to mess with that kind of thing for a simple and fun hobby, and ultimately, you can't teach someone what they like.

And yes - some judges are going to judge their way no matter what. So how would you change that?


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