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In Reply to: BBQ Judging Complaints posted by Herb on July 28, 2011 at 22:56:18:
Once a year in April or May, Big Island Barbeque in Albert Lea, Minnesota hosts a "class/contest/exercise" where the cooks cook the four meats for judges and the judges share their information with the cooks. They are completely accessible groups of people with dialog between them before,during and after the cooking is done. The judges score the cooks just like blind judging but they keep an extra copy of the scores for a "dialog" while the scores are being tabulated for "overall ranking in each category"
Each entry in each category is verbally communicated to all the cooks and judges and each judge states why they gave a particular entry that "number" or score. The cooks and judges learn from each other every step of the way. It has been a very benefical "exercise". We allow cooks to enter multiple entries in a category so they can try different rubs and sauces etc.
This is an invitational event, but we are open to more cooks/judges that might be interested next season. This has been a tremendous way for both cooks and judges to benefit from each other's expertise.
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