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In Reply to: Re: BBQ Judging Complaints posted by grizmt on August 03, 2011 at 07:08:31:
I do my best.
I, and I hope most cooks understand, that cooking is closer to being a science than judging will ever be. when you cook you put in the same spices, marinate the same times cook the same times and to the same temps or close to it. you may tweek things a little here and there.
Judging however can never be a science. Every judge has their likes and dislikes and if a cook can find that coveted area that pleases the most judges, HE WINS. It really as simple as that.
Have you ever checked out some of the cooking shows? The judges are all over the place and most of them are trained chefs. How in the world are BBQ judges to be held to such standards that are suggested on this board when trained chefs who have spent their lifetime in the kitchens around the world disagree on the dished that are presented befor them. BBQ judges judge BBQ because they, just like cooks, love BBQ. I can't tell you how many questions I am asked at work when I return home from a BBQ weekend. I bring some home and take it to work to share with my coworkers and they are just blown away to taste something that good. It just makes my chest pop out when I see their eyes light up when they put comp. quality BBQ in their mouth for the first time. I am proud to be a CBJ, proud to be part of the KCBS and spread the love that is BBQ.
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