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In Reply to: Re: judging ribs posted by Raine® on April 09, 2013 at 09:51:02:
In the old days, KCBS rules allowed for teams to submit 6 small cups of sauce with each entry for the judges to use if they so desired to apply to the meat. The general consensus among judges at the time was if the meat is covered in sauce, the cook must be trying to hide something. Judges were SUPPOSED to use that sauce sample ONLY on the respective entry on which it was submitted. Some judges would find a sauce they really liked and would try to use it on another entry. This was one of the reasons the sauce cups were no longer allowed in 1994. This change also brought about the sauce pooling rule we have today.
Back in the old days, it was always said that it was a meat contest and not a sauce contest. Why else would pooling of sauce in container be illegal? Of course a pool of sauce in the container could be considered marking, but we already have a rule that covers that.
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