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In Reply to: Re: Let's move to a solution posted by JohnKinMD on April 09, 2013 at 17:45:27:
Having been in the tent not all that long ago I can tell you the conversations between the vast majority of judges were certainly not in favor of the candy coated sweet stuff that's being turned in.
So why does it win or score well? The answer is simple, you have to judge each presentation on it's own merits, not just what "you like" so if that's what's being turned in that's what will be judged. Again, I can tell you that the judges I've heard from don't like it much.
A seemingly endless circle has been started, cooks saucing up thinking that's what judges want and judges having to judge all that candy on it's merits with newer judges thinking that's what bbq has to be in order to be "true" bbq. If candy is the predominate thing you've ever seen that's what you'll think is normal.
What started out as things to "enhance" the meat have now taken center stage and now the meat is just a vehicle to deliver various injections and sauce and in one case designed to chemically take over your taste buds.
It isn't about the meat anymore and in my opinion hasn't been for a while now, if you're going to be honest it's about WINNING plain and simple.
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