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In Reply to: Re: Let's move to a solution posted by Raine® on April 11, 2013 at 10:59:48:
I can only make a few educated guess's at why it keeps scoring high but remember it doesn't always win and my observations are regional. Judges (at least the ones I hung around) did try to score on merit. Here's the thing, if the vast majority coming in front of you is sauced up and injected to high heaven after a while you get realize that's pretty much all you're going to see and score each on it's merit. When you do come across the random old school bbq which is NOT as common as maybe you'd think you may score it better but the newer judges at the table most likely won't as that's not something that's "normal" to many/most of them.
You know, this brings up an idea. I wonder what would happen if you took a tent of judges, split it in half with newer people and veterans and sent a 50/50 mix of sauced up candy and non candy in to be scored. I'd bet the scores that come out of that tent would tell quite a bit about what's going on.
As for the Cordon Bleu way of doing it vs old school true to it's roots? It's not been true to it's roots for a while now which is sad. I don't go to a 5 star Michelin rated restaurant for bbq and I don't go to bbq places looking for Faux Gras.
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