Monday, January 6, 2020
The winter months are a little slow in the bbq competition world. This does not mean judges and cooks remain idle. In fact a white flag was raised and cooks and judges united to practice cooking judging and honing our particular bbq skills. This was all done at Dana Meyers house last Saturday.evening. Kevin from the competition team "Smoky Luv" and his new partner Brian Gutierrez brought their bbq trailer and parked it right in front of Dana's house. I am not sure what the neighbors thought.
During the competition year cooks complain about judges and vice versa. This was an opportunity to understand and learn about each other. Today Kevin and Brian cooked the four meats of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. We would judge these meats and give verbal comments directly to the cooks. This is different than actual competition because all judging is blind and anonymous.
As a judge this was a good way to verbally put together the thought process of why we assign the numbers we score. It is simple to just write a number down on a score sheet but when we are face to face with the cook you better explain this numerical critique.
The cooks like the instant feedback. They know how their cook went but are not sure how judges will score. This face to face interaction is positive for both parties.
Needless to say we ate and scored some fantastic bbq today. Kevin and Brian are a competition bbq team that will be taking a lot of walks this season. (Taking a walk is winning a meat category). This was a learning experience for both parties. It also was a good excuse to have fun and good eats.