Friday, February 8, 2013
First contest of 2013...Havasu AZ
Here's my theory....the day before almost any large contest there is a judges class. There are a bunch of BBQ loving people that want to be part of the whole thing...maybe they just want to eat free BBQ...maybe they are part of teams trying to figure out what judges are looking for (we did that). Anyway, this makes KCBS look good because they now have 100% certified BBQ judges for the event. But, I've realized that these folks often compare entries to each other, or worse...their own 'cue...none of which is supposed to be done. Each entry is supposed to be judged on it's own merit. This results in scores that I don't believe are accurate, causing teams to have scores that are not really reflective of their product, and ending up in standings that leave teams dazed and confused.
With that said, the promoters Skip and Cheryl put their heart, soul, and energy into this contest. The location is great. We were on the grass again, spaces are level, and we had plenty of space. We love to see many of our BBQ friends from Arizona and beyond.