A few weeks ago while we were in Eagar, AZ, I got to attend a contest for the first time. There was an opportunity to sample, and I tried five contestants' ribs. One was the best I've ever tasted anywhere and by far the best at that event as far as I was concerned. They had a crunchy exterior, the rub was excellent and they weren't tough or falling apart. But they came in 12th out of I think 16. Either their other entries weren't good or I don't know what good ribs are.
I only have restaurant fare to compare it with, but these ribs were every bit as good, even better, than the original Adam's Ribs in Edgewater, which are the best restaurant ribs anywhere (the original, not the franchises or whatever the new ones are).
Are the judges looking for something that might have been lacking in those ribs that I liked so much? Or are my tasters wearing out?