So I competed in my first KCBS competition this past weekend and I must say I am a bit disappointed. I cooked some of the best food I have done and the results didnt show for it besides pork. I didnt understand why until I started looking closely at the judges sheets and this is what I found
For each category 3 out of the top 10 were judged by the same table. I was judged by this table in Pork and got 8th
out of two other tables there was only 5 teams that finished better than 20th in each category. Most were in the bottom half of the field. I got stuck with these two tables on Ribs and Brisket. I cooked a Wagyu brisket that was super moist and had good burnt ends. The team next to me tried it and they were very impressed. Said it was a lot better than theirs and they didnt even do burnt ends. They were judged by the top table and I was the bottom. They finished middle of field I placed at bottom. Same thing happened with ribs.
Does anyone else think that it has a lot to do with luck of the draw on tables. Because this contest looked like that was the case. I know I wasnt going to towards the top but I felts like I was middle of the pack.