SMF Premier Member
- Sep 7, 2013
The only ones I watch are on YouTube!!
Can't beat YouTube when you want to see a few examples of how to do something Specific.
Yep, YouTube only for me, but even there you have to be careful. There are some guys and gals who imply "I'm an expert" until they open their mouths. One guy claimed that 250F was different in one type of smoker than another. He wasn't referring to probe placement, thermometer type, or airflow, he meant the ACTUAL temperature. I guess he lives in a different world of physics than the rest of us.
I used to watch the BBQ competitions until I started seeing things that helped me realize how scripted the outcomes were for entertainment purposes. As I watched the shows, my wife in the other room would hear me scream "Oh, that's BS" at the TV when a pro-Q'er or chef made some mistake a novice wouldn't make.
The final straw in my competition-show watching was when I learned that 3-6 hours of shooting often takes up to 16 hours a day. Some competition and reality show contestants have to be interviewed by psychologists as they progress through the selection process. It is entertainment, after all, and the producers want maximum engagement of the audience.
We now only watch one baking competition show and make a game out of picking out the scripted "mistakes," continuity errors, and winners for the day. We know it's generally fake, but what the heck. Ah, the life of a retiree.