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Judging Tips

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by mofo, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    A friend at work has asked me to judge their neighborhood "smoke off" in a couple of weeks. I thought it sounded like fun but have not done anything like this before. Can anyone offer up any "judging tips" on how to judge a competition? It is strictly low key, but I would like to do a good job.

    I now understand that the only thing to be judged will be brisket.

    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    ll depends on how the contest rules are set up .Is it taste and tenderness only? or is it presintation also?

     Will you be the only judge?   If its multiple judges you need to print out rating sheets .

    Taste = x% of total score                      x

    Tendenderness =x% of the score           x

    presentation = x% of the score              x

                                                      total score

    If it's just you,You can give a number rating to each one or just decide which one you like best.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would go for tenderness and taste to me but it looks like Bob has given you the best method of judging. I would hope it's not just you for there might be some sore losers. It does sound like fun so I would go into it with a let's have fun atittude and then have some to.
  4. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    I believe I will be the only judge... and as far as I know... There ain't no stinkin' rules... ;o)

    Should I request the brisket be sliced?
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Yes tell each entrant to turn in 2 slices .
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I agree with Bob's method but would really urge you to get some help so you are not the bad guy if someone is unhappy