Well, another ARBBQ has come and gone. Some successes, some not-so-much. I know Z and Chilihead were competing. Anyone else out there?
I always get philosophical about the futility of trying to please any six palates on any given day. I never have expectations so am never disappointed, but I note that this year Paul Kirk (a/k/a "The Baron of BBQ...author of several books, teacher, multi-year winner at several big contests) finished only a couple of places above the aforementioned frequent posters. Some of the other perennial favorites didn't do much better.
Since there is not a formula and not all that many rules, who is to say? I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has been through judges training. There isn't any feedback mechanism, as far as I know, so I'm always anxious to get input from others.
CH monitor...let me know if this should be elsewhere, since it's not *really* geographically specific.