Interesting post yesterday at Serious Eats about the judging process at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
The piece is part of a fine series on the contest written by James Boo. It covers the comparative approach to judging — something he calls "flawed."
This does not go unnoticed.
Boo concludes that this style of judging has led to trends within the contest, and, specifically, overly sweet finishes. He questions whether winners should be declared "world champions."
A comment from Yazoo Delta Q reads in part: "It is disingenuous for you to present your very limited experience as stated fact. When you can come up with a better measure of world championship than 254 teams, open invitation with multiple countries represented, please let us know."
Yazoo Delta Q, by the way, is the same name of the team declared Grand Champions at this year's contest.
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