View Full Version : Rate my chicken box - Medford

08-19-2012, 09:04 PM
OK. So what I learned this weekend is that I need to work on my chicken and brisket. Below is my chicken box from this weekend. What do you guys think? The thighs are too big? I am fairly happy with my scores but always looking to improve.


08-19-2012, 09:15 PM
Look pretty dang good to me! I can't imagine ur scores were too low.... I like a full box like that.

A few vary in size but I don't sweat that to much. A judge has to have some serious OCD and spends a ton of time in his moms basement if that bothers him that much...

08-19-2012, 09:27 PM
Nothing wrong with big chicken, but from the photo it looks like the sauce is fairly heavy.

08-19-2012, 09:28 PM
Looks great but I personally would like to see more color on the meat. 8 leaning towards 9.

08-19-2012, 09:43 PM
What were the scores like? Where you hit more on tenderness or taste? Appearance doesn't look that bad to me, but then again I am not a CBJ...just a cook.

08-19-2012, 09:58 PM
Yeah what were your appearance scores? Looks like a 9 to me.

08-19-2012, 10:15 PM
i'd say prolly 9. but looking at the photo for longer than one would be able at the table, i don't see any seasoning under the sauce.

08-19-2012, 10:34 PM
i would say pretty good looking box full sauce a little heavy a little differance in size 8

08-19-2012, 11:54 PM
What scores did they hit you on appearance for? To me it looks like a 8/9...

I LOVE full boxes, I think most judges do. The pieces look the same size and shape, I want to reach in and grab one.

Is the top of the box messy? Container dinged up or grungy??


08-20-2012, 09:34 AM
Sauce looks a little too thick. The full box, and they way the pieces are sitting up up high looks great!

8 for me; again sauce a little too thick.


08-20-2012, 09:53 AM
A solid 8, maybe a 9 in person.

08-20-2012, 11:00 AM
Thanks everyone. You are scoring consistent with the judges from the event. I think I got one 9 and the rest were 8s (don't have the score sheet in front of me now). I think I need to thin out the sauce a touch going forward. I tend to use thicker sauces which I am learning is not as well received as a thin glaze.

08-20-2012, 11:06 AM
heavy sauce, uneven size. Good looking box though!

08-20-2012, 06:04 PM
9 from me. ditto on the sauce but I'm pretty forgiving on sauce appearnce

Uncle Buds BBQ
08-20-2012, 08:44 PM
Your box would get an 8 from me on appearance. If all of the pieces where trimmed to the same size it would get a 9.

08-20-2012, 09:48 PM
I've always approached the appearance score from the pov of "does it look like something I really look forward to taking a bite of". "Does it make my mouth water". "I can't wait to sink my teeth into it". Etc.

Moist is a desirable thing. Gloppy is not. It makes me think you're hiding something, although in this case the sauce is so thin I can see it's hiding nothing - in fact, revealing a lack of color and foretelling no hope of bite thru on the skin.

Looks like a 7 to me. Sorry if that's harsh.

08-21-2012, 08:55 AM
Dev, I appreciate your thoughts. For what its worth, I know for a fact that the skin was bite through. I wouldn't even consider doing a competition if I couldn't turn in bite through skin.