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Bigmista
01-07-2013, 09:56 AM
Judges, what color do you prefer when it comes to ribs. Please leave comments stating why you chose your color. And no riding the fence!!

WineMaster
01-07-2013, 10:01 AM
Anything but black. Charred ribs are a nice treat sometimes but dont do well in comps IMHO.

Uncle Buds BBQ
01-07-2013, 10:08 AM
Red mahogany

New Pal Frank
01-07-2013, 10:17 AM
As a CBJ, the color is not the most important part of judging appearance IMO. The box must look appealing all together. Uniiform size, clean cuts, not over or under sauced and nice arrangement will score high with me. I'm with WineMaster on the color thing. All of the choices in the poll can be very appealing in a turn in box.

PS My vote in the poll is based on conversations with other CBJ's

Ron_L
01-07-2013, 10:20 AM
Assuming that all other things are equal, I think I would prefer a dark reddish brown Mahogany), but I'd have to have the boxes in front of me to really decide.

mobow
01-07-2013, 10:25 AM
a agree with above

sdbbq1234
01-07-2013, 10:27 AM
Agree with everyone above. Voted for dark red; looks I am with the majority.

wallace

bbq.tom
01-07-2013, 10:55 AM
Actually a medium red is my personal preference (however - at competitions I judge each box on its own merits without a preference!); therefore, I voted for a "light red" color, I could have just as easily voted for "dark red", but too dark of red usually indicates too heavy sauce which could over-power the flavor of the meat.

The_Kapn
01-07-2013, 11:00 AM
I have a favorite color, but really has nothing to do with my judging.
I COOK with the goal of red/dark red/light mahogany, cause I like mine that way.
I JUDGE based on how appetizing the overall appearance (of which color is but one element) make the ribs look.

TIM

Arlin_MacRae
01-07-2013, 11:09 AM
Mista, the color is not so important to me - unless there isn't any - then I wonder...
Consistent color is important, though.

wyocurt
01-07-2013, 11:27 AM
I want the color to be equal and not splotchie, have a deep red color and above all judge the box on it merits of good bbq.

JS-TX
01-07-2013, 12:25 PM
A medium to dark red looks more appetizing to me, but of course it's all about taste.

Bigmista, I saw that Ultimate Showdown show the other day, did you guys know who the judges were before the comp. started?

Bigmista
01-07-2013, 12:41 PM
JS-TX we knew a couple of days before.

ModelMaker
01-07-2013, 01:09 PM
As others have said, it's not my job as a judge to have a preference.
You cook 'em I judge 'em.
I chose dark red meaning mahogeny as that's how I prefer to cook them.
To me it's very important that the slab be all one hue as splotchy don't cut it for me.
Nice clean, straight cuts with even sized pieces with the bone in the middle and even amounts of meat on both sides get my best score.
Ed

arrowhead
01-07-2013, 01:57 PM
don't have a favorite color, but the color must be uniform in the box.

Bigmista
01-07-2013, 04:51 PM
Nice clean, straight cuts with even sized pieces with the bone in the middle and even amounts of meat on both sides get my best score.
Ed

Do you know how hard it is to find a rack like that?

accuseal
01-07-2013, 05:00 PM
Mahogany with a nice sheen

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Bigmista
01-07-2013, 05:03 PM
View this based on color only.

So this:

http://www.bbqcritic.com/uploads/2/8/5/4/2854592/1738665.jpg?597

versus this

http://www.bbqcritic.com/uploads/2/8/5/4/2854592/7827545.jpg?607

sdbbq1234
01-07-2013, 05:18 PM
For color only, the top pic gets my vote only because they are more of the same color.

The bottom pic has a lot of different "colors/shades" as it were.

The rib on the right in the bottom pic looks nice.

wallace

Mexi "Q" Tioner
01-07-2013, 05:24 PM
WOW! Top one looks like candy :grin:

fnbish
01-07-2013, 05:53 PM
That bottom pic looks like garbage.

Uncle Buds BBQ
01-07-2013, 06:29 PM
That bottom pic looks like garbage.
I wish my ribs looked like either top or bottom!!! :heh:

fnbish
01-07-2013, 06:36 PM
I wish my ribs looked like either top or bottom!!! :heh:

They look bad because my phone's camera is awful :becky:.

boogiesnap
01-07-2013, 07:30 PM
View this based on color only.

So this:

http://www.bbqcritic.com/uploads/2/8/5/4/2854592/1738665.jpg?597

versus this

http://www.bbqcritic.com/uploads/2/8/5/4/2854592/7827545.jpg?607

funny, i was just on the critic today after a long while and saw both of these.

personally i think the top pic shows more finesse and from the pic more appealing. one would get an 8 and the other a 9.

how they each taste ..well only the six know.

ModelMaker
01-08-2013, 08:22 AM
Do you know how hard it is to find a rack like that?


Absolutley I do, that is why I put such a premium on them.
Competition BBQ includes purchase, preperation,handling,flavor profile and presentation.
I give 9's, lots of them, but you have to earn my score of excellence.
I'm not a 7,8,9 judge, average is a score of 6.
Ed

ModelMaker
01-08-2013, 08:29 AM
The first box I would expect to taste like Blues Hog candy,and hope to be able to taste the meat.

The second box I would think would have a more complex taste profile and maybe allow the meat flavor to shine through.

The first box scores higher on presentation, the second box is a little gloppy.
Ed
P.S. Ain't nothin bad about dry rib presentations or just a light even glaze.

JS-TX
01-08-2013, 09:34 AM
Based on color? I like the top one better.

I agree ribs with straight bones and lots of meat are hard to find. But it's worth shopping around for. :thumb: