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Teamfour
07-21-2013, 06:22 PM
This is my last practice chicken cook before our first pro comp next weekend. One thing I noticed is that the bone on one end tends to stick out a little. I prefer to trim only one knuckle. Any comments are welcome.

Smokin'Butts
07-21-2013, 06:29 PM
Those look really good! One thing I see is the top row, first 2 pieces seem to be darker than the rest. It may just be the picture though. Keep it up and good luck!

sdbbq1234
07-21-2013, 06:54 PM
Looks good to me. You should be up therein the scoring!

Just wish we could be there. Good luck!

wallace

Bentley
07-21-2013, 07:27 PM
Does that matter?

One thing I see is the top row, first 2 pieces seem to be darker than the rest.

WineMaster
07-21-2013, 07:51 PM
Looks good! Good luck.

Outnumbered
07-21-2013, 08:38 PM
Does that matter?

It depends on the judge. If you have more choices where color and size match better, you'll be better to use those...assuming everything else is the same. Assume judges are looking for a reason to either score you down or not score you so high.

But those look really good.

ViciousGame
07-21-2013, 09:50 PM
I like how those thighs look. I think you're on the right track there. The garnish will help pull them together and cover up any asymmetry. They look nice and plump...my eyes tell me they would taste good. I don't care if they are slightly different in size. I'm only looking at the meat: Would I eat that chicken? Yes, I would.

Limp Brisket
07-21-2013, 10:15 PM
They look great. You are ready for the chicken category as far as appearance is concerned.

loco_engr
07-22-2013, 08:42 AM
IMHO, if the exposed bone is appearing to be burnt, that to me
would be a deduction.
Why not debone entirely?

b182evrclear
07-22-2013, 09:40 AM
These look better then most entries I typically see. In person I'd probably give these a 9. As said already the color on the top middle one seems dark but it may be the pic. When I judge, one thing I look for is consistency in color and size but as long as they are close you wont get any deductions from me. It's not about all of them looking perfectly identical as that is not practical/possible. The color you have overall is spot on to me and I love the look of the sauce and skin (thin and even, GREAT!). Honestly, I would change nothing except the color on the top middle one. Get that down and it should be 9's from everyone. Really nice job!!

mobow
07-22-2013, 09:50 AM
You got it. Put them in the box neatly and they should do well on appearance. Keith

Teamfour
07-22-2013, 10:21 AM
Thanks all for the comments. I am a little concerned with the bone appearing burned, but should be able to hide that with garnish. I'm not sure how that happened since it hasn't happened before. As for the taste, the flavor and tenderness was off the charts. I know I'm biased, but honestly, I think they were spot on. We will see this weekend.

MarleyMan
07-22-2013, 10:49 AM
Nice looking Yardbird :thumb:

Pelkster
07-22-2013, 12:40 PM
I don't think the bones being burnt would be a problem. I only deknuckle one side, and I have the same problem with the other side. I've gotten really good scores (multiple top 10's) turning in chicken that looks pretty much like yours. Don't change a thing. That does look pretty damn tasty!

Mad About Que
07-22-2013, 02:46 PM
Thanks all for the comments. I am a little concerned with the bone appearing burned, but should be able to hide that with garnish. I'm not sure how that happened since it hasn't happened before. As for the taste, the flavor and tenderness was off the charts. I know I'm biased, but honestly, I think they were spot on. We will see this weekend.

where ya competing this weekend?

Mad About Que
07-22-2013, 02:49 PM
Thanks all for the comments. I am a little concerned with the bone appearing burned, but should be able to hide that with garnish. I'm not sure how that happened since it hasn't happened before. As for the taste, the flavor and tenderness was off the charts. I know I'm biased, but honestly, I think they were spot on. We will see this weekend.

if your going to Maggie Valley, then those chickens look horrible. you shouldn't even waste your gas. if you're going else where, then they look awesome.. :thumb:

(headed to Maggie valley this week myself... and always "concerned" with chicken.)

Teamfour
07-22-2013, 02:58 PM
where ya competing this weekend?

Bluemont VA -

http://www.greatcountryfarms.com/index.php/bbq-a-blackberry-bonanza.html

Mad About Que
07-22-2013, 06:21 PM
okay.. great looking chickens then.. =)

sdbbq1234
07-22-2013, 09:27 PM
Bluemont VA -

http://www.greatcountryfarms.com/index.php/bbq-a-blackberry-bonanza.html

Best of luck to you! Sure wish we could be there. Only 8 miles from home base! Heck, we could have got there, set up, gone home got got decent sleep, got up early and almost never missed a beat!

And if you turn in chicken like you have posted with good taste & tenderness, you are in business!!

:thumb:

wallace

Pig Headed
07-23-2013, 03:40 PM
I think they look very good. I personally like the darker ones better than the lighter ones. Good luck this week.