View Full Version : Box opinions please

05-04-2008, 12:35 PM
These pics are from the Cedar Creek Nebraska cookoff this last weekend. It was my best showing so far, but I would like to get everyone's opinions of my boxes.

I'll post the scores later.





Dale P
05-04-2008, 12:46 PM
Chicken 8
Ribs 8
Pork 7
Brisket 8

Boxes look real good. A little clean up and the 8s would be 9s. JMHO. Good job!

05-04-2008, 01:30 PM
The chicken I'd give a 7 because it looks like the edges are burnt. The rest I'd give a 9 too.

05-04-2008, 02:36 PM
Looks really heavy on the sauce and some of the edges look a bit burnt.
It might be the lighting in the pic but some of the parsley looks yellow.
Also, the small piece of meat sticking out from under the skin on the middle right piece draws the eye.
I never did like this arrangement of ribs.
It looks like you are hiding the 3 back ones and only had 3 "show" ribs.
That one piece of yellow parsley draws the eye to it and the gap in the green on the left sticks out. Nice smoke ring.

Other than being really heavy on the sauce, the meat looks really good.
The brisket slices probably look best to me.
The burnt ends look a bit dry on top but it could be the pic.

That being said, I'd eat all of it!

Mutha Chicken BBQ
05-04-2008, 02:42 PM
Mike I tell ya what brother, That's some fine looking grub right there!

I say the chicken is a little on the dark side, But still makes me wanna say....." Oh yea"

Chicken 9
Ribs 9
Pork 9
Brisket 9

I do think the garnishes could have been touched up a bit, But the meat looks good.

Man am I hungry now

05-04-2008, 03:59 PM
chicken 8
ribs 7
pork 8
brisket 9

ribs looks like uneven cut on each almost indented in with your knife cut. could just be the picture.

05-04-2008, 04:07 PM
Here are the scores for appearance

Chicken: 878678 Total- 149.7142 12th place.

Ribs: 897888 Total- 164.0000 2nd place.

Pork: 888988 Total- 157.7143 6th place.

Brisket: 977779 Total- 159.4287 4th place.

Overall: 630.8572 3rd place.

Chicken is my nemesis. I really need to change something, but I dont know what. I think it may be too spicy for the judges. It sucks knowing that if I did better in chicken that I would have probably taken RGC, but I am still really really happy with how we did.

05-04-2008, 04:29 PM
chicken 7 - darker than i like and resting low in the garnish
ribs - 9 looks great
pork - 8 looked good, but fill up the box for the "wow" factor
brisket - 9 i really like the look of a good bark on brisket

i didn't want to be influenced so i went right to the bottom without looking at the other scores and posted.

in general, i'd be very happy with that quality at turn-in time. :-D

05-04-2008, 04:31 PM
I do not attest to knowing how to cook KCBS, but I think the chicken doesn't look so good, I liked the way everything else looked.

Therefore chicken 6, ribs 8, pork 8 and brisket 8.

Now I have a question, those of you who do cook KCBS, How does the garnish look on these boxes other than the yellow piece in with the brisket?

I guess we posted about the same time, I came back and edited my post to say congrats on the Third Place finish.

Last year I got a couple of fourths and a third, this year, I have gotten a third and a second, I tied with the GC on the 2nd, but he beat me on brisket scores. Anyway, my point is, it aint easy, if it was anyone could do it....... Good luck on your next event, You are right there.....

05-04-2008, 04:33 PM
Chicken - A litle dark and the middle right chicken seems to have something wrong with it in the bottom right corner
Ribs - I woudl have liked to see the ribs more spread out - i think what i am trying to say is the presentation seems narrow
pork - nothing special about it but nothing really wrong with it either
i like the brisket but just seems a little messy

05-04-2008, 04:41 PM
I agree about the lighter colored parsley in the box, and they crazy thing is that I thought I picked it all out. Here is a picture of the chicken box the first time I put it together to turn it in.

The lighting in the trailer isnt that great and I really didnt notice the lighter stuff till I looked at the picture on the digital camera. Then I tried to get all the light stuff out and turned in the box pictured at the top of the page. I thought I caught all of it with the other boxes, but I did miss a peice in the brisket box.

05-04-2008, 05:01 PM
Was this at ceder creek?

05-04-2008, 05:16 PM
Was this at ceder creek?

Yes. It is a really nice contest. I really like going there.

05-04-2008, 05:18 PM
how many team?

05-04-2008, 05:20 PM
There was 25 this year. Last year i think there was 37. I think it was down this year because to Council Bluffs and North Platte are both next weekend.

05-04-2008, 05:24 PM
I would suppose and those are both KCBS contests where Ceder creek was not.

council bluffs is 200 bucks and north platte was 100 bucks to enter council bluffs is getting a pretty good chunk for low pay outs.

05-04-2008, 05:27 PM
I would suppose and those are both KCBS contests where Ceder creek was not.

council bluffs is 200 bucks and north platte was 100 bucks to enter council bluffs is getting a pretty good chunk for low pay outs.

Probably, but Cedar Creek is still a Jack qualifier. As of Saturday Council Bluffs still had two spots open. I wish I could go but my brother is graduating.

05-04-2008, 05:32 PM
that maybe just another name in the bucket Draw for Nebraska. No invite to the Royal or the GAB.

Anyway if council Bluffs does not get there 25 I wont go and it will even be less than 23. they have to have the 25 or I will not travel Fuel is way to high just to cook for ribbons.

05-04-2008, 05:37 PM
I wouldnt worry about it not filling up. I know there were several teams at Cedar Creek that took entry forms. What are the payouts for CB?

05-04-2008, 05:44 PM
I don't have it here with me but they are low. and only pay out 5 spots. Pretty slim last year they went out to 7 places.

05-04-2008, 10:39 PM

05-05-2008, 06:52 AM
chicken -7
Ribs - 8
Pork - 8
Brisket - 7

Sauce looks heavy on the chicken and the brisket probably could have used a little more time arranging nicely in the box. Even distrubution of greens and so on.

05-05-2008, 06:56 AM
Without looking at any other posts, I would say eight. I'm also NOT a CBJ.

:EDIT: I moved too quickly to the bottom of the page, but still, each looks like a solid eight to me.