Originally Posted by B C BBQ
That's all well and good but it sounds to me like you are judging the garnish and want to judge the smoke ring too. As a judge shouldn't you compel yourself to focus on the meat and how that looks? When I look at a box I do my best to look at the meat primarily.
Hello - my above list was written from the perspective of a competitor not a judge. What our team trys to accomplish with our turn-in boxes...and trying to answer as asked what makes some of the pictures in this thread poor presentations...in my book as a competitor.
As a judge you only have a moment to make an appearance determination and yes you are judging the product and not the garnish. That said, the quality of the presentation (however subconscious) does affect the overall "appearance" of the meat. If that isn't the case then all the effort that goes into the presentation of our product and the discussion within this thread is mute!