Marc and I tried this approach at the recent event at Palmerton. We instructed the judges that if they score 5 or less they best be ready to back it up with constructive feedback. We took it one step further, that if they couldn't support a score of less than 6 with a comment card, we would default their score to a 6. (we weren't sanctioned).
surprise! we didn't get any 5's matter of fact I don't think we got any 6's. however all the turn-in were at the very least above average
Three Men and a Baby Back, NEBS, KCBS, CBJ
Operation BBQ Relief, Board of Directors
20ft Custom Comp Trailer
Spicewine and webers