Don't know if they are real or not--HLSR web site is silent on judging rules.
should be the rule everywhere.
Like DF said--the ranks of the Judges would be thinned out dramatically and maybe we could get some who came to judge, not to fill the freezer
I have seen this in action- they are not even subtle about their motives
Not slamming all judges--good ones out there.
Just too many who are there for the wrong reason and it shows in their scoring.
"Flirtin' with Disaster" BBQ Team (RETIRED)
FBA and KCBS Cook and Judge.
Former owner of a WSM, a Smokey Joe, a Charbroil Commercial gasser (junk), and the legendary "StudeDera".
Now cooking with a FEC100, a Traeger Lil' Tex, and a Fast Eddy PG500
Proud Pellet guy cooking on real wood.