I must agree with Kevin, what the FBA is doing is quite healthy for the organization. I think the board is doing the best they can to educate and re-educate the judges.
As I said in "Cattle Call" I've cooked for a few years before competing. When I started competing I threw everything out the window. Not that I think what I was doing would score badly, I just don't think it would win a competition.
While the board is re-educating the judges, I'm trying re-educate myself as a cook. I'm no longer just cooking for friends, family or any folks that know nothing about competition BBQ. I'm cookin' fer da "experts" now!
I have no doubt I can cook, but finding that universal flavor that nobody can deny like many teams have done will be the next challenge for me. Let Ricky deal with the judges..............