Final thought and them I am going "nighty-night".
I almost bet that most of the competetors are 'Grillin'--not 'smokin'.
See that all the time down here with Rib Comps.
If so--a "high heat" smokin' session would win every time--IMHO.
"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.