You make YOUR sauce the way you like it or think will make it competitive. If you switch up from what you normally do you'll never get that repeatable taste you're looking for.
Good luck - winning can be a feather in the cap - I understand that's where KC Masterpiece got it's start - winning at the AR sauce competition.
We don't normally compete in any of the ancillary events (except dessert, once!) - but some teams like Jack's Old South clean up regularly.
Southern Brethren BBQ Competition Team
"It's all about getting paid!" - Myron Mixon
"I love being hated in my hometown!" - David Hair
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