RE: Question Regarding Regional Sauces at Competitions
Quigley is SO right. Forget regional preferences in KCBS events. The judges are from ALL over and you cannot outguess them. Cook the rules - cook for tenderness and taste. The sauce will make a difference but not like you think it would/should. For example: in NC you won't see KCBS winners doing vinegar sauce for turn-in even though you may be in a vinegar based sauce preference area. All the judges may be from Mephis, Ohio, Maryland, and Alabama. Learn to cook your flavors and tweak from there - don't even try to chase regional differences.
Middle of the road, sweet with a touch of heat, will get you over a lot more than a truly distinct flavor - except for the one time you get an all California judge table and a sauce with ginger-soy fused with vanilla and truffle oil RULES! :D
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