Originally Posted by rksylves
Why would an entry get DQ'd if it LOOKED LIKE the ribs weren't completely seperated? Appearance phase would NOT be the time to DQ for that reason. When a sample is pulled from the box and it doesn't seperate from the others causing a shortage of samples, THAT would be the time to DQ.
The rule used to be that there had to be six "separate and identifiable" pieces of meat in the box. If the six ribs were submitted together as one slab then they may not have been able to see six separate ribs. That rule has since been changed to work as you have described. The lack of the required number of samples is not determined until that last judge ends up without anything to judge. Then all six judges are instructed to score it a 1 on appearance. This decision is made by the rep only.