Originally Posted by Smoke Ring
This confirms what I have been saying about KCBS contests involving luck. Yes, to win you have to cook well and consistently but you also have to be lucky. Someone commented this solves the problem of guessing what went wrong, but unfortunately it doesn't solve the problem that something went wrong.
This isn't a KCBS problem so much as it is a problem with every cookoff with multiple tables. It's a bit of the nature of the beast. You will have "hot" tables, and you will have "cold" tables. Your entry will land on a table with what should be the top 5 or 6 entries in the whole contest (and they aren't scored that way), and your entry will land on a table where everyone else around yours is aweful (so your good entry stands out just that much more). Your entry will also be tested after an entry that leaves a bad taste in the tasters mouth and yours will get a lesser score as a result. It happens, regardless of the sanctioning body, regardless of the type of cookoff.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.