I've been one to question the judging I will admit. But then the comment always comes up about the consistent winners, and there is a lot of truth to that. It was also my first Royal, so I was like a whore in church the entire weekend anyway.
I did experience the same thing on my ribs, however, with a 120 place there. My scores ranged from 24 to two scores of 34.85something. Pretty wild swings, but it's the reality.
I'm taking that as my product is great for some folks, but not for others and I need to work at developing recipes that have a more broad appeal to the judges.
When you look at the top teams this past weekend, they are consistently at the top every week. Once you get out of the money, does it really matter where you place?
When I die, my goal is to have a visible smoke ring when the coroner cuts me open for the autopsy.