And those of us who judge in the upper Midwest really get to sample the best of the best
. That's one reason that there are so many "BBQ Medium" judges here (3XL for me).
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Possibly the only judge ever to get an award from a bunch of cooks
UDS 075 UCB WSM and a bunch of other stuff.
The above post is only my opinion - mine & mine alone.