While chicken salad may have been declared legal, it wasn't as if anyone was tearing up the tables with shredded chicken.
Whereas judges have been rewarding sliced pork, disproportionately in some areas. Given that prior success, when a cook is given more latitude in that direction they're likely to take it.
Don't practice until you get it right; practice until you can't get it wrong.
Don't overthink or undercook.
700 Club, Grand Champion Sam's Regional Las Vegas 2015 -- 702.8576
180 Brisket -- Sam's Club, Salt Lake City, UT 2014
180 Chicken -- The Great Vegas Gridiron Grill-Off, Las Vegas, NV 2014
180 Chicken -- Sam's Club National, Bentonville, AR 2013
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