And, let's see, in that article three of the four panelists haven't competed, and the fourth flat declares that KCBS has ruined BBQ. Further, if you think that every brisket entry presented to you at the Jack is "$#!+", then maybe you should politely decline to judge next year.
Don't practice until you get it right; practice until you can't get it wrong.
Don't overthink or undercook.
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