Originally Posted by The_Kapn
For most of my working career I reviewed, wrote, trained, enforced, and trained folks about Rules and Regulations where the stakes were a lot higher than this rule.
I found that the "Rule of Unintended Consequences" reared it's head any time a rule was overly complex and failed to specifically define the desired behavior.
In this case, it appears that the MM has become a bone of contention for some reason.
I personally see no reason to regulate the cooking of that part of the pork.
When judging, I have seen no advantage what-so-ever to that part of the butt being included or not.
It all gets down to succulent, tender pork seasoned to perfection.
Nothing more, nothing less.
If you just let folks cook the basic meat, the best will rise to the top and the others will fall in line at the awards ceremony.
But, argue on--it is a sport in it's own right thanks the the WWW
Again, you and I are pretty much on the same page. I personally couldn't care less if someone hacks off a MM and grills it, but there are more than enough well respected folks in the game that would be to justify being extra descriptive in the rule.
I worded my version the way that I did to both respect time honored BBQ cooking practice, and at the same time eliminate some restrictions that many feel are a bit silly. I believe that in this instance you can't be too descriptive of what is allowed and what is not. That is the only way that this topic will ever go away.