in reference to:
> ... well respected folks in the game that would be to justify being extra descriptive in the rule.
I think this actually is a problem with most sanctioning bodies. They've allowed the "respected folks" who may or may not have had any real experience creating rules, policies, etc. and probably no experience in enforcement of said rules. Policies/Rules that are meant to be left open do so by not adding additional wording. Limit, by words, grant is done sans words.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.