As a judge, I see some thighs with skin on and some without. I don't judge any differently between the two. Usually I can't tell if it has skin or not during the Appearance scoring and only find out when I take a bite. I'd much rather have a skinless piece than a thigh (or other piece) that doesn't have good bite-through skin!
I judge it as presented.
CMJ - KCBS & Carolina BBQ League (NCBBQA)
CBJ - MBN, NCBS, NCPC, & SBN
CTC - KCBS
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