Originally Posted by CBQ
You are right, it's not cheating, but maybe against the intent of the rule. The old rule didn't prevent it, and neither does this one. I'm not sure how you would write a clear, concise rule that prevented it.
I would love a Brethen poll on this - how many people really do it? The teams I know don't cook that way. You can cook a hot 'n fast whole butt in under 5 hours - what's the advantage to hanging a MM on a string?
Why not just say that only surface trimming is allowed, and that isolation of muscles or muscle groups is prohibited.
Or allow the crazy trimming, but require the butt to be tied into a solid mass with butcher string after trimming.