Look at it this way. Backyard folks are the judges. Heck, little granddaughter Mary Sue is the judge. The only difference is that your not trying to impress everyone with Wizz-Bang BBQ, you just want it to be good and see everyone Happy.
If your doing Comps, the Judge is the one to impress. The real deal is to follow the $$$$. The Comp folks put their blood, sweat and sauce into this gig because they have so much invested in it. It's got to be disappointing as hell to loose after traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles only to loose by a few points. I respect their passion.
I hope they also respect the Backyard BBQ'er.
Weber WSM, Weber GA, Weber Spirit S-320
Charbroil Oilless Turkey Fryer
Wife LuzziAnn 1956 model.
Maverick ET-732, Superfast LSU Purple Thermapen, Party Q