Originally Posted by Rusty Kettle
Not trying to start anything but money isn't everything. Although I see your point to an extent about the judges and maybe they are the real issue maybe that means we should all get certified as judges and change that culture for the better. Just a thought.
They're not barbecue exhibitions, they're competitions. If a pro team isn't competing for a trophy and a check, why in the world are they showing up? There are a bunch of less expensive ways to throw a party. If judges prefer sweet barbecue seemingly nationwide and across multiple circuits, I think it's pretty fair to say that a pattern has developed.