I like red, you like yellow. This becomes a lottery not a competition. What I think would be great is if everyone had to use the same meat, rub ingredients, and sauce ingredients and everything had to be made on sight. I love the people at competitions and the fun that is why we go, but there aren't true competitions, there are too many teams and judges. It is hard to say this teams is better than this teams when we had two different pallets eating our food and there are sixty teams. You make a great point, lets turn these into competitions not lotteries.
Entry fee should include
Basic rub ingredients, let teams mix and measure themselves.
Basic sauce ingedients and let the teams mix and measure themselves.
Limit the comps to 15 teams, this will show who can really BBQ.
If there are sixty teams that want to enter, make brackets and run four different comps at one sight.