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Unread 06-17-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Being new to this competition thing and realizing my brisket is where I really need to improve has got me to looking at this. It seems like the teams that win GC or RGC may not score as high in the other three categories, but they are more often than not in the top 1 or 2 of brisket.

Has anyone else noticed that?
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Being new to this competition thing and realizing my brisket is where I really need to improve has got me to looking at this. It seems like the teams that win GC or RGC may not score as high in the other three categories, but they are more often than not in the top 1 or 2 of brisket.

Has anyone else noticed that?
Teams that win score well in everything. Anymore you simply have to be good in every category.
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Generally, I agree with that. But if you look at the results listed on here you'll notice that the names of winners appear in the top of the brisket category more often than the other categories.
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It seems that most people can cook chicken ribs and pork well. Last month, I recieved 4th in chicken, 3rd in ribs, 6th in pork, 6th in brisket out of 31 and finished 3rd overall(you have to finish really well in every category for GC or RGC) Brisket is probably the most difficult for most teams and most inconsistant. I was actually talking to someone this weekend at a comp and we agreed that all the categories were kinda for backyard guys and brisket is what seperates the good cooks from the average ones. I then proceeded to bomb my brisket category for the comp. Oh well, at least I got a call in ribs.
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I was actually talking to someone this weekend at a comp and we agreed that all the categories were kinda for backyard guys and brisket is what seperates the good cooks from the average ones.
Haven't thought about it that way, but it makes a lot of sense.
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Out of 22 GCs, about half involved a 1st brisket; of the rest, we had 3 thirds, 3 4ths, 2 5ths, a 6th, a 7th and even one where we did not get a top ten brisket call at all.

In general, I think that it's just a category, like the others. Brisket isn't weighted more heavily than the other three. It's quite possible that the experience level that enables a team to perform well consistently across the other three categories is going to yield a better batting average on brisket as well.

Certainly, brisket has a cachet and mystique among cooks. VQ has long said that he'd almost rather get called for first brisket than for RGC, just because brisket is what it is.

If you take away the mystery of brisket, and the emotional tie that comes with what a hard thing it is to cook consistently, it just comes down to numbers over the four categories. And to be perfectly honest, we've had more than one GC where we did not score a first place at all.
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O, so I'm bored and taking advantage of a nice day while the kids are outside playing...but I did some analysis on the scores from yesterday's contests as reported here on the Brethren.
  • I used Jeffersonville, Ind; Storm Lake, Iowa; Frederick, MD; Williams, AZ; Davenport, Iowa; Hernando, MS; Belleville, Ill; Eurahlee, GA; Chandler, OK for this evaluation.
    There is no weighting on the # of entries
    I looked at placings for the GC and RGC in each category
    I used average place in the four categories for GC and RGC at each contest
    I then averaged the place in each category for GC and RGC
    In ribs and pork the RGC actually placed better on average than the GC
    It seems, at least in yesterday's contests anyway, that brisket is a big difference, but chicken may indeed be a bigger difference maker.
    But the theory that brisket placings are, on average, higher than the other categories does hold true.

Category...................Avg. Scores
.............................. GC...........RGC
Chicken ................... 6.38...........13.00
Ribs..........................8.38...........6.88
Pork..........................9.00...........8.75
Brisket.......................2.88...........5.25


Location...........(#of entries) .......Avg. Placing
............................................GC.... ..........RGC
Jeffersonville, Ind.....(43)...........5.75...........9.75
Storm Lake, IA.........(40)...........9.25...........9.75
Frederick, MD..........(69)...........11.25.........11.50
Williams, AZ............(30)...........4.75...........6.50
Davenport, Iowa......(19)...........2.50...........5.00
Hernando, MS.........(39)...........5.25...........8.00
Belleville, Ill............(32)...........3.75...........6.50
Eurahlee, GA...........(35)...........3.50...........4.75
Chandler, OK...........(32)...........7.25...........6.00
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The overall placings are based on scores in each meat category, not where a team placed in those categories. If a contest has very tight scores for chicken but a wider score differentials for brisket, the weight of that brisket score will have a greater effect on the overall score.
For example, at a contest a week ago, Lotta Bull had two 180s but earned a RGC. Those 180s were not far enough ahead of the GC team to make up the differences in the other two categories.
Try your formula using scores and not placings.
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The hypothesis is this...if you're going to win GC or RGC, you better get a high place in brisket.

The data here supports that theory.

The point I am making here is that some teams may score high in chicken, ribs, and/or pork, but tank it in brisket. Whereas the teams that win the contests may score OK in any or all of those three categories, but place very high in brisket.
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And I thought chicken was the one meat that got ya that GC if you scored high enough in it. It's not one meat or the other. Last year MoGreen and I talked about scores said ya know if we can get three top 10 calls we got a shot at winning. Well did that and havent been close looked at more scores decided we need three better than 170 did that with the 4th being 165 came in ninth overall. Bottom line you better nail all 4 meats.
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The hypothesis is this...if you're going to win GC or RGC, you better get a high place in brisket.

The data here supports that theory.
I think you have a interesting hypothesis. But the data does not support the theory. The data says that GC and RGC have high brisket scores. Your hypothesis says that if I get a high brisket score and 30th in everything else, I could win GC or RGC.

I think what you're trying to say is "if you're going to win GC or RGC, a high brisket score will help your chances."

Sorry if I come off as a snot. Had to take a class for my Masters Degree on Research and Data. And yes, I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.
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No, not a snot at all, but you need to go back and read what I said again. I said that if you want to win, you better do well in brisket. Didn't say anything about not needing to do well in anything else.

That in itself may sound like a no brainer, but the fact is that you can score well in pork or ribs, but if you don't score well in brisket you're toast. Then again, if you score 13th in ribs, you're probably ok cause there is a better chance that the person who wins ribs won't score well in brisket. That is just simply more often the case than it is not the case.

However, in your example, if it's the AR with 500 teams and you place 30th in everything else and 1st in brisket, you have a damn good chance of winning GC.
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IMO Pork is the biggest gamble. If you have found a way to CONSISTENTLY win pork you have a great shot a GC. I think if there is one category that a new team can get a call in fairly quick its Pork. I think Pork is the easiest category to do well in and I think its also the hardest simply because of that. I find it to be the true roll of the dice class. My opinions may also reflect my bitterness over pork being our worst category. :)
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IMO Pork is the biggest gamble. If you have found a way to CONSISTENTLY win pork you have a great shot a GC. I think if there is one category that a new team can get a call in fairly quick its Pork. I think Pork is the easiest category to do well in and I think its also the hardest simply because of that. I find it to be the true roll of the dice class. My opinions may also reflect my bitterness over pork being our worst category. :)
I agree, consistent high scoring pork is the hardest to achieve.
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I can't tell you anything about winning a GC but I can tell you we have been draging our birsket behind us like anchor.
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