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Old 10-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Judge what is presented.....or not

Thought I would share this as I got a comment card today. Got it on my brisket. It was the first time I ever turned in only burnt ends. I had enough to make the box look full and I thought they were great. Since I've heard of teams getting good calls on burnt ends I figured why not give it a try and go a little rogue .

I have heard so many times now during the cook's meeting from KCBS reps that they are working hard on telling the judges to not have pre conceived notions about what may not have made it into the box and "judge what is presented".

Now the brisket score was not great. 20/25 teams. But seems as this judge only knew how to judge tenderness from a "slice". Perhaps it was a new judge since they referred to the burnt ends as a "small cube".

Now at the end of the day it wasn't a big deal. I am the first one to admit brisket is my worst category , though I did think the burnt ends were good. Anyways, here is the card .
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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I had great burnt ends in Cleveland and a not so good flat. I almost turned in 16 burnt ends but was afraid I'd end up with an experience just like you had. I've also come close to turning in two beautiful and tender sliced chicken breasts instead of thighs, once again, fear of judges not judging as presented.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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There is the way it is supposed to be and the way that it is in reality. More times than not you will get dinged by at least one judge if you turn in something other than what is expected.
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I was just thinking yesterday about what would happen if I turned in a box of only burnt ends.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:40 PM   #5
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Just a thought, but pork has had guidelines for judging tenderness (mushy) by using your tongue and the roof of your mouth. No such guidelines for brisket though.

I think you got screwed, I can judge tenderness of brisket outside of the pull test from experience cooking and eating them. That's something no amount of CBJ training can ever cover. That said, not sure how anyone without that experience can judge it if the only guideline they have ever known is the pull test. Outside of common sense of course (which is always in short supply no matter what you do).
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:52 AM   #6
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It is stressed on the CD that's played at every judges meeting that you're not supposed to judge for what you like,but judge according to KCBS standards. Every CBJ class is taught that you judge "as presented by the cook". Personally, if you give me a box full of some great burnt ends your scores (from me) are going to show a lot of 8s or 9s, but that's just me .
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:07 AM   #7
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several judges look for cooked more than 1 way as an indicater of better skils.. ie pulled , chopped, & sliced pork. No comperative judging -- but something has to set the bar & can't go back & change a score
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Hopefully, that judge was spoken to afterwards. We try to stress that the CD says "one way fo determine tenderness (on brisket) is the pull test". ONE WAY, not the ONLY way.
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i always thought the pull test was to detirmine underdone or overdoneand as you can have a very tender bisket that would fall apart and fail the pull test maybe they should reconsider that as a way of judging tenderness. to me the flat and the point cook like the breast and the thigh of the chicken respectivly. judges have no need to see breast meat when judging thighs and as more and more competitors see that dry flat slices might be pulling down the scores on juicy burnt ends i think you will see less and less of it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:48 AM   #10
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WTF?

The category is "Brisket," not "Sliced Brisket."

Our best placement (4th) in brisket came from truning in only burnt ends. They were THAT good, and the flat was so-so. I looked at is "Why would I want to eat those slices when I could have these burnt ends?"

At a subsequent competition, I heard a comment made by a judge, about our previous competition, and I believe most likely judged our burnt ends. The comment made was that "if they only turned in burnt ends can you imagine how bad the flat must have been?" Huh?
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"if they only turned in burnt ends can you imagine how bad the flat must have been?"
Which totally discounts the possibility that maybe you dropped it and ends was your only choice.

The reps should have talked to the judge who submitted that comment card IMHO.
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At IBCA and lonestar cooks that I have cooked and judged at, and we don't even get to touch the meat. If you can cut a large enough peice, which most of the time you can on brisket, it's all good. IMO if you only had burnt ends in the box, that would throw a flag in my head, "flat was way overcooked and this is all he could salvage"
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:27 AM   #13
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That judge does have nice handwriting. If I wrote it no one would have any idea what I said.
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i'm a judge, that's embarrassing.
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"if they only turned in burnt ends can you imagine how bad the flat must have been?"
Which totally discounts the possibility that maybe you dropped it and ends was your only choice.

The reps should have talked to the judge who submitted that comment card IMHO.
It wasn't a comment card. It was stated in the course of a conversation by the judge to one of my team members at a competition two weeks later. The judge didn't know that we were the ones that had turned in only burnt ends.
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