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Unread 03-11-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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Brethren - I have a question for you all. In IBCA Competitions is it "legal" to cut the ends off of your brisket before turn-in. I included a picture of my last Brisket turn-in box to show you what I am talking about. This pic is from the HAVABBQ Comp last month (KCBS - I took 12th out of 71). I have heard you will get DQ'd for turning in Brisket like this in an IBCA Comp. - I have a comp coming up next weekend that is IBCA sanctioned.
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NO you are not allowed to cut the ends of your brisket most people will trim the brisket to fit the box before they cook if you have pieces that are too long then you must wrap them around the ends inside the box. plus the only other item in the box is Texas Lettuce or foil same thing.

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It is illegal to trim the ends of the brisket slices to fit in the box after cooking, all trimming (don't forget about the shrinkage during cooing) must be done prior to going on the smoker. If the slices don't fit, then bend the ends. My experience has been that the slices must be laid parallel to the hinge and faned out. It's not pretty but apperance is not a major factor in the scoring and is better that the DQ.

Also don't forget that Texas lettuce is the only garnish allowed.
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You also can only turn in slices (exact number to be announced at the cooks meeting. No burnt ends and the slices have to be of uniform size (1/4 to 3/8's inch) or you'll be sent back to redo the box. I got sent back to replace a slice once cause the head judge thought one slice was too thick.
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Stupid question time... what is Texas Lettuce?
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Thanks guys - that's what I thought. I didn't see anything about it in the IBCA rules online. Is it OK to pre-trim your meats in IBCA like KCBS allows?
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Stupid question time... what is Texas Lettuce?
There are no stupid questions - believe me when I first started Q'ing I had plenty of questions and obviously still have more!! BTW - Texas lettuce is a term used for aluminum foil.
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Thanks guys - that's what I thought. I didn't see anything about it in the IBCA rules online. Is it OK to pre-trim your meats in IBCA like KCBS allows?

yes you can
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Just curious at this point, how do you gauge how much to allow for shrinkage ?
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There are no stupid questions - believe me when I first started Q'ing I had plenty of questions and obviously still have more!! BTW - Texas lettuce is a term used for aluminum foil.
Thanks Smitty. Appreciate it.
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Just curious at this point, how do you gauge how much to allow for shrinkage ?

Practice over time you will be able to judge how much to trim
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Just curious at this point, how do you gauge how much to allow for shrinkage ?
I usually trim to 1/2 inch greater that the box width. Depends on the brisket but this is my rule of thumb and at times it can be a bit tight.
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Great thread and as usual,
I learn something new every day!
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I know I've asked this before, and never got any response, but does anyone have any links for sample IBCA turn in boxes? Or does anyone have a few of theirs they would like to share? Feel free to PM me if you want. My searches have been fruitless (and meatless!)
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I know I've asked this before, and never got any response, but does anyone have any links for sample IBCA turn in boxes? Or does anyone have a few of theirs they would like to share? Feel free to PM me if you want. My searches have been fruitless (and meatless!)
Go to post 86 in this thread.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...t=77890&page=6

No deviation on your presentation or your DQ'd. It's more about the meat than the appearance.

ps - and I thought Thillin's boxes looked good!!
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