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#3285949 - 07/08/13 07:34 PM Re: BBQ joints in southeast TN [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
 Originally Posted By: Vermin93
 Originally Posted By: Poser
Competition BBQ holds little water with me. I've had a ton of it and most of it is bad. If you want good BBQ, a BBQ competition is, for the most part, not the place to look.


I'm not arguing with you because I've never been to a professional BBQ competition, but this just seems hard to believe. Wouldn't one expect some of the best BBQ to be at a BBQ competition? Even if it's not the best, I think it's logical to think that most of it would at least be good. I would like to think that I would really like it. Seriously - how can you mess up slow cooked meat to the point where it's bad? Plus, they are often using very high quality meat like wagyu beef brisket. It's got to be almost impossible to make it where I wouldn't like it.


No, the Memphis BBQ circuit favors meats that use too much sugar and/or fruit juice, and it's usually injected. The best food at MiM BBQ Fest are generally cooking in the tents Thursday and Friday. The winning competition stuff just isn't that good. Furthermore, taste is only part of the overall score. Presentation is also key.


Hopefully, this whole injecting meat thing is just a trend that will soon go away.
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#3286080 - 07/08/13 09:40 PM Re: BBQ joints in southeast TN [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
 Originally Posted By: Vermin93
 Originally Posted By: Poser
Competition BBQ holds little water with me. I've had a ton of it and most of it is bad. If you want good BBQ, a BBQ competition is, for the most part, not the place to look.


I'm not arguing with you because I've never been to a professional BBQ competition, but this just seems hard to believe. Wouldn't one expect some of the best BBQ to be at a BBQ competition? Even if it's not the best, I think it's logical to think that most of it would at least be good. I would like to think that I would really like it. Seriously - how can you mess up slow cooked meat to the point where it's bad? Plus, they are often using very high quality meat like wagyu beef brisket. It's got to be almost impossible to make it where I wouldn't like it.


No, the Memphis BBQ circuit favors meats that use too much sugar and/or fruit juice, and it's usually injected. The best food at MiM BBQ Fest are generally cooking in the tents Thursday and Friday. The winning competition stuff just isn't that good. Furthermore, taste is only part of the overall score. Presentation is also key.


Hopefully, this whole injecting meat thing is just a trend that will soon go away.


In the shoulder competition, there's not enough time to brine the meat, which is what everyone seems to think wins the shoulder division. So they bust out the horse needles.
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#3286081 - 07/08/13 09:41 PM Re: BBQ joints in southeast TN [Re: TAFKAP]
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Our team's competition meat tasted like it had been soaked in apple juice.
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#3286125 - 07/08/13 10:10 PM Re: BBQ joints in southeast TN [Re: TAFKAP]
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You guys are making me hungry with your descriptions of this bad pork BBQ. I would love to try some!
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