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First BB rib shoot out.

EllerEller Posts: 56

I want to share this post in hopes of getting some advice from you all. I placed 5th out of 17 in a local BB rib shoot out. The judging was pretty striaght forward. Taste, texture and presentation were the performance metrics... 5  poor 10 best. I smoked the ribs at 225 degrees in a 3, 1.5, 1 hour fashion. I used WW coal and apple smoke. AJ uiced them every hour on the hour. I used Famous Dave's rub. Sweet Baby Rays for the finish for the last hour.

 

Results: 8s and 9s on presentation and texture and 7s on flavor.

The Prize? bragging rights.

Please comment on how I can improve. All of you comments ar welcome!

 

Thanks.

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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    IMHO if you got 7 on flavor, the first 2 things I would look at is the SBR's and whatever rub you used (very curious). 
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • EllerEller Posts: 56
    I used Famous Daves off the shelf rub... probably the the oops. I'm sorry taz what's SBR?
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,270
    I don't foil cause I think it dilutes the flavour. Same with spritzing..it just washes the rub off IMHO. You may want to use a stronger rub and maybe a light coating of mustard after you apply the rub and a good sprinkling after.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    Sweet Baby Rays. 

    I think it also depends on where you are cooking them to give you an idea of what the judges are looking for.
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • EllerEller Posts: 56
    It was hard to please  all the judges. 1 guy asked for a rib with no sauce just dry. Any thoughts?
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,906
    Sweet baby rays is really sweet to me, now I'm spoiled living in Oklahoma where there are lots of great BBQ sauces around. But for a competition I would think you would be better off not using a sauce designed for the masses not just BBQ fans. I haven't tried Famous Dave's so I can't really comment on that.

    As far as the without sauce it should be either / or judges shouldn't get to pick and choose unless there is two categories.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,270
    Were they KCBS judges?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • SBR=Sweet Baby Rays..Try diffrent rubs/sauces if competing in same area. I've heard judges like diffrent flavors (hot, sweet, spicy etc..) in North South East West. You just have to try a variety of rubs/spices/sauces until you get it right. That's the fun of BBQ
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