I’d thought about qualifying to be a BBQ judge until i closely watched the judging for a half hour at the Ulster County event.
The judges are overwhelmed with food.
The judges work in complete silence – no talking allowed.
Go ahead, overwhelm me with food !! I’ll take that challenge head on!
BUT, don’t tell me I can’t TALK !!! I am OUT !!!!
P.S. ……I do NOT like going to these BBQ competitions, cuz of the EXACT reason that the OP said !!
When I went to the Wildwood NJ BBQ festival a few years back, the competitors food looked delish, but we could’nt partake..
Instead, we were delegated to mostly crummy vendors , set up in trailers, with almost everything BUT BBQ….
lots of hot dogs, popcorn, Italian Ice, but not enough BBQ ….