The only advice I will offer you here, is that you are cooking for twenty-four different people – six judges times four meat categories and no six judges will eat more than one of your meats – you have to please as many of them as possible. Again, I’ll refer you to the cook team rules for the specifics in terms of the meat and how much, but I will caution you here about flavor. Your friends and family might like your chicken blistering hot, with enough cayenne pepper to sweat the entire town of Tijuana, but the chance that a table of six judges are going to like it is slim. You can’t cook in a barbecue contest the same way you cook at home, that’s the bottom line. If you want cooking secrets, ask the other cooks at your next contest; my lips are sealed.
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