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Old 05-24-2005, 09:29 PM   #1
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Whole Hog Turn In Box

Our Moderator extrodinare Captain Morgan is very interested in the elusive turn in box. To that end I am posting the turn in box from the Whole Hog event this past weekend. This box won absolutely nothing. I would like comments and suggestions as to how to make it more attractive to the average judge. I know there was a texture issue, we have already beaten that horse.

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No garnish allowed. The Q was very good. It has not failed to place top 5 for the last 2 years running. As a side note we never have done well at this event, we do it for the kids.

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Old 05-24-2005, 09:53 PM   #2
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Jack, that Q looked damn good to me.
Only thing that would make it better would be getting to eat it.
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Indeed ! That looked awesome !
I got's ta take me a judging class sometime so I know what to look for.... But I don't need a class to tell me that I would soooooo chow down on the pig!
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Looks like some fine swine to me there Jack. I kind of like the idea of no garnish. I lost a contest because of poor appearance scores. Second place sucks when every thing else is in order.
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well I'm the last person to give you advice (Raine should be here soon to give another certified judge opinion) but I'd like a few smaller pieces near the top to show a little more variety. The bark shows well, the chunks seem a little big to me....I'm think some judges would like big chunks, so would find smaller pieces more attractive, so why not put both near the top? The judges eyes are gonna go right where they want to go.

Just some thoughts.

Looking at that makes me want to start judging though! My buddy in Columbia is going to take Lake's seminar in June. (?)
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Raine is KCBS certified. KCBS doesn't do whole hog.KCBS also requires a garnish in the turn in box also.I think the garnish plays a huge part in KCBS contests.
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I was kind of hoping that the discussion might turn to the process that those who compete go through to select the meat for turn in. So here goes the question.

For those of you that compete, how do you set up your whole hog box? I have followed a process, but I would like to know how one approaches building the whole hog box.

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As this site grows, we'll get more competitors and judges involved.
Right now, you probably know more about this than most people on this board. Which is why we're glad you're here.
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well I'm the last person to give you advice (Raine should be here soon to give another certified judge opinion) but I'd like a few smaller pieces near the top to show a little more variety. The bark shows well, the chunks seem a little big to me....I'm think some judges would like big chunks, so would find smaller pieces more attractive, so why not put both near the top? The judges eyes are gonna go right where they want to go.

Just some thoughts.

Looking at that makes me want to start judging though! My buddy in Columbia is going to take Lake's seminar in June. (?)
You may be the best person to give advice. The idea behind the larger pieces is to give the box an inviting and contrasting appearance. The judge can also pick up a piece of meat and handel it. Tear it apart, to check tenderness, texture, and get a true taste of the meat with sauce on it, not necessarily the meat impregnated with sauce. There is a large portion of classic pulled pork impregnated with sauce under the chunks. There is also some chopped ham and a little(very little) sliced loin under there as well. You may be right. A little bit of the smaller chunks on top may not hurt.

I'm having almost as much fun judging as I am cooking. You get to eat when you judge, not say "Man I don't even want to look at that thing anymore". You get to look at and taste every sample entered into the contest if you want. I have probably tasted every piece of pork worth a damn in the whole state by now. Except those that beat me this weekend. I'm sure I'll get around to those before the year is over.
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