21-Oct-2000 -- I did not get finished judging the
BBQ contest until 1:00PM. I have a hard life!! For this contest, I was
an on-site judge for Ribs. This means that I visited the cooking area
of each of the three teams that I judged. Each then gave me a
presentation, which usually consists of telling about their cooker and
why it's the best in the entire world plus how they prepare and cook
their product. After this, I'm seated and served their entrée.
I judge appearance, tenderness, flavor and overall impression. A total
of three judges judge each team. Then there are a group of judges that
are "blind judges". They also judge the same criteria,
however, the product is brought to them in numbered containers. They
judge not knowing which team they are judging. All of the scores are
then "crunched" in a computer that spits out the top? (I
forget how many go into the finals). Then the product is judged in the
finals for one winner. The finals are also a "blind"
I think that this contest had 113 cooking teams. There are three
different categories; shoulder, whole hog and ribs. Not all teams enter
every category. Ribs usually have the most entries. So now you know
all there is to know about Memphis-in-May BBQ contest.
Now to the confluence. We left Vienna around 1:30PM and traveled
south on Hwy 41 to Tifton, Ga. 41 parallels I75. At Tifton we took 319
to Coolidge, Ga. where we picked up 188. 188 takes you to within 1.5
miles of the target. At 30 58.671N 84 00.297N, Pummy Rd intersects
188. We took Pummy Rd until we were at right angles to the target. At
this point I was .29 miles from the target. I headed out across one
bean field. Crossed a cotton field and ended up in an open field with
knee high under brush. Between the cotton field and the open field is a
nice dirt road that is less than 50yds from the target. I just don't
know how you get to it. Even without getting on this dirt road, the
target is not difficult to locate.