Bill, a fellow we met when the missus and I made our brisket presentation at the NBBQA conference in Knoxville last month, suggested that he and his wife, who are just beginning to compete, would like some help with presentations.
It is always the little lady’s job in BBQ competitions to do the presentations. For those of you who are not familiar with KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) competitions, presentation scores are roughly 25% of the total. The idea is that the meat (entry) should look so appetizing to the judge that s/he can’t wait to devour it!
In 2001 we had a chance to hang out in the judges’ area at the Jack Daniel’s Invitational and we took pictures of lots of entries.
In order to be invited to “the Jack” a team needs both skill and luck. The skill comes in by the team winning a state championship or a contest with a large number of entries (I think over 50, but I am not positive). The luck comes by then getting your name entered in the draw. The event site in Lynchburg, TN, cannot accommodate all of the teams that qualify, so the ‘luck of the draw’ comes into play.
Nevertheless, the teams competing at any Jack Daniel’s contest are some of the best in the world.
So, here is a link to some of the brisket entries and the variety of styles is clearly evident.