I have for awhile now been amazed at some of the scoring thoughts versus final scores from some of our esteemed BBQ judges here. I have on occasion read some of your box critiques that were pretty harsh and justifiably true yet there was no hesitation handing out a score of 8 or 9. If you cite a less than excellent, how can you still give out a 9? If there are glaring problems that make you point them out how can it still be an 8?
There is mention made from time to time about the "7,8,9" judges who wouldn't give a 5 or 6 to save their souls.
My intention here is not to incite anyone to lower their scores just because. I'm merely suggesting boxes with problems are not "excellent".
I would like to propose a little exercise for all of us that when giving a score to these boxes that you also write out the KCBS descriptive word that is associated to the number score. If you judge a box and find fault with it and decide it's a 9 and can also give it the name "excellent" then do so, but if the term "very good" or "average" is more in line with what is in that box maybe you should adjust the number to match the description. The descriptive words and matching number scores are available on the same page we make our comments.
My only goal here is to cause some thought on the matter and make scoring more consistent among us judges.
Ed KCBS MCBJ
Competition Cook & MCBJ