I've been invited to participate in a round table discussion regarding preferential bias in judging at competitions and garnish. It will be at 9:06 PM eastern and can be heard at http://www.latalkradio.com/
Unrelated, I stumbled across a new product that fits right in with competition barbecue and the dog days of summer. It's called the Pickle Sickle http://bobspicklepops.com/. Not to tout this product as some sort of miracle for hot weather, but it's noted that NFL and college football trainers have their players drink pickle juice to prevent cramping while they play in the hot weather.
Finally, congrats to Chris Cappell of Dizzy Pig BBQ http://www.dizzypigbbq.com/ . He just filled orders for his amazing rubs from Whole Foods Markets in the mid-Atlantic. Chris has worked very hard for this to happen. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Now get back to grinding those fresh rubs Chris!