Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Pool Play Results
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Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Pool Play Results

When we began this competition we all knew that there was some arbitrariness to the evaluation process. That’s what makes the Wing Cup unique. In order to pull through the tournament an establishment is going to have produce excellent results on a consistent basis. There’s also a tad bit of luck involved. The sole purpose is to find our Cluck or Chuck champion. Therefore, the pairings certainly matter. For the Wing Cup 2014, the Groups were randomly drawn. Theoretically, a judge might eliminate an otherwise excellent wing if placed in a “Cluck of Death” with steep competition. Also, the top two wings could face each other before the final. It is important to note that the Committee is not ranking wings. Ultimately, there is only one that can hold the title of Cluck or Chuck Champion. Losers need not apply. The committee allowed the judges to evaluate wings based upon a recommendation from the House (H) as well as the Judge’s Choice (J). The judge’s were then asked to select their top two establishments that will move on to the Round of 16. Pool results are in and there are some upsets, some revelations, and some surprising new favorites. You can see the bracket below. Keep in mind that our judges are professionals. The reviews below may be harsh, but that should be expected when dealing with things of such serious nature.   GROUP A: Ziffles Rib Bar, Flanagan’s Restaurant & Pub, Mad Anthony, Shigs in Pit Judge: Wolfgang Cluck I was intrigued by my group that pitted two joints known primarily for great BBQ against two established pubs. Shigs in Pit was my favorite going into this group. I really enjoy smoked wings, so I was disappointed from the outset. If you enjoy smoked wings placed inside a plastic bag then reheated in the microwave, I recommend Shigs. However, if you want to be named Cluck or Chuck 2014 Champion, I’m looking for a lot more. Ziffles offers their three signature BBQ sauces (cleverly named as mild, medium and hot) for their wings cooked traditionally in the fryer. They were cooked to a crisp, but otherwise nothing that will take home the title. Flanagan’s provided a decent offering with their Spicy Chipotle (J) and Hot BBQ (H). Despite the trendy “chipotle” name, it was pretty standard stuff. Fortunately, Mad Anthony salvaged this round for me and truly dominated this group. Their Teriyaki sauce (H) and Hot BBQ (sauce on the size) were both fine additions to already well prepared (baked or perhaps smoked) and seasoned wings. Wolfgang prefers a crisp wing, but for Mad Anthony’s, he will make an exception any day! Results: (1)...

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