Fighting loose barbecue sauce during a rib bender is eating’s shoveling sand against the tide. You’re eventually going to lose. Much like Star Trek’s Kobyashi Maru test (i.e. no win scenario), it’s a test of character with no shot at victory. Eventually, some of that sweet red yummy is going to fall on your shirt, forcing you to deal with it. That’s why you see so few tuxedos at barbecue competitions.