Barbecue People is Good People

I’ve commented on the adventure of the barbecue contest along with the typical musical fare. The last item to mention are the people themselves…

Barbecue People is Good People…

If you have a fear of meeting new people or public speaking, then barbecue contests, or even festivals, may not be the place for you. These contests offer the chance to meet many interesting, eclectic, helpful, honest, nice, and downright good people…

The interesting thing to me was the fact that you cannot not place barbecue people under any one umbrella. It’s one giant melting pot, which is not what you’d probably think. Your mind is probably picturing Zac Brown look-a-likes, and I think I did see him and ZZ Top, but that’s not the norm. In fact, it’s far from it…

We saw families, retired couples, frat boys and sorority sisters. We saw whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, and every creed in between. We saw Costa del Mars, Blue Blockers, Tom Cruise Aviators, and Dwayne Wayne flip-up shades. We saw Rainbow flops, Sperry Topsiders, high heels, LA Gear, and snake skin boots. We saw jeans, jorts, sweats, chaps, and linens…

Folks were interested in our cooker, rubs, sauces, wood choice, and where we were from. We even had people taking pictures of us and/or our cooker. It made us feel somewhere between a movie star, a train wreck, and a freak show – probably more toward the latter…

At our first contest, we noticed other participant’s decorating their sites with trophies, signs, and other barbecue related paraphernalia. We obviously haven’t won any trophies nor have we nailed down a team name, so we opted for the paraphernalia route. Rather than have a barbecue theme, we went with great achievements of our youth, including a high school diploma, random baseballs and other middle school sports items. We even came across sports medals from our brides, just to spice it up a bit…

One baffling, and somewhat confusing, trend was that if you have a t-shirt from a previous contest, than you must wear it, especially if you competed. It must be written on the back of the tag or something…

Next time a barbecue contest or festival comes to your town, please go. It usually benefits a worthy local cause and presents a Top 10 people watching moment. Even if you don’t eat, go and park yourself on a bench, and have a great time…

We sure did…

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