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After thinking about this for the last week and then getting hit with yesterday's bad news I'd like to share what I think BBQ and the competitions are all about.
Last weekend in Vegas something happened that epitomizes what BBQ is/was supposed to be all about. There was a Rib throwdown as a fundraiser for Autism (it is Autism awareness month). This contest comprised of just plain old folks, parents and relatives of kids with Autism. These young kids were walking around selling CD's for $10 while the "competitors" got things started and the ribs on the donated BBQ's. There was this mother there with her probably 8-9 yr old son and she was competing but had not a clue on how to do anything. The equipment she brought was a bottle of bbq sauce, a can of beer and a hope of making it through this and having some fun but you could see she was nervous since again, she'd never messed with this before.
Well that was until they met Mark and Mike from The Hog Pit Smokehouse. He immediately took a liking to these two and took them under his wing. Even though he had to be tired from doing the comp and everything else he offered to help them through it and proceeded to teach her SON how to make competition ribs.
He took them into his rig, got them to do a Hollywood cut on the ribs, provided rub for the ribs and talked them through the cooking process. He then walked them through the finishing touches and proper boxing for turn in since this was being judged by actual KCBS judges.
When this was all done you should've seen the boy's eyes gleaming that HE had done the ribs and now knows how it's done and mom (what a nice lady btw) was so proud.
When the cook was over they did a PC thing and her ribs sold out before anyone else!
While they were waiting for awards and such (the first prize was a $1500 Lang bbq) Mark went over and got Ray (Dr. BBQ) and brought him over to meet these two. He was very gracious and while very busy at the event stopped and took time to talk with them.
Mom was tickled pink when she heard who the man was and couldn't believe she was actually talking to him (I know right?).
When awards came guess what???
SHE WON the BBQ!!!!!
Mark, as you know Autism is a big thing in our lives so I can't say thank you enough for jumping in and showing this kid (and mom) that even though he's not Neuro-Typical he can do anything he puts his mind to and CAN be a winner!!!!
I would put you up for a Smokey Angel award but I'm not a KCBS member and yes I know you don't do what you do for that.
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