THE ART AND ENJOYMENT OF BARBECUE
SEPTEMBER ALWAYS SIGNALS
Since 2001 the whole month of September has
taken on a new meaning to me. On 9-11-2001
the whole world seemed to totally shut down for
a few days as the tragic news about the events that
surrounded that day spread. The changes we have all
made because of that day are very evident today and
rightly so as our country has taken an oath to ensure
this never happens again. My personal memory
of that day still brings chills down my back and
I am betting most feel the same way.
One of my first articles in the National Barbecue News was about this very
subject, as I urged people to unite with friends and family around the pit
to remember those we lost and to reflect on all of the gifts we still have.
My message is still the same after 10 plus years. We all should be thankful
for the family and friends we have and take every advantage to spend time
with our loved ones.
Another big memory I have in September comes with my Dad’s birthday.
My family has the tradition of getting together on any of our birthdays with
the one having the birthday always selecting their favorite joint to eat and
meet at. Dad loves prime rib so we usually are always headed somewhere
awesome for this yearly event. A few years back I had the privilege to take Dad
to Murphysboro, IL for their annual cook off where we celebrated his birthday
there, but with tons of barbecue instead of the usual prime rib.
This year my September will start off in a new way as I make the trek to
Reno, NV to experience the Best of the West Rib Fest. I have been asked by
world famous ribber and NBBQA member Tommy Houston to help in his camp
as they attempt to win that event again. After that I will be in Derby, KS
the following week as I will help that town honor our heroes with the
National Bar-B-Que Derby.
September is full of memories for me with some being good and others not
so good, but I always try to think about and understand just how lucky and
blessed I really am. I have always said “it could be a lot worse” about any
situation. Seems just when I think I have forgotten this I am reminded
of how true that statement really is.
Until next month... keep it smokin’
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Smok’n Mo’s BBQ
Smoke & Spice
According to the 2012 NBBQA
Membership Survey, smoky goodness
is still king for our members. Whether
it’s from wood, charcoal or pellets,
almost two-thirds prefer to bring the
smoke when cooking at home.
Statistics from the Hearth, Patio and
Barbecue Association indicate that gas
grills have outsold charcoal grills since
the mid-90’s and currently make up
57% of all grill and smoker shipments
in North America. However, charcoal
continues to be quite popular with
many NBBQA members; 44% percent
use it as their primary heating source
when at home. Wood even edges out
gas for second place. Electric grills,
however, barely register with either
our members or the general public.
According to Weber’s 2011 GrillWatch
Survey™, only 4% of Americans even
own an outdoor electric grill—a figure
in line with our own survey results.
What is your primary heating source
for grilling or barbecuing at home?
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