I’ve Got a BBQ Glow after the National Barbecue Association Annual Conference.
Steven Raichlen’s keynote had everyone in the room proud to call barbecue (and grilling) their passion and their business. Barbecue is as old as religion and a foundation of mankind as Steven so aptly put it.
On Saturday, the public was invited and treated to a BBQ bash with terrific food cooked by BBQ superstars, headliners and legends. The $20 ticket was well worth the price of admission. No one left hungry with all the amazing sampling from these champions. It looked like a Barnes & Noble book signing with the likes of Mike and Amy Mills, Chris Lily, Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone and dozens more signing books, sharing tips, and posing for pictures.
Friday night was the 3rd annual celebrity steak cookoff where steak champions are pitted against low and slow champions. The low and slow crowd continues to hold their own with Jimmy Shotwell of Memphis Barbeque Supply winning the event.
After the steaks were turned in, the Japanese BBQ Society brought out a beautiful piece of Wagyu that sells for $140 a pound. (that is not a typo).
Everyone gathered around to watch and taste the magic.
On Saturday during the BBQ Bash the Steak Cook-off Association hosted a contest with $2000 paid for top winning steak. Johnny Joseph, probably the most consistent winner in the world of steak cookoffs won the day. He won a cool the trophy and the honor of buying drinks for all his competitor friends! Bobby Stewart placed 2nd, and Junior Urias was third. GrillGrate was a winner too with an Award of Excellence for our new GriddleGrate that converts any flat top or griddle into a grill!
I left the NBBQA conference as I always do- energized and grateful to be part of this amazing community. This conference is every bit a family reunion combined with self-help workshops and lots and lots of outdoor cooking! A celebration of all things barbecue and grilling with some of the greatest people in the business!
I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference which will be held at the Fort Worth Stockyards. If you are in the business of barbecue, restaurant, cater, compete, or a backyard enthusiast- this conference is for you. #IAMBBQ #grillgrates #grillgrateful #sca #nbbqa
Major kudos to Linda Orrison aka Mama Shed who tirelessly worked her magic to corral a great group to put on the event.