View Full Version : I think this story about Vegas needs telling!

04-07-2012, 11:40 AM
:mod: 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 with the ribs on donated BBQ grills.
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 and had no clue.
Well that was until they met Mark from Hog Pit Smokehouse in Tucson,AZ.

He immediately took a liking to these two, saw the obvious confusion in the mom 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 young SON how to make competition ribs.

He took them into his rig, taught them to do a Hollywood cut on the ribs, provided rub for the ribs and talked them through the cooking process with them every step of the way.
He then walked them through the finishing touches and proper boxing for turn in IBCA style since this was being judged by "real" 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. I don't even think they cared if they won, it was all about the process and fun.
When the cook was over they did a PC thing and her ribs sold out before anyone else, she was totally shocked!
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. Mom was tickled pink when she heard who the Dr 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!!!! :clap::clap::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:
Thank you! :third:
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.

04-07-2012, 11:57 AM
Well, that gets best story of the day, ... week, ... and month prize.

04-07-2012, 12:00 PM
Awesome story and well done!

Big Poppa
04-07-2012, 12:19 PM
Great story...I found out how to get Dr Bbq into your camp....free Prime Rib

04-07-2012, 12:23 PM
A great story, the kind that makes you proud to be in that kind of community.

04-07-2012, 01:17 PM
Thats awesome!

04-07-2012, 01:24 PM
I found out how to get Dr Bbq into your camp....free Prime Rib

That will get a lot of people into camp! Heard it has even been known to draw in a traveling F-Bomber....:becky:

04-07-2012, 02:05 PM
That is awesome.

04-07-2012, 03:01 PM
That is so awesome. As a parent of two autistic kids, I say "thank you" from the bottom of my heart.

I love the idea of a BBQ fund raiser. Anyone have contact info on this event and ideas on how to go about organizing such a thing?

04-07-2012, 03:27 PM
That's a great story!!!

04-07-2012, 03:52 PM
Outstanding story!

Smokin Mike
04-07-2012, 05:21 PM
Awesome story! thanks for sharing

04-07-2012, 05:41 PM
Thanks, that made me feel good also.

Will work for bbq
04-07-2012, 05:51 PM
Fark! that brought a tear to my eye, what a great story thanks for sharing.

04-07-2012, 06:23 PM
I was lucky to meet the two of them. A great mom and a great kid.

And yes Sterling, that works every time :)

04-07-2012, 06:26 PM
Great story. That is why I love bbq folk. Always willing to help out.

04-07-2012, 06:30 PM
So glad I clicked on this thread and read that story. Way to go guys!

Smokin Hoggz
04-07-2012, 06:38 PM
That was awesome!! My nephew is autistic and after reading this story really makes me proud of all the obstacles my nephew has and will overcome. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!!!

Rich Parker
04-07-2012, 07:04 PM

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BBQ Bandit
04-07-2012, 08:28 PM
Excellent... how bbq touches lives!

Thanx for the post :thumb:

04-07-2012, 10:07 PM
All I can say is :clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:: clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:

04-07-2012, 11:41 PM
That will get a lot of people into camp! Heard it has even been known to draw in a traveling F-Bomber....:becky:

I felt a lil toe pick there:caked:

Bam Bam
04-08-2012, 12:11 AM
Good on you Mark! Im still in my first year of competition and Mark has always been so helpful. He has such an enthusiasm for comp BBQ and is such a genuine guy! This story did not surprise me at all. He also runs the Hogpit Smokehouse in Tucson as well, now thats true passion for BBQ! Very cool of Ray Lampe to stop in and lang for putting up the cooker! Great Great story!! Thanks for sharing!

04-08-2012, 06:59 AM
Wow, great story. Something that young man and his mother will always remember.

NS Mike D
04-08-2012, 09:37 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this story. As the father of a teenage son diagnosed with autism, I am delighted to see how the stigma of autism keeps waning each day, and how so many kids are benefitting from early support and treatment.

This year he will be camping on a two week high adventure in Philmont, NM covering some 80 miles of trails with nothing more than what he carries in his back pack. He is rounding the corner and expects to earn his Eagle Scout rank in a little more than a year.

Ask me is I would have ever thought the combination of self sufficiency and team work would have been possible eight years ago when my wife and I would lie awake at night overwhelmed with worry.

The wonderful thing, my son's story is not unique!

04-08-2012, 09:38 AM
Very cool! Mark sounds like a great guy :thumb:

Jeff Hughes
04-08-2012, 10:06 AM
Smoky Angel is not a KCBS deal, contact Mike at Hawgseye or post that story on Bassos forum and make the nomination, it's well deserved...

Tango Joe
04-08-2012, 10:40 AM
Excellent! Great story to start the day!

JD McGee
04-08-2012, 11:40 AM
Just made my morning...:clap:

04-08-2012, 03:18 PM
What an awesome thing for Mark to do!

04-08-2012, 05:00 PM
Excellent story!!!!

Be Safe