Met Mr. Trigg, Mr. Lilly, and Mr. Soo at Royal today!
I had the honor to meet and talk with all of these gentlemen at the Royal today. I say gentlemen because they are. They were cooking in the Invitational getting close to turn in for chicken but treated me as if they had known me for years. Don't get me wrong, I didn't just butt in and start talking to them. I've done enough comps to know just how hectic it is at turn in time. I was just standing watching and the conversation just started as natural as if nothing special was happening and Mr. Trigg was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame today. All just the finest people you could ever meet.
It must be all the smoke we inhale. I met numerous other competitors, some of whom are members of this site. All were as friendly as your next door neighbor, showing me their cookers and equipment. Maybe it was because I wasn't competing, but I don't think so. Harry said he was competing on borrowed equipment as he flew into KC and he even stated that BBQ competition people are just this way. Loan you whatever you need, no question even if you are competing against them.
The weather was horrible. 40's, windy, and cloudy but a great experience. Reaffirmed why I continue to stay up all night, eyes burning from smoke, and sometimes a headache from the Friday night parties.
Smooth Smoke BBQ Team, KCBS CBJ, 2-WSM, Cajun Bandit Conversion, wsm 2880, Smokey Joe Mini wsm, Old Country offset, several kettles.