Thanks, Guys. My friend lives in Novato. I doubt he's interested in competing, I think he just saw the Groupon deal and wanted to know what I thought. Having no info on the guy, I thought I'd hit up the Brethren to get the skinny.
As always, you guys never fail to come through.
I told him I'd teach him myself next time he comes into town. Hell, I'd do it for free if he bought the meat. I'd even go to Restaurant Depot with him and show him how to pick out meat.
I just don't think he'll be in St. Louis any time too soon. At least not with a couple days to spare to get a good BBQ 101 going.