My cousin, Sinclair Griffin Lee (one of the Wilson, NC Griffins, so a Bill’s person) shared this from The Bitter Southerner, a blog of which I was unaware. Sinclair and husband Eric (of the band, the Carolina In-Laws), and are experts in Charlotte area barbecue, burgers, music, and life.
The article gives much-deserved attention to the pit masters in Texas. The pit masters are the ones who stand for hour after hour, fine-tuning the fire and watching the meat, whether brisket in Texas or whole hogs in eastern North Carolina or pork butts in Alabama. It is hard work and requires skills that are all too rare. These women and men are real artists. Whoever owns the place, the pit masters are the ones who make that great barbecue, the ones who make the crucial difference between the poetry that can come out of a pit and the tweets that come out of a box smoker.
I need to get back to Texas.