Byron Chism of Buttrub.com earned first place honors in pork, pork ribs, and brisket at the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival in Tryon, NC last weekend finishing ahead of 85 other teams at the event. Charles Fretwell of B.S. Pitmeisters finished in second place for the second straight year.
Linda and I cooked next to Byron at the KCBS event in Brooksville, FL a few years ago and cooked next to Charles in Lakeland, FL at the Tiger Town event. If you ever have the honor of sharing the neighboring cook space with either team, you're in for a treat. Byron let us borrow a fan when the temperatures neared 100 degrees as we were packing up after the event and Charles gave me some tips on storing lettuce that we still use today with great success.
Congratulations to both teams!