I thought I was prepared for Memphis in May. I thought I had done enough research, talked to enough people, and planned enough to thoroughly prepare myself for what would occur. Plain and simple: I lied to myself.
I had trouble staying asleep, so I got going at 6:00am. After a mandatory stop at Wal-Mart for some things I forgot to pack, I arrived at the site at around 7:00am. When I pulled in, I saw the bus for The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint. So naturally, I decided to take a picture or 2. Then all of a sudden, the door opens and this attractive woman volunteers to take my picture in front of the bus. As it turns out, the woman was none other than Chef Sara Horowitz of “Hells Kitchen” and “Best of Smoke” fame.
Some time later, I met George Karcher, one of the co-owners of Tucker Cooker Company. After a brief chat, he gave me a tour of the Tucker Cooker facilities, showing me some of the equipment used in making the cookers as well as his mindset behind the thought process that goes into making the cookers. All I have to say is if you are in the market for a quality cooker that gives you the best value for your dollar, you have to take a long look at Tucker Cooker!
The early part of the day was all about meeting people. First off, I met the rest of the Tucker Cooker team as we finished up final loading and proceeded to our site. At our site was multiple Tucker cookers, along with an arrangement of four tables in a square and a bar. Our site, by the way, has the best. View. Ever!
Mentioning meeting people… I finally got to meet the famous Robyn Medlin Lindars (whom you may know as GrillGrrrl) and her father Eddie! I also had the chance to meet Jesse and Kevin from Thermoworks.
Needless to say, the rest of the day was spent just taking in the whole atmosphere. I took a lot more photos, and you can find those on my Facebook page. All I have to say is that if you have the chance to go… DO IT!!! As a side note, I will be part of a live taping of Gettin’ Sauced with Draper’s BBQ tomorrow, courtesy of Darryl Mast of BBQ Superstars. Check out the Facebook page for Draper’s BBQ for more details on the show.