On my way to the National Barbecue Association’s 18th Annual Conference & Trade Show in Austin, Texas.

Well you just never know who you will meet and talk BBQ with. As I was sitting at Pearson Airport waiting for my flight, I looked up to see Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies fame. I had met him previously in Orillia. I had a great conversation with him all about BBQ. He owns a couple of big green eggs and a large napoleon grill. We talked about Rubs and searing methods. He needs to learn the reverse sear. He was also interested in buying a new pit so we talked about Traegers. He is thoroughly knowledgeable about Q. He also has a real fondness for Mike Mills Magic Dust recipe and has worn out his copy of Peace Love and BBQ. You just never know.


Ok, so I am here in Texas. Hot and humid would be an understatement. I certainly appreciate not seeing snow ! As I was waiting for the luggage carousel Amy Mills walked by and it was great to see this lady again. Even better she offered to drive me to the Hotel. Lets just say it was a really funny drive from the airport. Good to see a BBQ friend and catch up a bit.

I am always in awe of just how nice BBQ folks can be typically. It is nice to see new friendships developing and seeing old friends again.

On a side note beer is really cheap here. And congrats to Perdue last night that was an awesome game to watch (for me getting to watch an entire bball game is a rarity and I enjoyed this thoroughly)

Just finished registration at the conference and I have the Meet the Masters class beginning in ½ hr. I am looking forward to really learning as much as I can. This whole trip is about educating myself as much as possible on BBQ in Texas and from other perspectives such as branding and e-business.