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May 7, 2014 9:31 AM

Where there’s smoke ...A behind-the-scenes look at cooking on a professional BBQ competition team

I got an offer I couldn’t refuse a couple of weeks ago ... a gentleman named Garland Hudgins emailed me on some past columns I had written on becoming a barbeque judge and the opening of barbeque competition season in South Carolina. Garland and his wife, Rebecca, make up the Big GQ BBQ competition team (actually it’s Big GQ and ’Becca Too, but that doesn’t fit on the banner) and asked me to join them Friday and Saturday for the Pickin’ & Piggin’ Barbeque Cook-off at Saluda Shoals. As part of a professional barbeque team, I could see what actually happens over the course of a cook-off. Naturally, I accepted.

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