BBQ Life: The dilemma
One of the great things about publishing this blog is that it has given me a lot of exposure in the world of competitive barbeque. One of the bad things about this blog is that it has given me a lot of exposure in the world of competitive barbecue. It has opened many doors and introduced me to many people. When I was walking around Guitarbeque a couple of weeks ago, I was really surprised to see how many people knew who I was.
I've been lucky to meet and spend time with some of the legends of BBQ like Dr. BBQ, Paul Kirk and Chris Lilly. I've met some of the rising stars like Steve Farrin, Adam Perry Lang, Nancee and Greg from Purple Turtle, the guys at Dizzy Pig, the boys at iQue and Rod from Pellet Envy. I've gotten to know some great behind the scenes folks and organizers like the Mullanes. It's been great.
But, it has raised a dilemma for me. I started this blog to document my experiences in the world of barbeque. Now that the names have become faces, personalities and in some cases friends, what do I do when I have a bad experience? Or a bad meal in one of their restaurants? Do I only blog the good?
I've decided that I'm going to report the good, the bad, the ugly and the pretty, and let the chips fall where they may. I won't report rumors, only my experiences. I'll be as truthful as I can be, but I'm not going to pull any punches. I think I owe that to you, my faithful readers.
I've already gotten some flack for my opinion of the Grill Kings 2006, but I stand by my statement. I know how hard it was for the event to be put together and I feel for the organizer, but I think it would be dishonest of me not to blog about the event after I've spent so much time promoting it. I'll give you the full run down tomorrow.