My Flavor Story began on a farm in North Carolina. I was seven and visiting my grandparents farmhouse. The local volunteer fire department was having their annual fundraiser by selling barbecue and my aunts and uncles brought it to the farm. I vividly recall standing barefooted on the clay farm road and biting into that sandwich because that was the first time I ever thought to myself, “This is the best thing I've eaten in my life!”
Up until then, barbecue to me had been chicken baked in an oven or grilled and slathered with a sweet red bbq sauce. But this slow smoked pork was chopped with a sauce of vinegar, salt, pepper, cayenne and a few other ingredients. This Carolina style barbecue was a new experience and it woke up every taste bud that I had.
It was this memory that ignited my quest to master the art of barbecue. When making my own rubs, I always turn to McCormick for quality ingredients. Other times I'll use one of the rubs from the GrillMates line of BBQ and grilling seasonings. Either way, it's all about the perfect combination of smoke, meat, and seasonings.
Shortly before she passed, my grandmother gave me the recipe for the actual vinegar sauce that the fire department used for their pork. It is one of my most treasured recipes and every time that I make it, I think of that day on the farm.
Chris Grove is the resident pitmaster of the BBQ and grilling blog Nibble Me This. Chris and his wife are Certified Barbecue Judges and enjoy traveling the South East for barbecue competitions, classes, and other barbecue events. His recipes and photographs have been featured on multiple national media outlets.
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