September 3, 2008
Emeril Lagasse, watch out. John Atkins is smoking out his competition.
This award-winning barbecue expert has been whipping up delicious recipes for years.
Atkins says that while nice weather and good friends make for a successful cookout, the true secret is in the rub.
"Seasoning is in the essence of barbecue. It gives you the flavor. It really tells you, Wow this is something good to eat!" said Atkins.
It's not all fun and games. Atkins, and his son Bryant are serious about their smoker on wheels. They take their recipes on the road and compete in barbecuing competitions across the nation. If you want proof of their success, look no further than their impressive collection of trophies and metals.
Their next competition is in early October when the traveling chefs from Central Virginia will take on the big boys at the National Championship in Kansas City.
They are also hoping to represent the state of Virginia at the Jack Daniels Invitational in Lynchburg, TN.
Our hats go off to the chefs.
If you would like to give Atkins' award-winning recipes a try or read his on-line BBQ blog go to his website www.pigsontherun.com.