To some true Southerners, BBQ is almost a religion, or a science; and when you find someone who understands the tradition of the technique it's like finding an artist whose paintings you love. Ted Huffman's friend and fellow BBQ afficianado, Joe Harden brought a quote by Jason Sheehan that summed up how we feel. "I believe in the art of generations of pit men working in relative obscurity to keep alive the craft of slow cooking as its been practiced for as long as there has been fire. A BBQ cook must have an intimate understanding of his work: the physics of fire and convection, the hard science of heat and meat and smoke -- and then forget it all to achieve a sort of gut level, Zen instinct for the process." Another good friend says, "there are three things absolutely necessary for any reputable town -a good church, a fun place to gather and a decent purveyor of BBQ - which under the right circumstances can act as all three."
Ted Huffman, Pitmaster