Friday, May 14, 2010

More Memphis in May Pictures

More pictures from the Superbowl! I'll take this Superbowl over that football one any day. The first photo to the right is by artists Susan and Roberto Vazquez. Each year they do a new piggy head that fits the Memphis in May country theme.

This year the chosen country is Tunisia. Susan said they chose to mosaic her face, to honor the mosaic tradition in Tunisia. Here are a few more shots of the Vazquez's and their handiwork.

It's all about Elvis here in Memphis.

Well, not all. I was here to help spread the word about Char-Broil's infrared grills at the World Championship of Barbecue.

And to compete a little myself. I must admit, I didn't win my two Pork Smackdowns. Mike "The Pirate" Hedrick, and Larry "MOINK Ball" Gaian each took one, but on the second smackdown, I loved my pork. It was just how I wanted it.

 That's really all that matters. Cooking, even when it is for thousands of people, is personal. More than any other cooking community, I think barbecue folks are the most personal, friendly, and, well, communal. It's one of the most active groups of people on the web in all its forms.

Here are a few friends I met face to face (though we've "talked" plenty on twitter and facebook).

Heath Hall of Pork Barrel BBQ.

From the Big Apple, Smoke In Da Eye's Clint Cantwell.

Kurt Koegler of Stubb's BBQ


And finally, Miss Memphis (she's the one with the crown). OMG, right? It's like we are twins!



  1. Actually, you look better than Ms. Memphis. Looks like you are having a great time there though! Enjoy it!

  2. I think I'd rather not have a likeness of me that resembles a pig! Looks like everyone had a good time--wish I could've been there.

  3. Julie - your pork turn-ins rocked! lookin' forward to posting some recipes - thanks for being so much fun and giving so many good ideas to folks!