Higley wraps up the first in his series of dispatches with a couple of nice "random thoughts":
My grilling skills -- on the experience thermometer -- fall somewhere between steak tartare and rare. I'm our team's grilling newbie. But that doesn't matter. Because Team Kingsford has Chris Lilly.We've just finished day one of an intensive two day grilling boot camp Chris put together for us to master our category -- ribs. We're being schooled not only in the art and science of competitive grilling, we're also being given an crash course in competing at a world-class level. And right now, my brain is overcooked. Well done. I'm hanging out in my hotel room at the famed Peabody Hotel -- above the sounds from Beale Street below, trying to process what all I learned today.
- Barbecue people are like country music people. The best.
- Memphis knows how to put on a show.