Nick goes Royal

Last week I got the opportunity of a lifetime. My good friend Robyn, A.K.A. GrillGirl was able to get me out to Kansas City to cook with The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint from Ocean Springs Mississippi, in The American Royal World Series of BBQ. I braved traffic to the Atlanta Airport and took a quick 2 hour flight, to make my way Kansas City, KS for the first time. I took a quick Uber to the hotel and was soon headed to the Kansas Motor Speedway to compete against 535 BBQ teams from around the world. I made sure to take this amazing experience and opportunity to learn form the best of the best in BBQ. One meat I have never worked with until now is a whole hog. When we put that 175 pound beast on the table, I gloved up and started getting my hands dirty. Watching The Shed Team work together was like watching a well oiled machine. There were multiple parties and events going on including the Pigapalooza, in which we even entered our incredible Hog on a Hog, and a benefit for Operation BBQ Relief which was being deployed to help the victims of Hurricane Ian. We also had another whole hog at the Prairie Fresh VIP party. To say we were all over the place is an understatement. We made sure to have fun while preparing all of the meats, sides, and desserts which were cooked and delivered on time. The Shed entered 9 categories in the open and finished 8th in the World in pork. Being able to get a call and walk in an event like this was something that I won’t soon forget. I was able to catch up with some of my old barbecue friends and make new friends along the way. This was an experience that I will never forget and I can not wait until the next event. I want to thanks Brooke, Brad, Robyn, Rob, Amy, Mike, Big Mike, Matt, Russ, Scott, Fred, Perry, Buggy, Fritz from Team Shed and anyone that I may have missed for making me feel so welcome. Below are some pictures that I was able to get when I had some down time. I enjoyed meeting everyone and can’t wait to run into you guys again. After a very long week and a quick flight back to Atlanta, I finally drove home and spent the week catching up on some much needed sleep.

To sit back and think where I was when I started my barbecue journey and see where I am now after just a year and a half is extremely exciting. I would have never thought that I would be going to the places that I have been and hanging out with some of the biggest names in the barbecue world. I couldn’t do it without the love and support of my wife and kids. Tracy pushes me to get out of my comfort zone and encourages me to “do it all” when it comes to my love of barbecue. So thank you Tracy, Dylan and Austin for letting me be away from time to time. Now it is on to the next BBQ adventure…

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