Last week end I went to Tryon, NC with Cottage Living and the North Carolina Department of Tourism to the 15th Annual Blue Ridge BBQ Festival. I took my entourage, Mary Kirk and Jesse (she”s in the pic with me in yellow) for assistance and support. Loren from Cottage Living was there along with Sarita, Tammy and Katie. We ate lots of BBQ, peach cobbler, fried dill pickles and chocolate covered strawberries on a stick. I was one of the judges at the “ anything but contest”, which was anything barbecued except pork… my favorite was the bbq salmon. I also did several cooking demos, one a recipe for BBQ beans that won the contest, sponsored by mobile casino Cottage Living and NC Tourism.We all loved the recipe. Here I am with the winner Rachel Wright (she”s next to me in B&w pic).