Since he had a book signing in Paramus, NJ at noon today, I managed to scoot on down between appointments and get him to sign his latest book, Raichlen on Ribs, Ribs, Outrageous Ribs!
What an honor, and what a nice guy he is. if you've watched any BBQ U shows, you've seen how personable he is, in his unassuming way. And that's not an act for the television; he's warm and engaging and interested in what other barbecuers are up to. He may be a master at his craft, but as all true masters know, he understands he can still learn from anyone. He was genuinely glad to meet me and learn what my next barbecue project was. (That's a separate entry, since I got plans, yes indeedy!)
I also met BBQ Bob, and we all got our picture took together. Bob will be posting them in short order, I'm sure. Since Bob and I don't live too far from each other, it looks as if we'll be the conjoined twins of the Tri-State barbecue events. I'd sure love to get together with him and whip up some tasty vittles.
Anyway, thanks, Steve, for being so gracious and for providing such inspiration and information.