Here's what I can tell you about the guy:
- He knows more than a thing or two about making great-tasting BBQ.
- Even though he has never been on a team, he is very eager to learn the ropes of competition BBQ.
- He is a food safety expert who will ensure that all team members keep foodborne pathogens at bay.
- He owns the amazingly kick-ass 22.5" the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.
- He has a rollicking sense of humor that will lighten the mood during hectic competition weekends.
Whenever I mingle among the denizens of Wal-Mart, I like to amuse myself by playing a little game where I try to see who's got the strangest combination of items in their cart. Not that any sane person would do this, but it is entirely possible to purchase an eclectic mishmash of stuff when one shops at Wal-Mart, such as a jar of gherkins, a collection of bow hunting gear, and a hemorrhoid cushion.
I was once behind a guy in line who was checking out with nothing more than three bottles of imitation maple syrup and a trailer hitch. That was the weirdest thing I ever saw, and quite frankly I don't want to know what kind of depraved activity he was planning for inside his double-wide later that evening.
Even if Luke had failed to impress me with the qualities enumerated at the top of this post, he surely would have made the team based solely on the fact that he once filled his shopping cart at Wal-Mart with only two essential items: a new toilet seat and a 16-lb. packer's cut brisket. Now that's called having your priorities straight, people.
And it's not only that Luke purchased a toilet seat and a brisket together that makes him right for our team, but also that he had the presence of mind to snap a photo of the odd pairing.
Thanks for your willingness to join the team, Luke. We're gonna produce some killer 'que and have some good times, dude.