I think it only fitting for the first day of “National Barbecue Month” (known to many people as “May”) to I announce that I’m joining the board of the American Royal’s Barbecue Hall of Fame (“ARBBQHoF”). As you may know, I’ve been critical of the ARBBQHoF in the past, due to the lack of diversity amongst its inductees. Last year, I wrote an op-ed about it that was published in the Kansas City Star.
To the board’s credit, rather than banishing me to barbecue Purgatory, they asked me to join the board, be a part of the nominating process, and help them do better. I’m happy to be on the inside working for change, and I’m rolling up my sleeves to creative a more inclusive celebration of the very best in the past and present world of barbecue.
Yours in smoke and sauce,