For most of the world food is more than just something to shove down your mouth to get energy it is the warm embrace that brings generations together, provides connection to our roots and a sense of belonging. We often forget its importance in our fast-paced society – it is truly a tragedy. One of my passions has always been cooking and when I was in high-school I worked as a sous chef at a French-California cuisine restaurant called Creme de la Creme. One night the chef walked out after a fight with the owner and I was given the task to lead the kitchen for the next 6 months. It was one of the worst experiences of my life – preparing, cooking and plating hundreds of dinners a night loses its cool quickly and so did I.
Anyway some of you may be wondering what any of this has to do with technology or security, well, nothing really, except that I travel a lot and I know many of you do as well. I also like meat, especially of the grilled over hot coals or low and slow variety, a taste that many of you share I am sure. I am in search of the world’s best grilled or barbecued meat, from Churrascarias in Brazil to lamb kabobs in the Himalaya’s to Satay in SE Asia to grilled gazelle in Zambia to some of the best sloppin’, smokin’, juiciness America has to offer I am out to taste my way across the world until I can lay back licking my fingers, while my eyes roll back in my head and I experience what can only be described as a spiritual experience.
I need your help, your guidance to lead me to the promised land of smokin’ meat Nirvana, so break out the memories of a smoky shack in a small Memphis town or a road-side diner serving up a plate of heaven. Tell me where I can find the best barbecue in your area or places you have been and I will collect em’ all and we can all share in the joy of a better tomorrow, minus the two-handed blazing guns (John Woo reference for those that didn’t catch it)
Bo’s Barbecue (here) located in Lafayette, CA (yeah that’s right Lafayette – stop laughing). The Owner, Bo McSwine (seriously stop laughing), provides some truly tasty brisket, ribs, and links and he recently expanded the joint to include some smoking live blues and one of the largest micro-brew collections this side of the Mason-Dixon. So for his meticulous attention to his roots, the finger-licking sauce, hot atmosphere and just being one hell of a guy Bo’s Barbecue is my first submission for those looking for barbecue here in the San Francisco Bay Area, there will be more to come as I collect up my thoughts, in the mean time let me know yours and provide the name, location and a brief summary on what you like.