Ambassador Eric Stuart
When did you first get into BBQ?
"Well, growing up we always grilled out on the weekends and I guess it started from there. I really started getting into using the smokers back in late 2016 and early 2017."
What drew you to it?
"The awesome foods and being able to play with all the different flavor profiles. I personally enjoy the sweet rubs with a spicy sauce, so sweet heat."
When you are getting ready to BBQ, what are your must-haves?
"Oh man, my must haves? That would have to be a good pair of tongs, Whiskey Bent BBQ rubs, my DemerBox for the tunes, and I’m pretty much set."
Where is your hometown? And how does it influence your passion for BBQ?
"I live in Jasper, Georgia, it’s about sixty-five miles north of Atlanta. It’s a small town, maybe 5,000 people, lying in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There’s not really a whole lot going on or much to do without traveling, so it gives me time to continue to practice and try to perfect my recipes."
What is one thing you've learned about BBQ that surprised you?
"How big the BBQ community is; it’s mind-blowing how many people have an interest in it."
Do you have any advice for folks who are interested in BBQ?
"Don’t rush it—take your time and trust the process. Good BBQ comes from bad BBQ."