As a father of twins, Ty my son and Taya my daughter and a husband to my wife Michelle family was always a priority. I was working on oilfield as a field sales guy and the oilfield was booming. The opportunity to expand my sales opportunities came at a price and that was my competition BBQ life.
At the same time in order to grow business I was asked to help run a-few BBQ competitions each year run by an oilfield organization which raised money for scholarships for kids. While doing this I was neglecting my own company from being represented at these events, so I tried to find a cook who had the free time to do them and also had the ability to cook well. After not much luck I turned to my son Ty who at the time just had turned 12. Not expecting much but happy to have him with me I turned over my recipe books and Yoder YS640 pellet smoker and wished him luck.
The first cook he had he did exceptionally well, earned his first of many checks at that event That day he proved to me he had the passion to cook also that he got the competition bug. I had not given him the benefit of the doubt, I didn’t think he had really paid attention to me over the years but he pulled it off.
I still wonder today if it wasn’t just in the cards for me to pay all the dues and have all the trials and tribulations just to be able to short cut my son into a BBQ career. I’d like to think that was the case and higher powers were at work. He is still young , we have many years ahead of us and we have so many places we have yet to go. I’ve always believed if it were meant to be it would happen.
As we fast forward a bit that was the beginning for my son and what I thought was the end of my BBQ career. I’m now the Sales and Marketing Director for B&B Charcoal and may have finally landed that ever so elusive dream job for a BBQ guy. But that’s a whole other story.