I finally got the chance to meet up with Neil Strawder from Bigmista’s Barbecue Catering and try his BBQ. I have been friends with him for a while now(via twitter, facebook, and emails) but having moved up to Ventura it was difficult to coordinate.
I got to the farmer’s market early so I could have a chance to talk with Neil and meet his crew (today it was Blondie his other bbq partner in crime and ‘rib whisperer).
Prior to sitting down together he plated me up what he called ‘the big ass meat plate’ (brisket, pulled pork, ribs, red hots, and turkey). There was also some Pig Candy which I’ll get into later. From the first few minutes it was apparent that Neil took BBQ very seriously and was excited about competing this year around California and at some events outside of the state. He seemed really happy with his profession and we joked about BBQ excursions he had been on as well as BBQ people that we both knew (I did less talking as I was stuffing myself with great BBQ).