Politics, Success, and Barbecue
by Todd Rushing, Pitmaster for No Rush Q
There is no doubt that politics are in the forefront of the American media. It is a big time for decision making as we choose our nation’s next leader. One of the great things about our country is this ability to have our voice heard through our vote. Within that spectrum is also the ability to have varying degrees of interest of involvement either passive or aggressive and many levels in-between.
If you are reading this, you have a passion for competitive BBQ. Whether you compete just a few times a year or are highly invested and on the road over 20 times a season, we each rely on organizations and rule making bodies to set the boundaries for our “play”. As humans we crave structure. It lets us know what to expect, when to expect it, and defines success.
Success can be defined several different ways by many in our sport. For some it’s about a great weekend with friends/family and marked improvement in scoring. For others its top 5’s or calls for GC or RGC. Neither is wrong and is truly defined in the eye of the beholder. The success and health of our sport relies on all of us. Elected leaders who give time and energy back to competitive BBQ through organizations like MABA and KCBS are vital to that success.
With a current call for nominations for KCBS and the election beginning on January 2 we should all get involved. It is the time for our voice to be heard. The elected officials should represent what you feel is best for the organization. Officials within each organization that represent BBQ like KCBS and MABA are accessible. They want to hear your thoughts. The reason they are in these positions is to better the sport. Whatever your style, passive or aggressive, you can make a difference and continue the success of this great world of competitive BBQ.