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50+174 Cheerwine will be a constant reminder of Southern Expedition 2011

A day does not go by that I do not reflect for at least a moment on my Southern Expedition that I took in January 2011.

I had so many great moments during that trip that not only got me away from the cold and the snow of Canadian Winter but it was such a break from issues in life that I needed to get away from for a short time.

I was so fortunate to meet many fine people that I had talked with online in the world of BBQ and was blown away by the Southern hospitality that was awarded me by the friendly folks in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

It all started in Salisbury North Carolina when I met with Blog Writer Cyndi Allison taking possession of the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse that I was lucky to win in her online draw back in October. Not only did I get the smoker but we also exchanged some gifts that were from our local areas. One of the gifts I received was a case of Cheerwine which is a local favorite soda drink in North Carolina.

It has a wonderful Wild Cherry flavour and is made with Pure Cane Sugar rather than using corn syrup as most soft drinks do. Mind you that is only in the 12 oz. glass bottle size and only available from the distribution center in Salisbury.  You can read an in depth story I wrote on this soft drink on my BBQ blog here.

My point being that looking back the case of Cheerwine had a deeper meaning to me  since its name is derived from the word Cheer which is a pleasure that it represents and though not having alcohol content it uses wine in its name to show off the clear burgundy colour.

So it is like raising a glass with friends, When I got home I cut the side off of the Cheerwine case and brought it to Costco and had it put in a nice glassed frame which is now proudly hanging on the wall in my office, as a constant reminder of good times and good people.

The next day I had a great lunch at Lexington #1 Barbecue with other BBQ friends Wayne Brown, John Shepard and his son by the same name along with Cyndi and her son Eli.

I also had the pleasure of spending an evening with Michael and Stephanie Baxter in Fitzgerald Georgia.

And in Florida  I met members of two special BBQ teams that competed in the Lakeland Florida Pigfest.

First off there was Doug and his wife Biggi Francis along with their 2 kids and Sue from Hogs Gone Wild BBQ.

Doug, Sue, Melissa, Biggi and TJ

and Chad Ward along with the rest of the Whiskey Bent BBQ Team

And on my way out of Florida I stopped in Jacksonville to spend a few hours with no other than Hank Bob or as he is known when not in character Aaron Smith.

Another couple of great guys to meet were the owners of Southern Soul BBQ Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp.

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I am a bit reflective today mainly because I hung up my Cheerwine frame and again it reminded me of the great time I had. and I will raise a bottle to all of my southern friends and I hope that we get the chance to meet again on a future trip, but in the meantime will continue to talk with most of them online….. CHEERS!

50+124 So Glad to Meat y’all

During my trip to Florida I had the chance to meet some great BBQ peeps that I have had the pleasure to chat with over the past year or so.

My first stop on the way in to the fun in the sun was Salisbury North Carolina where I was so happy to meet a lady (and her fam) that has inspired me to become the BBQ writer that I am becoming. Cyndi Allison is a teacher that uses her BBQ and Cooking blogs more as a hobby rather than a full time gig but she is excellent at her craft.

Cyndi Allison & son Eli on Left, Eli's dad and myself on other side at Winks BBQ

Cyndi has two sons Caleb (who was away at school) and Eli pictured sharing a meal with us that is a local hero that savea young man from drowning at the Bull Hole a year and a half ago, Eli received many awards for his bravery, but beside that he is a great kid that never fails to make his momma proud.

This is the famous Bull run where Cyndi's son Eli saved a young boys life!

Here is Eli at the Bull Hole but the water is very low now compared to that day a year and a half ago.

Eli’s Dad Jimmy was kind enough to drive them and the smoker I won through Cyndi’s blog Barbecue Master to my room at the Days Inn (Salisbury NC) and then drive us around town for a tour of the great town and point out some places of interest including eateries and historic buildings.

The next day Cindy, Eli and myself met up with John Sherwood aka Sir PorkaLot on twitter along with Wayne Brown that uses the name BrownKW on twitter.

We met at what may well just be one of the most popular BBQ joints in the country Lexington #1 in North Carolina.

John Sherwood aka SirPorkaLot with his son

Wayne Brown and his Peach Cobler

The six of us enjoying 3 hours of good times at Lexington BBQ

We all had such a laghing good time, with lots of blog material for all.

A couple of days later I traveled to Fitzgerald Gerogia to spend an evening with Micheal and Steph Baxter of the Pemium Smoking Wood company Baxter’s Original and soon to be Competition BBQ team.

Michael and Stephanie Baxter of Baxter's Original, helping me drink the Carolina Blonde's that Cyndi passed my way.

Michael Baxter and I with the smoker built on a 1950 Ford Pick-up

Michael points out his buddy Glen that is the master welder that put together the 1950 smoker above

The Baxters were very kind to put me up for the night and we had a great time during my visit before I carried on to see my Parents in Fort Myers Florida. I have to say that I have not had so much fun as I had with these other BBQ folks. They made me laugh but I also repect them all for the people that they are, each having special qualities.

I have to say that the person that coined the phrase “Southern Hospitality” came up with something that describes all of these people to a tee!

I never felt so at home though before this day I never had met any of them in person before.

As any of my other friends that have in interst in BBQ already know the members of the BBQ community are an amazing group that will go to the wall for you, and I for them too.