I grew up mainly Methodist in a mostly Baptist world. I was raised in a neighborhood filled with Protestants. In my little notch of the Bible Belt, there were a few Jewish families scattered about, but the Hillendale section of Hattiesburg was as WASPy as any neighborhood could be. Nevertheless, I had more friends that […]

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Jonathan and Julie Seawright put out samples of the BBQ teams' meat as they volunteer Saturday afternoon during the Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel at Fairpark.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – The sweet smell of hot pork filled the air in Tupelo’s Fairpark Saturday as spectators walked from tent to tent with barbecue on their minds – and the corners of their mouths. The Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel just keeps getting better according to participants, attendees and organizers. […]

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Keith Maness with the Hotty Totty BBQ Crew of Marietta puts a dry rub on racks of ribs Friday afternoon to prepare for a dinner for the team's sponsors later in the evening.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – If you gave up pork for Lent, steer clear of Fairpark. Competitors of the Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel began arriving on Thursday to set up their rigs and fire up their grills, were in full swing Friday and continue today. Smokers and RVs of all shapes and […]

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Rodney Shelley installs a temporary water line at Fairpark for this weekend's Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – It’ll be hard to miss the smell of barbecue in downtown Tupelo this weekend. The fourth annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel will be in Fairpark today and Saturday, and it’s free and open to the public. Nearly 100 teams will compete in the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned […]

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Barbecue teams line the parking lot behind City Hall during the 2013 Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel in downtown Tupelo.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – The Link Centre’s fourth annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel heats up this weekend at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo. The Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition and festival on Friday and Saturday is free and open to the public. Ninety-eight professional teams have signed up to compete for more […]

Last Wednesday, I received a call from Jeannie Butts of Thaxton, who was the featured Cook of the Week that day. Jeannie was concerned I had implied that in Nebraska, the only thing people eat is potatoes, gravy and meat – and very few vegetables. What Jeannie meant was that her husband would eat only […]

I once had an aunt and uncle who lived in France for several years. They eventually returned to the States but kept an apartment in Paris and a country cottage in Normandy. The two were devout Francophiles. As far as they were concerned, all that was beautiful in life began – and ended – at […]

The Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers will be making two appearances in Northeast Mississippi next week. The Mystics are six women as alike as they are diverse, who meet monthly to share food, friendship and fiction writing. They recently published a book – part recipes, part short stories, part poetry, part artwork – […]

“It’s all about how you finish.” That’s the “coach speak” you’ll hear at almost any post-game press conference. It’s also the advice a friend gave me when I first started delivering keynote and after-dinner speeches. In the foodservice world how one finishes is the top slice of the how-to-make-a-good-impression sandwich. The initial greeting is the […]