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Congratulations to Bubba Mac, whose Giddy Swamp, South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce, won the contest for Your Best Barbecue


1. Describe your eating and cooking philosophy. What has inspired you?
I grew up in the South, in a home that was ordered by the three meals of the day. Breakfast at 7:00, dinner at noon, and supper at 5:00. There were no processed foods served, and there was fresh bread at every meal. Gravy was a staple, too, and of course fresh vegetables -- I remember my mother throwing out corn from a neighbor because it had been picked the day before. I eventually moved to New York City to stage and enroll in cooking school; there, I worked with a lot of inspiring people: Julia Child, Paula Wolfert, and many others.

My chef at cooking school taught me a lot about food, but more importantly, he taught me the basic fundamentals and techniques of cooking.  With that foundation of skills and techniques, I have been able to grow, learn and enjoy food for years.

I have to laugh when I hear people talk about "farm to table" and eating local; where I grew up, we all ate farm to table. Almost everyone had a garden and hunted and fished, and if we didn't ourselves, we knew someone who had cows, pigs, or chickens. All of this meant that there was always plenty of food to share. 

2. What is your least favorite kitchen task?
Taking out the compost.  

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool?
I have two. My 25-year-old carbon steel Sabatier knife I bought in France and my steel omelette pan.

4. What is your favorite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is soup. Matzo ball, split pea, lentil, vegetable beef, avgolemono, potato leek, vichyssoise, gazpacho...whatever the season, whatever the weather, soup seems to work.


Tags: winner's Q&A, contest, barbecue, Bubba Mac, mustard, South Carolina

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over 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Loved the southern vibe from the beginning, congrats on the win!


over 2 years ago dymnyno

Congratulations on the win! It reminds me of my friend from Avery Island who always makes a mustard based BBQ sauce that I love. It is particularly poignant because we are about to loose him to cancer.


over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Nice to meet you too. Many congratulations on a vibrant sauce, and wonderful history


over 2 years ago VictoriaBFoodie

just a southern boy at heart... we're so proud of you!


over 2 years ago Thomas L. Jackson

Congratulations! I'm actually going to use this bbq in a pulled chicken I'm going to make.


over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! My dad always had a large garden when I was a kid so in the summer we had garden fresh produce, and my parents canned and froze excess for the winter -- corn, peas, green beans, pickles, tomato soup, etc... I feel lucky!!


over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Many congrats on your win! My entire family for generations is from Alabama. My great-grandparents all had farms they worked hard at, and had large families to help. My grandmother had an amazing garden that fed the family, although she moved to the city with her new husband. Farm to table is something that would have made them all smile too - I totally get that comment of yours. For them it was just survival. I'm definitely trying your BBQ sauce this summer. It really looks wonderful.


over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the win, have to make this sauce!


over 2 years ago darksideofthespoon

Congratulations! Awesome recipe, my whole family adored it.