Last week I shared some news that was of great interest to a handful of people in the tri-state region, of passing interest to an indeterminate number of college football fans, and of negligible interest to everyone else: That Dinosaur BBQ founder John Stage would be appearing at MetLife Stadium before last Saturday's Penn State-Syracuse tilt for the first stop of SI's Tailgate Tour. Now that the event is in the rearview (tailgate joke), those of you who had great or passing interest might be wondering: How did it go?
It went well. In particular, I defy you to look at the smoked pork butt (:51 mark) and not weep:
For anyone feeling left out, all is not lost: the Tailgate Tour has five more destinations. The next one is this Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana, for Indiana State vs. Purdue. Bad news? John Stage won't be there. Good news? Greg Ehresman, owner of West Lafayette's redundantly-named Triple XXX Family Restaurant, will be taking the BBQ reins—and his are very capable hands. Best news? It's unlikely that someone will try to pass off a vegetarian burger as a legitimate BBQ option. We're cooking for a tailgate here, Blair Thomas, not a wedding reception. Come on, man.