by Jim Ridley
If you want to beat the big boys for big bucks in the brisket-basting boxing ring of BBQ battle, we could hip you to a few surefire methods from the Dirty Tricks playbook: pee in your opponent’s smoker, replace his rub with Pine-Sol, switch out the pork he’s been tending for 16 hours with take-out from Whitt’s. Or you could just learn the secrets of world-class ‘cue from a genuine pit bull: Mike Davis of the championship Lotta Bull BBQ team, who captured gold-record honors at this year’s CMA Music Festival BBQ cook-off. Davis will conduct a smoke-saturated seminar as part of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel’s BBQ Summer Series featuring visiting pitmasters: the basic package starts at $249 and includes room accommodations, the class, and best of all, samples of championship-caliber ‘cue. Call 1-866-972-6779 for reservations or more info.