#011 Smoke, Char and a Dry Rub with The Baroness of BBQ, Mercy Baron
May 23, 2017
Today’s guest is the passionate host of a podcast with a forking great name –All Forked Up. She is the Baroness of Barbeque, Mercy Baron, a Certified Barbecue Judge, by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Listen in to find out more about this multi-talented powerhouse connector in the Food and Beverage Industry.
Mercy was born in New York, moved to LA a short while later and then moved to The Valley. Being the child of hippy parents, she excelled in the arts, with dance in particular. She was in toe shoes by the age of six, but hung up her dancing shoes and moved on after puberty, to follow in her dad’s rock star footsteps and become a drummer. She had a classic Hollywood upbringing- creative with lots of freedom. She paused her successful days of drumming to get married and have a baby after high school and then she returned to school and got a BA in Anthropology. Along the way, she also dabbled in modeling, acting, travel blogging and then moved on to the Food and Beverage Industry in 2008. Listen in and find out how mastering high levels of talent with both sides of her brain has influenced Mercy’s present-day endeavors.
Today, Mercy Baron and Debi discuss:
How she decided to take the Barbecue Judge Certification in 2012.
What it looks like, to be a judge at a Barbecue Competition.
The different categories that are judged.
Why the judges really need to pace themselves.
What she’s learned to appreciate, as a judge.
The different styles of barbecue.
The vast number of really amazing barbecue restaurants in San Diego.
I love the world of food and beverage, everything about it, it’s soo damn sexy! Every time we eat and drink it ignites us sensually…the look, texture, taste, smell, sound all in a unique combination, encapsulating a moment in time. The act of sharing a meal with friends, chatting, eating, and drinking together is so forking perfect. It is a feeling that echoes a sense that All Is Good! Very, Very good!