In the whirlwind of weddings, conventions and campaigns that followed June's DC Barbecue Battle, I've neglected my blog and ignored my reader(s).*
In my real life (the one in which I'm forced to remain shirted during the day) I work in Democratic politics and I'm a hopeless political junkie. I've managed to keep this space free of politically-oriented rants and I will continue to do so as we move forward.
That being said, I've really enjoyed the post-election euphoria that has marked these past weeks and I'm thrilled to get back to obsessing about wood-to-coal ratios or the latest wireless thermometers instead of the demographic trends in Loudon County, Virginia or the winner of the single electoral vote awarded in Nebraska's Second Congressional District.
As we begin to practice for next summer's competitions, Shirtless Mike's BBQ will bring new bbq-themed content and a host of new recipes, new competition live-blogs, great new photos and (maybe) some video.
For now, I'll leave you with this extraordinary set of pictures from a barbecue owner who clearly hasn't used his grill in a while...
* I'm reasonably certain that only my mother still reads this thing. This is something that I hope to remedy as I post more frequently throughout the Holiday season and into the spring. But until then, "Hi Mom."