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Christopher Prieto – Barbecue Pit Master, Warrior

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Christopher Prieto – Barbecue Pit Master, Warrior
June 25
07:38 2017

(Eating Trends) – While interviewing Chris Prieto I realized that he not only had perfected his concept of Barbecue but has also learned some valuable lessons usually reserved for older and highly successful people who have accumulated wealth from their own blood, sweat and tears. Chris is a multi-award winning BBQ Pitmaster and household name in the BBQ and culinary community in North Carolina who has certainly earned every accolade that he has received.

The building blocks of Chris’ life started as a child in a military family. He has grown up with great respect for the country, it’s men and women who serve it and also American Barbecue. The years of touring and competition in multiple BBQ contests around the country, for unsubstantial monetary gains, has forged his BBQ cuisine and his strength of character. And his BBQ is simply amazing. I’ve eaten BBQ all over the country and Chris is a true master of his craft.

Christopher is presently in the planning phase of his new restaurant which he hopes to open by the end of this year. Listening to his plans for this facility was interest grabbing. The concept is to not just feed people but to have as much of the kitchen open to the restaurant guests as possible so that they can share in the entire BBQ process from start to finish. Chris has not only a passion to share his BBQ but also to teach his BBQ skills and techniques to others. He also has future plans for multiple restaurants ranging from Tex-Mex, inspired by his time living in Texas, as well as a steak house.

Christopher’s website Prime Barbecue offers catering and most important BBQ classes scheduled throughout the year. (I plan to attend one of these classes which I’m greatly looking forward to and will be the subject of a future article). His website also sets out Chris’ history and has a cookbook available for purchase. Chris is also very involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, a well known charity that assists our young men and women who have been wounded in combat while serving their country.

Chris holds BBQ seminars for military personnel suffering from PTSD. He told me his program has a good deal of success with mitigating some of the negative effects that PTSD causes. I hope to be able to visit one of these sessions in the coming year. In this era of governmental agencies that are performing in a less than stellar fashion (i.e. the US Veterans Administration) it his heartening to see private sector individuals such as Chris picking up some the slack in attempting to assist the men and women who serve the USA in uniform adjust to post-military life with PTSD.

At the start of this piece I mentioned Christopher’s lesson learning at an early age. Being only 33 he has already accomplished much both in business and in the community. A couple of those lessons being respect for our country, our military and our way of life. This respect has in turn fostered and nurtured a desire to return to the community some of the blessings he has been able to realize through his hard work, creativity and entrepreneurial success.

Another lesson that I heard from Chris in the interview is that all important one for all well rounded successful people. Chris has figured out that the accumulation of money for money’s sake is not the proper path. The accumulation of wealth is to be used as a tool to take care of your family, provide a service and instruction to your fellow man and assist those who are attempting find their path in life after experiences that have created altered states of mind (i.e. Wounded Warriors). Because of Chris’s personal philosophy and his amazing craftsmanship in the fine art of Barbecue, I am sure his hard work will be well rewarded throughout his career. It was an honor and a privilege spending time with him.

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Images: Chris Prieto / Prime BBQ

Greg Dupree Photography

Video : Destination America / BBQ Pitmasters

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