Hi! I'm Jaybird 1103. I was born in Greenwood, MS but have lived all my life in Belzoni, MS, in the Mississippi Delta. Weather wise, our summers (and sometimes early fall) are hot and humid, our winters are cold and sometimes damp, and in the spring and fall the weather can be unpredictable, and allergies (from trees, grass, flowers, and crop dusting pesticides) can run rampant.
BBQ is somewhat big in the Delta (Abe's and The Ranchero in Clarksdale, Ubon's in Yazoo City, Stephen's in Greenwood, and Tabb's in Greenville), however, usually one must either go to the Jackson metro area (Dickey's, Sonny's), the Pine Belt (Leatha's in Hattiesburg), the Gulf Coast (The Shed in Ocean Springs), or on the Mississippi/Tennessee border (Interstate BBQ in Southaven), otherwise, you pretty much have to go into Memphis for good BBQ with the exception of Abe's. My hometown used to have a BBQ place, The Pig Stand, which closed in 2000. They served mostly pulled pork plates and BBQ sandwiches with a tangy Blue Plate brand BBQ sauce as their base. It closed when Earl Kilpatrick, the owner, wound up in poor health, and business suffered after Earl had a heart attack and his wife LaWanna, told him to either close on Sunday or she would leave him (seriously). As I mentioned, the business closed, Mr. and Mrs. Kilpatrick have both since passed away (along with one of their sons) and their other children did not want the restaurant. A Double Quick and McDonald's now occupies the site on the corner of Hwy. 49W and Jackson Street. His brother, Billy Joe Kilpatrick, runs The Varsity Restaurant (not to be confused with the Atlanta, GA drive in) and they also have the same Pig Stand BBQ, although their sauce is thicker. Another BBQ place is Little Wimps,on George Lee Avenue, but it seems they boil their meat before it is smoked and grilled. So, with the exception of Clarksdale, DeSoto County, and Yazoo City, the Delta seems to be more in hot tamales and catfish than BBQ.
I'll probably post which grills and/or smokers I am thinking about getting and post them later. Thank you and Good 'Que.