MEGA Dittos BronxBBQ. I was in a CBJ class a few weeks ago. There were 3 young (20-something) guys in the class that had driven over an hour (one way) on a weeknight to take the class. In talking with them, they were inspired from watching Pitmasters. I have talked a community organization in my home town into sponsoring a sanctioned comp this year. This got off the ground because several in the organization had started watching the show.
The show is bringing new blood into the world of BBQ. Look at the appearances by Myron on late nite TV talk shows. I agree with the overhyped "reality" drama, but just how many people outside our current small circle would have bothered to watch an hour long recipe & techniques show each week? In spite of the reality TV angle, I still picked up some solid info along the way. Yes, Myron acted like a tool, but that was his role in the show. Since he has become the guy so many love to hate, I think he deserves an Emmy for his performance on Pitmasters.
Bringing competitive BBQ into the mainstream may scare some, but I see it as being nothing but positive. Hopefully all the major pitmakers & other BBQ equipment companies are getting a boost in this tough economy from the show. That can do nothing but benefit all of us whether we play on the major circuits, run restaurants or catering businesses, or just cook on the patio for family & friends. I for one, hope there is a season 2, then 3, then etc.