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The News & Observer: BBQ Champ Chris Prieto writes Cookbook

by Alan Houser

WENDELL — Barbecue champion Christopher Prieto says he learned his craft by competing against the nation’s finest pit masters.

Traveling the competitive barbecue circuit led Prieto, 31, who owns Wendell catering company Prime Barbecue, to appear on Destination America’s series, “BBQ Pitmasters.” That led to his writing a cookbook for Southern Living.

“Ultimate Book of Barbecue,” which came out this spring, is a 360-plus page grilling and smoking cookbook filled with glossy – and realistically messy – pages. Prieto, whose day job is as a clinical trials manager for a pharmaceutical company, wanted it to reflect his favorite cookbooks, ones marked with wrinkly rings from a glass of water, smudged with sauce-covered fingerprints and a smoky aroma...

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