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Inside Texas’s State High School BBQ Championship, from Fire Management to Flirting (www.texasmonthly.com)

Inside Texas’s State High School BBQ Championship, from Fire Management to Flirting

Fifteen-year-old Parker Prewozniak is the youngest student on the Rankin High School barbecue team, and he looks it. Standing at least three inches below his teammates on competition barbecue team Kickin’ Ash, Prewozniak hunches over a rack of pork ribs. He’s trying to remove a layer of thick membrane that prevents the meat from fully absorbing the desired smoky flavor. He holds down the ribs with one blue-gloved hand while pinching a piece of the connective tissue attached to the underside of the ribs with the other, and tries to tear it off with one swift motion. After a few unsuccessful attempts, he grabs a paper towel to help better grip the slippery tissue. 

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