TSgt Jarrid L. McIntyre
Howdy y’all, my name is TSgt Jarrid L. McIntyre and I am a proud member of the US Air Force. I am currently stationed at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas but have moved all over the world during my time in the military, and have just absolutely loved seeing everyone’s love for BBQ. I originally hail from the corn fields of South East Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi river in the great town of Cape Girardeau. Growing up I have so many memories of the family getting together for great BBQ’s. When I think of BBQ it makes me think of family, friends, and communities coming together for what is sure to be good food, good laughs, and good times. Now that I am older I have carried that spirit of bringing people together with BBQ everywhere I go by cooking for my troops, my family, and also cooking for my community. My neighbors and I get together every Friday, and we always have the best time and leave each other’s homes stuffed with some of the most delicious BBQ you’ve ever eaten. I have been in the Air Force for 12 years, and it has flown by quicker than I could have ever imagined. Food and cooking have been a part of my life, long before joining the military. As a child, I remember my momma always saying to me, “If you don’t like the food I’m fixing then you’re going to have to fix your own”. So I started to do just that. Now I wasn’t the best cook or griller at the time and I made a lot of charred jerky, but I loved the creativity and the thrill of grilling, and I kept at it till everyone in my house was begging me to grill dinner!! My life has always been about togetherness, friendship and laughter! Whether it was grilling burgers and hot dogs in 100 degree weather in Tucson, Arizonia or late night BBQ’s after work, while stationed in Incerlik Air Base, Turkey; there has always been food to share with friends and family. Everyone around me knows there is always an open seat at my dinner table and I’m proud to say they have taken advantage of that knowledge. Good food, and good people have always been the source of good times and memories throughout my life.
Good food is always a tool that is sure to bring people together. Even to this day when my neighbors smell the smoker turn on, they normally always pop in for a glass of sweet tea, and a plate, and I just love that. It’s been funny because everywhere I have lived my neighbors always love getting in the kitchen with me; preparing food, teaching each other new tricks, and most importantly just enjoying each other’s company. The thing that I have learned most through BBQing, and cooking in general is it’s a tool, a tool that can be used to make some of the best memories you’ll have from the sights, to the smells, the laughs, the triumphs, and the failures, it’s always a good time when you’re around the people who bring you joy.