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Food lovers gather for East West Barbecue Fest

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GREENSBORO—There will be plenty of mouth-watering barbecue at Festival Park in downtown Greensboro through Sunday. Barbecue is king in North Carolina and the East West BBQ Fest has drawn some top pitmasters, all with their own take on one of the country's favorite cuisines.

"We've got six of the best barbecue purveyors from around the country,” said festival partner Andrew Shoffner. “Texas, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee and North Carolina."

They're serving up their best.

"Today, on Bodacious the Hog Caller we have beef brisket, beef ribs, barbecue and pork ribs, as well," said Brian Young of Honey Bee's.

"We cook a St. Louis rib,” said Kevin Gift of Pigfoot Barbecue. “It's all in how you smoke it. Just low and slow. That's what we say."

Gift said you can't be in a rush. It takes time to cook good "Q."

"We got stuff coming out here in a little bit that's been in there since last night, so we're about 16, 17 hours and then the ribs are smoked for about 12 hours," said Gift.

Young said his secret was simple.

"The secret is patience, love and just patience and love," he said.

The rewards are endless.

"I like to see the face of my customers, smiles and just excitement when they take a bite,” said Young. “It just brings joy to me."

Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for college students with a valid student ID and children get in free.

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