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IT IS ALL ABOUT FUN

TRYING FOR A REPEAT?

He is still relatively young and hopes to
continue cooking until it's no fun.
"That's just the attitude that I've got,"
he said. "Life is so short, why would you
do something that's not fun?"
Over 10 years ago, he retired from the
police force. But in his 50s, Fineran is
having more fun than ever.
"It is one of the most relaxing things you
will ever do, is sit around with your buddies, have a relaxing cold beer and cook a
pig," Fineran said. "You've got to wonder
what the rich people are doing, because it
doesn't get any better than that."
He calls the "barbecue life" special.
"They are so much more down to earth,
low key, just good people," Fineran said.

Yes, he'd like to become the first repeat
Pitmaster of the Year while having all
that fun, if possible.
"Until you actually do it, you don't
realize the amount of work that actually
goes into it," Fineran said. "I'm absolutely going to keep going. I've got a
competitive spirit. Maybe it was born
in me."
He says of the North Carolina Pork
Council: "That's a class act right there.
These people behind the scenes, they

FINERAN'S FAVORITE
TAILGATING RECIPE
Chris Fineran's favorite recipe is simple
but wildly popular. "I actually love to do
stuffed pork chops," he said.
The process to greatness?
"I start with a pork chop that's a good
center cut, and I take a small paring
knife cut a small slit about two inches
long in the center of the pork chop, and
I work that knife all the way around on
the center of the pork chop and make
a pocket," he said.
With the handy work over, next
comes the preparation.
"I use a bread stuffing like you would
a turkey, and actually stuff that pocket
with my stuffing," he said. "Salt and
pepper with a little bit of garlic, and
then I use a little bit of barbecue Shake
'n Bake on top of it on both sides.
Then you wait for the fire to work
its magic.
"I grill them until they are about
medium-well," Fineran said. "I promise you, it is one of the best things you
will ever eat in your life. That's a good
tailgating snack."
He's a big sports fan, which makes
the dish a natural.

deserve more recognition or as much
as anybody else."
And what does he think about on
those drives back to South Carolina?
"On the ride home, if I didn't place, I
think about what did I did wrong," he
laughs. "And if I win, it's a drive home
where I just can't believe I beat these
guys. You are looking at guys who have
been cooking 25-30 years."
Lately, those drives have been awfully
enjoyable.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2017

Letter From the President
Industry News
Legislative Update
Living the “barbecue Life”
Fulfilling the American Dream
A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Intro
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover1
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover2
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 3
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 4
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 5
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Letter From the President
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 7
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Industry News
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 9
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 10
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 11
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Legislative Update
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 13
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 14
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 15
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Living the “barbecue Life”
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 17
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 18
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 19
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 20
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 21
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Fulfilling the American Dream
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 23
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 24
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 25
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 26
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 28
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 30
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