With a farmer for a father, Alexander “Butch” Lupinetti didn’t just grow up barbequing; he saw the barbeque process through from start to finish as a child, helping to remove hogs’ hair before they were butchered. He grew up to become one of the world’s foremost barbeque authorities, co-authoring “Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ Cookbook” last year.
Sadly, Lupinetti passed away during a family trip to Italy earlier this month. The 69-year-old, who had a son and daughter, had a heart attack while in Pompeii.
Few others had the passion for barbeque that Lupinetti did. He once won a cook-off with Bobby Flay on the Food Network, and he placed fourth in the barbeque world championships earlier this decade. (Didn’t know there was a BBQ world championships? You’re not alone.)
Here, five things about this grilling pioneer.
1. He won 600 local, regional and national awards on the barbeque circuit over 20 years of competition.
2. He began his career in the late 1960s as a singer for a rock band, and he even owned a rock club, Butch’s Place, for a few years.
3. His company motto is “Cook no swine before its time” catchy.
4. His company has a stand at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center.
5. He once went around the country with a traveling barbecue pit that could hold up to 600 pounds of meat.