was named "Reigning Queen of Pig and Smoke" by the Southern Foodways Alliance at the Charleston Food + Wine Festival -- the first time that a woman has ever taken the title. Turner, owner and pitmaster of Helen's Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee, is a meat cooking legend and one of the only female pitmasters in the United States, Turner cooks up authentic flavor by slow-smoking pork shoulders and ribs in a pit lined with coals so hot that they melted the fans she installed to blow the heavy hardwood smoke away.Earlier in March, Helen Turner
"It does get in my eyes," she told Yahoo! Shine in an interview on Tuesday. "I have to go to the doctor every once in a while to get some drops for smoke being in my eyes. But I like it."
That's one reason Turner's a pure pitmaster. Another reason: she'd rather cook in a hole in the ground than on a grill.
"I've never used a grill at home," she says. She won't have it in herRead More »from BBQ Queen, Helen Turner, Shares Her Secret: She Never Uses A Grill