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Go from Pig Pickin’ to Pigskin

Special to the National Barbecue News

Kicking off the New Year with college bowl games, the national championship, and the Super Bowl?

Recall the 4th grader last year who gave the sensational award winning speech on “Real BBQ: An Elusive Meat”? Well, Sloan Finger took his Pig Pickin’ talents and applied them to the Pigskin this time, placing 2nd in the Hawks Rise Elementary School Tropicana Speech Contest.

Last year, his efforts quickly became an internet and media sensation after he was first featured in the National Barbecue News ( ).

Broadcast TV affiliates then picked up the story and ran blurbs from Atlanta to Charlotte to St. Louis to Kansas City; print and social media was abuzz with his explanations and proclamations of what constitutes Real BBQ. In this year’s competition, Sloan speaks to his personal experience in playing “four years of competitive tackle football.” His pigskin journey is titled “Victory Scars,” and takes a few twists and turns speaking to a sport, an American past-time, that has been hit, pun intended, with controversy the last few years.

“You hear it all the time, football is a dangerous sport,” he begins, “But like the old flea-flicker play, things aren’t always as they appear!” Well, sit down with a “tender and juicy piece of pulled pork” as he exclaimed last year and watch to see exactly what his point is this year on our website at

Then you too can enjoy the “game’s after-party.”

Photo courtesy of Jeff Finger

Photo courtesy of Jeff Finger

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