Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meet Featured Artist Woody Cavenaugh of Delwood's Barbecue LLC!

What is your business’ name?  Delwood’s Barbecue LLC and I’m Woody Cavenaugh!

What sort of items do you make?  Barbecue Sauce, Marinade, and Pig Pickin’s at your home.  Coming soon:  Pimento Cheese and Pub Cheese!

When and how did you learn your craft?  I am a classically trained buccaneer in the old style.  I was around it since I was born but I wasn’t allowed to so much as pick up a shovel until I was in my 20’s.  Under my father’s watchful eye I was able to lead cook a pig in my 30’s.  He died satisfied in the knowledge that he had created a master in his own image.

Where do you get your inspiration from?  I find inspiration in the Steampunk subculture.  It allows me to be very true to the history of Eastern NC barbecue yet still be allowed my own flights of fancy.

How did you get started doing this as a business?  After my father died I inherited his pig cooker and gear.  Learning this, a friend of mine asked me to cook a pig for his wedding.  It went well enough that his guest (and subsequently their guests at later events) convinced me that I needed to sell sauce and cook pigs for a living, thus my destiny was finally revealed to me.

Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out?   Be aware that the career destination that you think is your calling, may only be a starting point to something tangential to that.   I used pimento cheese as a vehicle to demonstrate the versatility of my sauce.  Now I’m in the pimento cheese and pub cheese business as well.

Delwood’s Barbecue LLC will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on April 4, 2014.  The market is located on the corner of MKL and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9pm. 

Want to see more of Delwood’s Barbecue LLC?  Check out Woody’s Facebook page at:

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