Big Lou Elrose Hired as Wildwood Pitmaster



Big Lou: Not shown actual size.Photo courtesy Lou Elrose

When Steve Hanson decided to launch a major barbecue restaurant (as we told you about in August), he didnt have to look far for a pitmaster. He turned to the most critically acclaimed new barbecue in the citys history, Hill Country. Big Lou Elrose, ex-cop, excompetition barbecuer, and now exdeputy pitmaster at Hill Country, will lead the pit team at Wildwood BBQ when it opens in December. The six-foot-five ex-policeman will also help develop operations for subsequent restaurants. Lou has a lot of passion, the B.R. Guest bigwig told us. And he really knows pork. Hes truly gotten into the culture of barbecue, and hes going to be one of our main guys. Elrose, for his part, has a simpler ambition. I just want to cook good barbecue, he says.

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