North Carolina native Elizabeth Karmel was raised on barbecue--at roadside stands, neighborhood cookouts and county fairs--but it wasn't until she moved away from home that the barbecue love affair began. When it wasn't at her fingertips, she had to learn how to smoke it herself, and a pit-mistress was born. Karmel is now the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC and Washington, DC, and NYC's Hill Country Chicken. Bob Blumer is the creator and host of the Food Network's Surreal Gourmet and Glutton for Punishment. Pizza on the Grill is their first cookbook together.