Brooke Orrison Lewis and Linda Orrison
Operators of The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint (address and info), president of the National Barbecue Association (Linda Orrison)
Ocean Springs, MS
It takes a village to run a barbecue joint, but oftentimes the ones who're rubbing the meat get all the credit. But when it comes down to the day-to-day operations of the ragtag Mississippi outfit The Shed, there are few people as important as Brooke and Linda Orisson.
At the restaurant, Brooke serves as the logistical point for her brother's left-field ideas and balances the books. Out on the competitive circuit, time-management is her focus, which is crucial when turning in your meat a second late means disqualification. But at the end of the day, she's just as happy working the line or being up to her elbows in a whole hog.
Her mother's responsibilities center around upholding the family image. Marketing, branding, whatever you want to call it, Linda's ensured that The Shed looks and feels like The Shed. The hard work as paid off, and in addition to running a restaurant that can feed up to 8,000 people a week and helping win the biggest competitions in the sport, she's recently ascended to the position of president of the National Barbecue Association.