Nothing smells like good BBQ
Josh Gamma, National Guard
"A food memory that stands out is when I was in basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. There was this parade field, and during training we’d march out there almost every day. This was the summer in South Carolina, so it was 100 degrees all the time. It was rough. But there was a BBQ place just on the other side of the field that you could smell when you were marching around. So we were marching, sweating, nearly passing out, but also smelling this beautiful BBQ place. I swore to myself I would go there as soon as I got out.
"So when my parents came for my basic training graduation and asked what I wanted to do, I said, 'That place. We gotta go there.' It was just amazing, delicious South Carolina BBQ. I believe some pulled pork was involved -- it might’ve been a pulled pork sandwich. Very satisfying. After being in Austin for all these years, I wonder what I would think now. Because in Texas, it's more than just smoked meat. There're places in Texas where they don't even have BBQ sauce. It's sacrilege. But in that moment, when I was eating it, it was exactly what I wanted."