John Getsinger of Hanahan had a quick indoctrination into the world of slow-cooked meats, and he's already trying to rub out the competition.
The 40-year-old father and AT&T employee got an opportunity to attend the Carolina Pitmasters BBQ Cooking School, hosted by former state champ Jack Waiboer, in the spring of 2009. His brother was supposed to go with him, but Getsinger ended up going solo.
He was placed on a team under Pitmaster John Haney of Alveron Cookers. Getsinger fell for the sport that day and soon joined Haney's professional barbecue team. He also began trying his hand at sauces and rubs.
Well, before long, he got a taste of victory. He won a James Island Yacht Club competition by beating 15 other teams in the chicken category. People started suggesting he make the rub and sauce commercially.
Getsinger hooked up with Creative Foods in Hanahan last fall. He picked up the first batch of rub last month, while the sauce has posed some challenges for manufacture. So Getsinger is now the official and proud papa of Little Johnny's Bone-a-Fyde Rib Rub and Rooster Booster.
Find the rub at varied locations from Geechie Boy Produce on Edisto Island to Heads You Win Hair Designs in West Ashley. Royall Ace Hardware in Mount Pleasant carries it as well as Burbage Meats in Goose Creek. The price will range from $4-$6. Visit http://littlejohnnysbbq.com.