Central City BBQ

1201 South Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
504-558-4276

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Pitmaster, James Cruse

"A Hogs for the Cause champion is new pit master for Central City BBQ"

James Cruse Jr. has racked up some hefty honors in the competitive barbecue circuit, and he’s twice won the top food award in the most-watched New Orleans barbecue event, Hogs for the Cause. Now he’s taking on a different kind of food challenge. Central City BBQ has named Cruse as its new pit master, putting him in charge of the smokers and kitchen at the city’s largest barbecue restaurant. “My goal is to improve what we do here first and then introduce some of my own tweaks,” said Cruse. “There’s a lot that we can do that you just don’t see anyone around here doing.” Cruse doesn’t have much background in restaurants. The 41-year-old Arabi native has worked in sales and project management. His barbecue bona fides, however, are lengthy...

To read the rest of the article about James Cruse, by Ian McNulty, head on over to theadvocate.com

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