Among the countless Newton County Fair participants, there were countless food options including Smokin' Hawg of Neosho.

Among the countless Newton County Fair participants, there were countless food options including Smokin' Hawg of Neosho.
"This is my first time at the fair (smoking meat)," said Chip Parmley, owner of Smokin' Hawg. "I built my smoker on a dare, basically, - I am a razorback fan - one thing led to another and I ended up with what you see here," he said. "Then I asked the guys that I work with let's name it, so I ended up coming up with a name because it is what it is, it is a hog, and I smoke with it. They all agreed and the name stuck and here we go."
He has been smoking meat for about 10 years, but he said for pure fun.
"Then when I came up with this thing, my wife said, 'you might go ahead and make a buck with it, because it is pretty,' one thing led to another," Parmley said. "I have been doing this really a year in April."
While at the fair, he smoked ribs, briscuit, pulled pork, chicken and even hamburgers. He noted he even smoked wild boar and wild turkey.
"If it will fit in there (smoker), I will smoke it," he said.
Barbecuing and smoking has caught on in hte last few years.
"I am happy with my success," said Parmley. "and I have a lot of fun - just like Big Cat BBQ here - I never met him until I got here and all of these barbecue guys, you sit down, visit with them, you learn  little something, how they do it, how you might do it, and things to consider, because I have made changes from Celebrate Neosho event, I made  change that I added. Every day is a learning experience."
Asked if it was hard to smoke the meats, Parmley said, "you have got to have patience, it is low and slow, that is the key. If you are in a hurry, you probably shouldn't bother with it... I put those ribs on at 7:30 a.m., and just took them off at 11:30 a.m. This thing will run at 225 degrees."
Aside from catering weddings, Ducks Unlimited and other events, he plans on being at the McDonald County Fair - which starts on July 20-22 at the county's fairgrounds near McDonald County High School, Anderson.
later on, he would like to do competitions as well.
"I have a full time job at Bill's Electric," Parmley said. "I actually have a smoker at the office, because if I have a Saturday event, I can be smoking at the office on a Friday and the guys love it, they are my guinea pigs, anytime I have a new recipe, they are honest with me, sometimes too much. but that is OK, I think that my stuff is pretty good and it is because those guys tell me the truth."
 For more information, contact Smokin' Hawg at 456-4858.