Grill master's passion for cooking earns accolades outside Florida's borders

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 01:45 PM.

The catering service wouldn't have started without his daughter, Haley Bass, convincing him in 2010 to participate in a barbecue cooking competition in DeFuniak Springs. Barton's chicken thighs won first place.

"I thought this was pretty cool, so I kept doing it," he said.  

In addition to Barton's barbecue — with favorites like ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken — being recognized locally and regionally, his grill master techniques have won awards in Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana.

Barton also cooks banana pudding, chicken and dumplings and  cinnamon buns and other items.

The key is to never settle with one dish or one technique, he said.

"I am always learning something new," he said. "You never get complacent."  

EmailNews Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown, follow him on Twitteror call 850-682-6524.

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