As I watched Gerri Grady of Grady's Bar-B-Q in Dudley, North Carolina, prepare for the long day in her kitchen, she fed me a piece of crispy pigskin just pulled from the pit. It was amazing—like the best piece of bacon you ever ate, only a thousand times better. And I will never forget 64-year-old Sam Thompson, a customer at Scott's. I noticed him as he was leaving and quickly approached, asking permission to make his photograph. At first he stood in front of me, tense and upright. I encouraged him to take a deep breath, and I made a few pictures. Then I asked him to remove his cap. He did that, then peered into the camera. His face visibly relaxed; his eyes widened just a bit and focused on my lens. It felt like he was looking right through me. My heart was pounding. Click. I put the camera down, bowed my head: "Tank you."