Allie Mac Kay, Features Reporter, invited Big Mista and Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ back on KTLA-5 for a live 5-hour shoot during the morning show on Monday, August 30. This was a special feature a week before the big Labor Day BBQ season. The last KTLA-5 shoot we did was a week before the July 4 weekend and it was in the Fresh and Easy parking lot in Eagle Rock, California. Apparently, the studio crew wanted to taste our BBQ this time so we showed up bright and early at 4 am at the KTLA-5 studios on Sunset Blvd.
Neil from Big Mista made Pork Loin with Orange Mustard Glaze and Bacon Monkey Muffins. I made my signature Seared Ahi Tuna w Maui Onion Dressing, world-famous Bacon Turtle, and tri-tip BBQ spaghetti. We were on every hour for the tease-segment lasting about a minute and in the main segment which lasted about 3 minutes. Doing live TV is hectic because we had to be on our toes for 5 hours because the cameras could be hot without advance warning. We had to keep changing the garnish to keep it fresh and to keep cooking food so they would be ready for their close up. A couple of Fresh and Easy PR folks Tatum and Allison were also there to ensure we inserted the Fresh and Easy sound-bite into our short monologues. I think I said mentioned F&E six times on one of my segments! Hey, you do what you can for the sponsors!
All these BBQ dishes were a hit with the KTLA-5 morning show crew.
After the shoot, we wrapped up around 10:30 am. I went back to work and tried not to smell like BBQ smoke all day long!