BILL WEST is a Country music fan, barbecue enthusiast, and bestselling multi-cookbook author based in South Carolina.
He has been playing radio in Savannah for years and first came to the Low Country in 1989 (yes… just one week before Hugo hit). During that time he has interviewed some of entertainment’s biggest celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Paula Deen (she thought the Kix crew really needed to do the dishes), Zac Brown, Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, and Alton Brown, to name a few.
His favorite classic film is Forrest Gump. A movie for which he actually auditioned! Casting said “maybe a soldier,” and never called back. West says it “probably would’ve done better” if he had been cast.
His blog at BarbecueTricks.com and his YouTube channel, have accumulated more than 10 million views and nearly 45,000 subscribers. A native of Glenview, Illinois, West is the youngest of six children and has spent the last 30 years in the Southeast playing country music on the radio. As a hobby, he competed in and judged barbecue competitions across the state for several years before he took up writing.
He and his wife, MJ, make their home in West Ashley, and have one son, Jack, who is an accomplished guitar player that does an incredible solo arrangement of FreeBird.