Those buddies knew Davis could cook. And that event sort of started him down a road that has led to bigger and better equipment and, eventually, the label "pro."
Davis says he does six or seven competitive events a year, a far cry from some of the other guys who do events every weekend all across the country.
"Some of those guys are constantly going every weekend," he said. "I wish I could do that, but I've got a full-time job."
He said he's toyed with the idea of quitting his job with the Department of Commerce and opening a restaurant. And he still might, some day. For now he's content with a handful of summer competitions.
If you go
What: Bend of the River Cookout
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29
Where: Land of Memories Park, Mankato
Cost: $10, which includes samples form 10 different cooks. More available for purchase, as well.
Related event : As part of its sponsorship of the cookout, Mankato Ford is entering the name of anyone who test drives a vehicle Saturday, June 22, in a drawing to win a gas grill. Johnny Marks from KDOG-FM also will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.