“BBQ King” Butch Lupinetti Dies at 69

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Alexander “Butch” Lupinetti has died of a massive heart attack while vacationing in Pompeii, Italy, on August, 4.

Lupinetti, 69, will be remembered for his cooking passion and his zest for life. He was a South Jersey barbeque legend competing nationally for twenty long years. He has racked up over 600 awards and also defeated celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a Food Network cook-off.

Lupinetti’s father was an Italian origin, so he grew up on tomato gravy, pasta, and meatballs. He usually helped his mother in peeling and chopping vegetables. His father use to prepare fresh meat.

The family had farm where they raised chickens and hogs.

In 2009 Lupinetti coauthored a book “Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ Cookbook.”

In 2003, he said in an interview to the Inquirer reporter, “My daddy barbecued; that’s just what you did on the farm, honey.”

When young, he pursued singing. He toured with a rock band in the 1960s and 1970s. He opened Butch’s Place then, which was a country-western bar that turned rock-and-roll club in Pemberton.

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