It is unfortunate to have to note the passing of one of our great friends, Barry “Chuckwagon” Byner, who died February 10. He had been in failing health for the last several months. Perhaps it’s a blessing for him to be released from his suffering.

I was fortunate to have had two visits with him in Salt Lake City, both of which were enlightening as well as a heck of a lot of fun. I have great memories of doing sausage-related things and swapping tall tales with him. He taught me just about everything I know about sausage making and meat curing. It was a treat to discover his musical side. We spent a couple of afternoons, down in his piano room, while Barry banged out everything from opera to dance hall music. What a guy! He was quite a colorful character, and I miss him greatly.

You can read his obituary at

He was instrumental in developing sausagemaking website and later, this website that he and I cooked up together. I plan to keep the thing going. It’s the least I can do. His wit and wisdom will live on, at least as long as loyal visitors like you keep visiting the website.

Best regards,

Russ “el Ducko” Lambert

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