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2012: The Beehive Year in Review

Yes, we’re halfway into the first month of 2013 — but I realized I forgot to do one of these Beehive Year in Review posts. I swear it’s the last looking-back-at-2012 post I’ll write. If I didn’t do this post, though, how would you know which contests you entered the most and which commenters are still in our “top 10?” See. You’re welcome.

So without further ado — unless you want me to drag this out another 14 days — here are the most read and most commented Beehive posts of 2012, along with our most prolific commenters.

Whether you’re on the list or not, thanks to everyone who participates in the site, either by reading and responding, sharing links with your friends or even grumbling to yourself about what we write. You’re all appreciated.

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R.I.P. Brent Walton, QN4U owner and barbecue champ

UPDATE: According to a media release sent out on behalf of the Walton family, there will be a celebration of Brent’s life at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. And because people are probably wondering: QN4U will remain open with Brent’s wife Kim in charge.

ORIGINAL POST, 4/9: Brent Walton, the local barbecue champ and owner of the QN4U restaurants, passed away over the weekend. If you ever entered QN4U, you knew Walton was a decorated barbecue competitor — there were trophies everywhere. Walton had been featured on The Food Network and History Channel, plus had many other honors in the barbecue community that you can read about here.

Below is a video that TasteFresno filmed about Walton last year, as seen on

There’s a Facebook page set up in Walton’s honor and a thread of remembrances from the California BBQ Association, of which Walton was a past president. Locally, QN4U had recently opened a second location in Fresno.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for details about his memorial.