If you’re musing over what do with an English degree, you could take a page from Luke Darnell’s recipe book and become a world barbecue champion. Poetry, prose and pulled pork have more in common than you think. Darnell, BA ’99, English, is the head hoss of competitive barbecue team Old Virginia Smoke, the 2016 world barbecue champions, as designated by the World Food Championships. Old Virginia Smoke has racked up several other championships across the country for its mastery of meats — ribs, brisket, chicken and pork, to be lusciously exact. The origins of Darnell’s ascension into this palatable pastime ignited in a Morgantown backyard where his father would roast hogs in the ground. Darnell credits both parents with being good cooks but his own skill behind the grill did not fully kindle until he moved to the Washington, D.C., area. It was there, with the prodding of family and friends, where he found his calling as a barbecue pitmaster.