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The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ in 2013 are:

Happy New Year! May 2014 be a smoking good year for you and your family!!!

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Over the past twenty-five days we’ve introduced you to our list of the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ. Now it’s your turn to let us know your list. Who did we leave off? Who did we put on the list that you think just doesn’t have the influence to crack your top 25? Who did we list too low or too high? Who do you think has what it takes to prove in 2014 that they are one of the top 25 influencers in the BBQ world in 2014? Leave a comment to this post and let us know your thoughts!

Here is the 2013 Pork Barrel BBQ list of the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ:

1st – The Backyard BBQer, You the Backyard BBQer

2nd – Bobby Flay, Food Network, Restaurateur & Cookbook Author 

3rd – John Markus, TV Producer 

4th – Dave Anderson, Famous Dave’s & Cookbook Author

5th – Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South & BBQ Pitmasters

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 1: The Backyard BBQer

Today we conclude the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the Most Influential Person in BBQ is the Backyard BBQer.

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In the post announcing we were going to be revealing our list of the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ we noted that there are over 317,000,000 people in America and the vast majority of them are part of the barbecue community to some degree. Some are competition BBQ pitmasters, some are restaurateurs, others are makers of commercial sauces and rubs, but all of these folks and millions more are Backyard BBQer’s. According to a 2011 study conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 86% of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker and 99% of them used them at least once in the past year. These weekend warriors of barbecue cooked billions of meals and hosted millions of backyard barbecues this year and spent billions of dollars on grills & smokers, charcoal, sauces, rubs and meats. They perused millions of recipes and product reviews in books, magazines and barbecue specific blogs like Amazing Ribs, Grill Grrrl,  Grilling with Rich, and Embers & Flame and watched hours of shows on TV dedicated to BBQ like BBQ Pitmasters and Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction

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Perhaps the only thing more common than a Weber Kettle in the backyards of America is grass. The Backyard BBQer enormous pocketbook makes them the greatest influencer of the success or failure of numerous barbecue related business. Each year new grills and smokers hit the market vying for a place in the backyards of the American BBQer – some will succeed and others will fail in large part due to the reception they receive from the Backyard BBQer. Grocery stores across the country have shelves filled with dozens of BBQ sauces, marinades and rubs that fight each and everyday to hold onto and grow their share of the market that is controlled by the Backyard BBQer. It seems appropriate that the most American of foods – barbecue – is influenced the most by not a single individual, but by the Backyard BBQer, who makes up a great percetnage of the entire American population. If you’re a part of the BBQ world and hoping to make an impact, you’d better figure out a way to get the Backyard BBQer on your side for they are the most important influencer in the world of BBQ! 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ in 2013 are:

1st – The Backyard BBQer, You the Backyard BBQer

2nd – Bobby Flay, Food Network, Restaurateur & Cookbook Author 

3rd – John Markus, TV Producer 

4th – Dave Anderson, Famous Dave’s & Cookbook Author

5th – Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South & BBQ Pitmasters

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Now that you’ve met the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ let us know what you think. Did we get it right? Did we leave someone off that you find deserving of residing on the list? How would you rearrange the list to arrive at a list of who you believe are the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ? Head over to the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and join the discussion!

Have a safe New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year! Here is to 2014 being an amazing year for you and your family. As we start a new year and think ahead 365 days we wonder how this list will change over the coming year as new influencers make their impact on the world of barbecue and current influencers strive to maintain their influence over the world of barbecue. Get to work, you’ve got 11 months to elevate your game and make our 2014 list of the Most Influential People in BBQ!

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 2: Bobby Flay

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 2nd most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 2nd Most Influential Person in BBQ is Food Network personality, restaurateur and cookbook author, Bobby Flay

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The growth in the notion of food as more than just sustenance into something more akin to hobby, art, love and entertainment can be traced back to the likes of Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, and Justin Wilson to name a few. These early pioneers taught us that something so seemingly exotic and foreign as French or Cajun cooking is within our grasp and could be prepared in our home kitchens as simply as it can be prepared in a professional kitchen at a Michelin Star restaurant in Manhattan if you just follow a few easy steps. They made cooking fun and made it more accessible to home cooks which in turn moved food away from the simple notion of sustenance and helped to create the current foodie world we live in.

Bobby Flay is to BBQ as Child or Pepin were to French food or Wilson to Cajun food. No one in the world of barbecue is more recognizable or well known across the board, from championship pitmaster to backyard BBQ’er to mom’s and dad’s buying grocery’s for the week, as Bobby Flay. Flay is a critically-acclaimed chef and restaurateur and award-winning cookbook author, but more important to his influence is his presence as a television personality and celebrity chef. Flay’s accolades range from having his Mesa Grill restaurant named Best Restaurant by New York Magazine to being named the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year.

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Flay’s influence in BBQ began to grow in 1995 when he joined the fledgling Food Network and teamed up with Philadelphia chef Jack McDavid for the show Grillin & Chillin which cast Flay as the city slicker who only used gas and McDavid as the country boy who only used charcoal and wood. Over the course of the next 19 years Flay would mold himself into a well diversified BBQer and enter the homes of millions of food lovers and BBQer’s across American and the globe with barbecue themed shows including Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay, BBQ with Bobby Flay, Boy Meets Grill with Bobby Flay, Grill It! with Bobby Flay, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. Flay’s reach to cooks and pitmasters of varying degrees of skill is far greater than anyone else in the world of BBQ and his love and passion for live fire cooking inspires thousands of people each year to take the leap into live fire cooking. 

FlayFlay’s influence on the world of BBQ can also be felt at the bookstore where his cookbooks continue to be among the best selling barbecue themed cookbooks every written. Among his list of cookbooks are the barbecue themed Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addition from this year and Bobby Flay’s Grill It, Bobby Flay’S Boy Meets Grill, Bobby Flay’s Boy Gets Grill, and Bobby Flay’s Grilling For Life. As long as Flay remains at the Food Network, foods biggest platform, and continues to promote his love of BBQ through television and books Flay will remain one of the major influences in food in general and BBQ more specifically.

 

On December 31st we’ll unveil the most influential person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve previously unveiled the 3rd through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

3rd – John Markus, TV Producer 

4th – Dave Anderson, Famous Dave’s & Cookbook Author

5th – Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South & BBQ Pitmasters

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 3: John Markus

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 3rd most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 3rd Most Influential Person in BBQ is BBQ media mogul and producer of BBQ Pitmasters, John Markus.

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Few people have had the impact on BBQ over the past few years that John Markus has had. We live in a world where television is as big of an influencer as anything else and Markus has done BBQ television better than anyone else from his original show All Star BBQ Showdown to his current hit BBQ Pitmasters. Markus might not be a household name to the millions of people who have tuned in to watch an episode of BBQ Pitmasters, but he has greatly contributed to the transformation of a number of world class pitmasters like Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone, Johnny Trigg, & Diva Q (to name a few) into household names and the current faces and ambassadors of BBQ to not just the BBQ crazed, but more importantly to the average backyard BBQer. The growing popularity of BBQ competitions has BBQ Pitmasters to thank for much of its growth. Since the premier of BBQ Pitmasters we’ve seen the number of contests grow dramatically, the attendance at many contests by onlookers has surged, larger named sponsors are now sponsoring contests and as a result of all of these factors prize money is increasing allowing more and more pitmasters to make a living from competition BBQ and the ancillary spoils that come with it like restaurants and commercial sauces and rubs. 

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Beyond his hit television shows Markus took a group of championship pitmasters to Kuwait in 2010 and fed more than 5,000 men and women of the U.S. Armed Services. While on tour with the USO Markus and a film crew filmed their adventure and released the documentary, The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait in 2013. Markus’s years in television before he fell for BBQ has allowed him to create a product that is consumable to not just the rabid BBQ enthusiast, but the general population, which has helped to grow BBQ in America over the past few years at a greater rate than ever enjoyed. We look forward to seeing what Markus has up his sleeve next, but are certain it will influence the way BBQ moves forward. 

On December 30th we’ll unveil the 2nd most influential person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve previously unveiled the 4th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

4th – Dave Anderson, Famous Dave’s & Cookbook Author

5th – Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South & BBQ Pitmasters

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 4: Famous Dave Anderson

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 4th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 4th Most Influential Person in BBQ is founder of Famous Dave’s and cookbook author, Dave Anderson.

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If this were a list of the 25 Most Passionate People in BBQ there is no question that Dave Anderson would be at the top. Dave loves BBQ and spreading the BBQ message more than anyone we’ve every met, and we’ve met a lot of people who love spreading their love and passion for BBQ. Dave also loves sharing his life story, the success and struggles, to young entrepreneurs, at-risk youth, college students, chambers of commerce, and countless others willing to listen. His is a story worth listening to, as it is a true American story filled with ups and downs and lessons we can all learn from.

Dave’s influence on the restaurant industry can’t be underestimated. Today there are more than 200 Famous Dave’s across American and Canada with more than a half a billion dollars in annual sales, making it one of the largest BBQ restaurant chains in the world. An amazing fact that is likely hard for anyone else in the BBQ world to beat is the number of jobs Famous Dave has created – more than 20,000 people have jobs thanks to Dave, now that is some influence!  These days it’s hard to turn on your TV and not see Dave on one of the numerous Famous Dave’s commercials – the most recent has him with his new burnt ends with smoked cheese appetizer. Dave is one of the most visible faces in all of barbecue and is recognized by not just those who spend much of their life in barbecue circles, but by the millions of Americans who may own a grill and use it a few times a year or those not interested in smoking a brisket for hours, but looking for a place to get a good sandwich.   

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Dave’s influence in BBQ touches on many more areas than just restaurants, he has an award winning line of BBQ Sauces and products that can be found in just about every grocery store from coast to coast, he’s been very successful on the BBQ competition circuit winning more than 700 awards, including winning The Best In The West Rib Cook Off numerous times, he’s a frequent participant on BBQ related TV shows like Food Network’s Best in Smoke and he is the author of the book Famous Dave’s Barbecue Party Cookbook and has been seen signing books for long lines at BBQ events throughout 2013. Dave is a true innovator, inspiration and influencer in the world of BBQ with a heart the size of a packer brisket!  

On December 29th we’ll unveil the 3rd most influential person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve previously unveiled the 5th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

5th – Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South & BBQ Pitmasters

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

CHARRED TOMATO SALSA

Charred Tomato Salsa
Yields 3
This quick and easy Charred Tomato Salsa is as good as or better than anything you’ll find at the local grocery store. It is great as a salsa for chips and salsa or as a condiment for tacos or grilled steak or chicken.
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Total Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 7 ripe Plum Tomatoes, halved
  2. 2 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  3. 1 small Red Onion, cut into ½ inch rounds
  4. 2 Serrano Chilies, roughly chopped
  5. 2 Chipotle Chiles in Adobo
  6. 2 Limes, Zest and Juice
  7. 3 Tablespoons Cilantro
  8. Olive Oil
  9. 2 Tablespoons Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub
  10. Salt and Black Pepper
  11. Tortilla Chips
Instructions
  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and brush with olive oil and season with Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub and grill over direct heat for about 10 minutes. Cut the onion in ½ inch slices and brush with olive oil and season with Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub and grill over direct heat for 2 minutes per side.
  2. In a blender, combine the grilled tomato, garlic, grilled onion, Serrano chilies, chipotle chilies, lime zest and juice and cilantro. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Serve in a bowl with tortilla chips.
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The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 5: Myron Mixon

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 5th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 5th Most Influential Person in BBQ is pitmaster of Jack’s Old South, judge on BBQ Pitmasters and cookbook author, Myron Mixon.

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Myron Mixon’s mastery of the pit may only be equaled by his mastery of marketing himself. In recent years Mixon has become the face of barbecue and crossed over into the realm of celebrity chef. Mixon comes from a family with barbecue sauce running through its veins. In 1996 he entered his first competition to promote his family’s BBQ Sauce and ended up winning Whole Hog. Mixon named his company Jack’s Old South after his father who taught him how to barbecue. Over the years Mixon and his Jack’s Old South team have won nearly 200 Grand Championships and more than 1,700 trophies. The crown jewel of Mixon’s Championships are his three Memphis in May World Championships (2001, 2004 & 2007).  As a result of his success on the competition circuit Mixon has been referred to as the “Winningest Man in Barbecue”.

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Mixon’s fame and influence began its climb with his appearance on the inaugural season of BBQ Pitmasters as the Simon Cowell like character of the cast and in subsequent seasons as one of the shows judges. Mixon is the only pitmaster to appear on every season of BBQ Pitmasters.  In recent years he has released two very successful cookbooks, Smokin with Myron Mixon and Everyday Barbecue and a line of smokers called Myron Mixon Smokers. Mixon also teaches one of the most popular and widely attending cooking schools in all of barbecue, the Jack’s Old South Cooking School.

No matter where we travel on our barbecue journey’s one of the first names brought up when talking to seasoned pitmasters, backyard BBQ warriors or folks just begging their love affair with barbecue, is Myron Mixon. His accomplishments are far and wide and his influence within and outside of competition BBQ is historic. It doesn’t seem likely that his influence will end anytime soon as he continues to build upon his BBQ empire.  

On December 28th we’ll unveil the 4th most influential person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve previously unveiled the 6th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

Come Ring in the New Year at Pork Barrel BBQ!

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Skip the cover charge and start 2014 of right at Pork Barrel BBQ. The party starts at 9:oo PM, featuring a Resolution Wall, DJ, party favors and a free snack buffet, topped of with a toast at midnight with the Champagne of Beers, Miller High Life. Be sure to bring your sweetie for the midnight kiss.

We’ll see you on December 31 at Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA!

Happy New Year!!

 
 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 6: Carolyn Wells

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 6th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 6th Most Influential Person in BBQ is co-founder of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KSBS), Carolyn Wells.

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Carolyn Wells might not be a household name, but there is no one that has had more influence on the sport of competition BBQ. In the fall of 1985, Wells, her husband Gary and friend Rick Welch formed the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), a club for barbeque cookers. That first year they had about 20 people join. It wasn’t long before this club became a formal organization and folks from around the country were calling on them for advice on how to start their own BBQ contests and have KCBS sanction their events. As a result KCBS created a standard set of rules and regulations for BBQ contests and created a scoring system. Today KCBS is the largest society of BBQ enthusiasts with more than 14,000 members across the United States and around the globe with more than 300 sanctioned BBQ contests each year.

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Today, Wells serves as the Executive Director of KCBS and continues to travel from coast-to-coast to promote barbecue. Where competition BBQ would be without KCBS is unknown, but it certainly wouldn’t have become what it is today. The increased interest in competition BBQ has allowed teams like Pellet Envy, Lotta Bull & Quau to turn their love of BBQ into a career. Countless numbers of competition cooks have gone from manning the pits at a contest to manning the pits at their own restaurants or catering companies. Countless more have gone from mixing up their secret sauce and rub concoctions for contests to selling them in local, national and global retailers. Well’s influence on competition BBQ has influenced directly and indirectly the lives of thousands of BBQer’s – some knowing it and others not knowing it. As KCBS continues to grow under her executive direction and the sport of competition BBQ becomes bigger and bigger with larger and larger prize purses, more sponsors and more teams Wells will continue to be a major influencer in the world of barbecue.

On December 27th we’ll unveil the 5th most influential person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve previously unveiled the 7th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 7: Tuffy Stone

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 7th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 7th Most Influential Person in BBQ is owner of Q Barbeque, pitmaster of the Cool Smoke BBQ Team and judge on BBQ Pitmasters, Tuffy Stone.

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Tuffy Stone is the Mariano Rivera of barbecue. When you see Rivera come out of the bullpen you know there is little doubt he’s going to get the job done. The same can be said for Stone – when you see him pull up at a contest you are pretty certain that he’s got a good chance of getting the job done. It can be argued with a very straight face that Stone is currently the best cook on the professional barbecue circuit. He doesn’t have as many GC’s and RGC’s as many of his peers, but he’s winning at a conversion rate similar to Rivera closing out games for the Yankees and doing it on the biggest stages in the sport. In 2013 Stone and his Cool Smoke team took home 3 GC’s while only cooking 8 contests (due to all his other barbecue commitments) and two of those GC’s happened to come at two of the sports most prestigious events, The American Royal Invitational and The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.  

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Having had the opportunity to cook next to Tuffy at many contests, including the American Royal each year, we can safely say that Stone’s influence goes well beyond his skills manning the pit (with his teammate and father George Stone). In the world of barbecue, Stone is a rockstar. It’s not uncommon to look over at his cooksite and see a line of fans seeking a moment to ask a question or take a picture and without fail he obliges them with his smile and warm welcome. These lines are filled with folks from all walks of life and ages and walk away from their encounter with Stone a bit more devoted to barbecue!

Stone was a barbecue success well before he appeared on season one of BBQ Pitmasters and subsequently became one of the judges in later seasons of the hit television show. However, his star really began to shine bright after his appearance on the first season of Pitmasters where he clearly became a fan favorite and cemented his reputation as one of the good guys of barbecue. As Pitmasters becomes more and more popular Stone’s star continues to rise and shine brighter.

In addition to his competition and television success, Stone runs a chain of successful Q Barbque restaurants in the Richmond, Virginia area. Stone is known as a perfectionist on the barbecue circuit, taking meticulous notes of how every factor, big or small, impacts his cook. Were certain that this effort to reach perfection will continue to push Stone to new heights and build upon his influence n barbecue. 

On December 26th we’ll unveil the 6th most influential person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve previously unveiled the 8th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!!