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SPICY THAI GRILLED CHICKEN & COCONUT SOUP

Spicy Thai Grilled Chicken & Coconut Soup
Looking for a new way to use that left over chicken from Sunday’s whole grilled chicken or for a new use of those boneless skinless chicken breasts in your freezer? Give this quick and delicious Spicy Thai Grilled Chicken & Coconut Soup a try!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Chicken Breasts, grilled & shredded
  2. 2 Tablespoons Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub
  3. 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  4. 1 pint Mushrooms, sliced
  5. 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  6. 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  7. 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, minced
  8. 1 stalk Lemongrass, halved lengthwise and cut in half
  9. 2 Tablespoon Sriracha
  10. 1 32oz. box of Chicken Stock
  11. 1 13.5oz can of Coconut Milk
  12. 4 teaspoons Fish Sauce
  13. 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  14. 1 Lime, zest and juice
  15. ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
  16. ½ cup Green Onions, sliced into ¼-rounds
Instructions
  1. Heat a charcoal grill to medium-high heat. While the grill is warming up rub chicken with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with the Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub. Once grill is warm grill the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° and shred.
  2. Heat a stock pot over medium heat and add remaining olive oil. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper, garlic, ginger and lemongrass and cook for 5 minutes. Add the Sriracha and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce and sugar and bring to a boil. Lower the temperature and drop to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Add grilled chicken, lime zest and lime juice and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the 4 lemongrass stalks and add the cilantro and green onions and serve.
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The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 12: Jamie Geer

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 12th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 12th Most Influential Person in BBQ is the owner of Jambo Pits, Jamie Geer.

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Weber’s may make the most owned BBQ grills and smokers in America, but no one makes a more sought after pit than master pitmaker Jamie Geer. Geer’s Jambo Pits are known for both their beauty and performance and are used by many of America’s top pitmasters, including Tuffy Stone, Rod Gray, Johnny Trigg, & Darren Warth, and can lay claim to many of the sports biggest Grand Championships, including The Jack, The American Royal Invitaitonal, and The American Royal Open. There is no question that in recent years, Geer is the most influential name in the world of smokers and pits in America. Look no further than the number of pitmasters turning to Geer when they are looking for a new pit and the number of competitors creating pits that, if not for a second look you might mistake for a Geer pit.

Geer has also made a name for himself on the BBQ competition circuit as a skilled and accomplished pitmaster and is a frequent participant on the ever growing list of BBQ themed television shows including a cast member on Season 1 of BBQ Pitmasters. In 2013 Geer opened up his first restaurant, Jambo’s BBQ Shack. It will be interesting to see if Geer can continue his influence in the area of smokers and grills in the years to come, our bet is that he will not only continue his influence, but he will increase it as more pitmasters turn to Jambo Pits. 

On December 21st we’ll unveil the 11th 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 13th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

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 13: Dave Raymond

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 13th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 13th Most Influential Person in BBQ is co-founder of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce and owner of Sweet Baby Ray’s Restaurants, Dave Raymond.

Dave Raymond

Dave Raymond, better known to the world as Sweet Baby Ray, is the number one influencer in the world of BBQ Sauce. Sweet Baby Ray’s is far and away the best selling BBQ Sauce in America and can be found in millions of refrigerators around the world. Hundreds, if not thousands of start up BBQ sauce company’s, like ourselves, dream of one day being the household name that Sweet Baby Ray’s has become. The cool thing is a few of those start ups might reach that goal in large part to the generousness of Sweet Baby Ray. There are countless sauce entrepreneurs out there that Dave has sat down with to share his wit and wisdom about the sauce business. For those lucky enough to have had Dave’s mentorship it would be akin to Babe Ruth teaching you how to hit a home run. 

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In addition to creating the world’s best selling BBQ Sauce Dave runs a chain of very successful Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue restaurants in Chicago. I can vouch from personal experience that there is some great BBQ being served day in and day out at Dave’s restaurants. In addition to sharing his knowledge of the sauce business, there are quite a few successful and up and coming BBQ restaurants out there that have benefited from Dave’s mentorship. It is clear that Dave’s influence in the sauce world has influenced the dinning habits of millions of Americans, but more important to Dave is how his influence has influenced the hundreds of people he’s been able to share his knowledge and wisdom with.

In addition to be generous with his time to fellow BBQ’ers, Dave is generous with his time in the community. He is co-founder of the Illinois BBQ Alliance, a group that raises money for and serves BBQ to folks in need in the community. There work has included feeding thousands of folks in need after natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes, including the recent tornadoes in Illinois. If you’d like to donate please click here

Dave’s influence on BBQ is vast and will continue to grow as he continues to pay it forward and ask those he helps to do the same when their time comes to pass their knowledge along to the next generation of BBQ’ers.

On December 20th we’ll unveil the 12th 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 14th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ. 

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 14: Aaron Franklin

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 14th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 14th Most Influential Person in BBQ is pitmaster and owner of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX, Aaron Franklin. 

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Aaron Franklin is in a league all by himself when it comes to accolades being showered upon a BBQ restaurant. You name the publication, from Bon Apetit to Texas Monthly to Food & Wine to the New York Times) and Franklin’s Franklin Barbecue has probably been heralded as one of the top BBQ joints in America, if not the top BBQ joint in America. If you want to talk about influence over eating, Franklin has so much influence over the taste buds of his customers that they will wait in line for hours in hopes that they arrived early enough to reach the meat counter before the SOLD OUT sign goes up on the door. Perhaps the most remarkable part of this success story is that Franklin opened his restaurant in 2009 and obtained his status as one of BBQ’s few celebrity chefs in only a few years.

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Franklin gained even more notoriety on Destination America’s hit TV show BBQ Pitmasters, where he joined Myron Mixon and Tuffy Stone as a judge. Franklin opted to retire as a full-time judge on BBQ Pitmasters in 2013 to focus more on his restaurant and other projects. We can’t wait to see what Franklin’s next project will be, but we’re certain he will continue to influence the world of BBQ restaurants like no one else to the point where they have been elevated to and compared to fine dinning establishments.  

On December 19th we’ll unveil the 13th 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 15th through the 25th Most Influential People in 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 15: Chris Lilly

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 15th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 15th Most Influential Person in BBQ is pitmaster and owner of Big Bob Gibson BBQ and spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal, Chris Lilly.

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Chris Lilly’s Big Bob Gibson BBQ has one of the most famous and enduring pedigree’s in the world of BBQ. Founded in 1925, this BBQ joint has one claim to fame that I’m not sure any other BBQ joint out there can make, they invented their own style of BBQ sauce – the world famous White BBQ Sauce. Lilly might have inherited a BBQ juggernaut, but he certainly hasn’t coasted on its coattails. He’s added his own chapter to the Big Bob Gibson legacy, and it’s a chapter as thick with honors and influence as any other chapter in the institutions 4 generation history.

Lilly’s influence spans many facets of BBQ including competition BBQ, restaurants, cookbooks, TV personality, product spokesman and retail products. On the competition circuit there has been no pitmaster with more success at Memphis in May in the Pork category. Lilly is a three time Memphis in May Grand Champion and seven time winner of the Pork category. Other competition accolades include Grand Champion of the American Royal Invitational, Reserve Grand Champion of the Jack, winner of the inaugural King of the Smoker and first place ribs at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo World Championships. Lilly also has an award winning line of BBQ Sauces and spice rubs that are found in retailers throughout the country. In 2009 Lilly wrote his first cookbook, The Big Bob Gibson BBQ Book – one of the best BBQ cookbooks to come out in recent memory.

Big Bob

Perhaps Lilly’s biggest influence on BBQ comes as spokesman for one of the two biggest names in BBQ, Kingsford Charcoal. Through his relationship with Kingsford Lilly uses his platform to educate BBQers on not just the merits of using Kingsford, but also on the traditions of BBQ, helping to create more and more BBQ lovers throughout the United States and world. Lilly is also a frequent competitor and judge on BBQ themed TV shows like BBQ Pitmasters and Best in Smoke. When it comes to influence Lilly dips his toes into many facets of BBQ and is working hard everyday to spread his love of BBQ throughout the country.

On December 18th we’ll unveil the 14th 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 16th through the 25th Most Influential People in 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 16: Sterling Ball

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 16th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 16th Most Influential Person in BBQ is pitmaster and founder of Big Poppa Smokers, Sterling Ball.

Sterling Ball

For most of us, it would be a major accomplishment to be on one list of Most Influential People, but Sterling Ball, who comes in at number 16 on our list of the Most Influential People in BBQ might just find himself on a similar list in the music industry as head of Ernie Ball guitar strings. The fact is you probably wouldn’t have found Sterling on this list a couple of years ago, but there is no faster mover in today’s BBQ world than Sterling Ball. As a relative newcomer to the world of BBQ, Ball can already claim one of the sports most prestigious titles – American Royal Invitational Champion, that goes well with his dozens of other calls. Ball doesn’t make our list for his competition success however. He sits at number 16 because of his innovative nature and desire to change the landscape of competition BBQ.

King of the Smoker

In 2012 Ball launched the inaugural King of the Smoker contests that pitted 24 of the nations top competition teams on perhaps the most level playing field of any contest. Each team is required to cook the same meat, use no garnish (that probably doesn’t upset them!), and are allowed no electricity to assist in their cook. With a generous prize purse, unparalleled hospitality and accommodations at one of America’s premier resorts, King of the Smoker, in only it’s second year is already being called the best competition in BBQ by the lucky teams who’ve been invited to compete. Perhaps the coolest part of the King of the Smoker concept is Ball’s desire to get the public involved and excited about BBQ by asking the competition teams to provide an education seminar on topics ranging from pits, to chicken cooking to injections & marinades. 

In addition to hosting the King of the Smoker contest Ball and his Online BBQ Supply Store, Big Poppa Smokers, formed the BPS Elite Team program in 2013 to raise money for children’s charities. In his spare time he has developed a line of championship rubs that many of the nations top teams are turning to in hopes of securing the ever harder to obtain GC’s, RGC’s and 1st place category calls. We’re big fans of the Jalleluja Seasoned Jalapeno Salt. We’ll be interesting to see what Ball has up his sleeve next.

On December 17th we’ll unveil the 15th 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 17th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

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 17: Rod Gray

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 17th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 17th Most Influential Person in BBQ is pitmaster of Pellet Envy and founder of Eat Barbecue, Rod Gray.

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There may not be a harder working person in barbecue than Rod Gray. Rod is one of the few people in barbecue that make their living competing on the professional competition BBQ circuit through contest winnings and team sponsorship’s. There is no telling how many miles a year Rod puts on his truck as he zigs and zags his way across the United States from Coast to Coast. The one thing that we can tell is that you can only rely on competition BBQ as your profession if you are more than good, you’ve got to be among the best.

Gray is without question one of the best in the world of competition BBQ. Pellet Envy is the winningest team in competition BBQ since 2006. His accomplishments include being named the 2009 Kansas City Barbeque Society Team of the Year, Grand Champion of the 2013 season of BBQ Pitmasters and winner of the 2012 BBQ Pitmasters Kansas City Episode, and 55 Grand Championships since 2002.

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No single individual in competition BBQ has played a more influential role in the world of barbecue education than Rod Gray. His acclaimed Pellet Envy School of Competition BBQ sales out as fast as a Beatles Reunion Tour would. There are hundreds if not thousands of Rod’s students across the country who have taken the fundamentals learned in a Pellet Envy class and turned them into their own GC’s and first place category calls. The item that set Rod’s class apart from other classes from the start is that he was the first to walk his students step by step through his entire competition cooking process.

In 2012 Gray introduced a line of BBQ Sauce and Spice Rub called Eat Barbecue that have proven to be very successful in competition use during the 2013 season.

On December 16th we’ll unveil the 16th 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 18th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

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 January 1, 2014 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 18: Brad Orrison

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 18th Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 18th Most Influential Person in BBQ is founder, pitmaster and Head Shedhed of The Shed, Brad Orrison.

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If Rodney Dangerfield and Nikola Tesla were reincarnated into a single funny man/mad scientist of barbecue they would find that they weren’t the first. That honor would go to The Shed’s Brad Orrison, a guy who never seems to be having a bad day and is always looking for ways to use his genius to transform your trash into his barbecue treasure. Orrison could just as easily be listed as the definition of “The American Dream” in any reputable dictionary. 

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Orrison’s journey to barbecue influence began were, most likely, no one else’s began – in the dumpsters and garbage piles surrounding Ole Miss University. Upon graduation Orrison hauled his pile of junk, or treasure, back home to Ocean Springs, MS and decided to build a barbeque joint from the contents of that pile after an epiphany. The Shed’s more than decade run and Orrison’s loyal followers known as “ShedHeds” are just two example of his influence in the world of barbecue. In 2012 when The Shed burned it rose from the ashes as if it were a Phoenix thanks to the efforts of those loyal ShedHeds and their contribution of junk to rebuild the restaurant in record time. 

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The Shed competition team lead by Orrison is a fixture at Memphis in May and other major barbecue contests in the South. This year The Shed won the Memphis in May Whole Hog World Championship with their innovative “Running Hog” presentation.

In 2013 Brad and his crew of Shed Heads debuted The Shed on the Food Network. That wasn’t Orrison’s first Food Network appearance, in 2011 he joined his sister Brooke as contestants on the Food Network’s show Best in Smoke. Orrison is also a respected barbecue judge and has been invited to judge some of the most important barbecue contests including the Kingsford Invitational.

Orrison’s influence on barbecue is fueled by his big personality and wide grin. Be it through his innovative entrepreneurial spirit, successful restaurants, World Championship barbecue team, line of sauces and rubs or presence on national television, Orrison is among a limited few vying to lead the next generation of great pitmasters and barbecue entrepreneurs. His influence will be felt for many years to come as he continues to take his barbecue to new levels. 

On December 15th we’ll unveil the 17th 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 announced the 19th through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

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.

 

MAC & SMOKED CHEESE

MAC & SMOKED CHEESE
Serves 8
Try this smoky twist on an old classic with the addition of three different smoked cheeses! Nothing warms your soul on a cold winter night like the warmth from all kinds of melty cheesy goodness!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound Elbow Macaroni
  2. 8 Tablespoons Butter, divided
  3. 3 cups Rustic Breadcrumbs, coarse crumbs
  4. 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  5. ¼ cup Flour
  6. 4 cups Whole Milk
  7. ½ White Onion, finely diced
  8. 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  9. 1 Tablespoon Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub
  10. 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, minced
  11. ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
  12. 6 ounces Smoked Cheddar Cheese, grated
  13. 6 ounces Smoked Gouda Cheese, grated
  14. 6 ounces Smoked Mozzarella, grated
  15. Salt & Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni. Drain the macaroni when it is just becoming al dente and toss with 2 tablespoons of butter.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat, add garlic, pinch of salt and the breadcrumbs. Cook, tossing frequently, until the breadcrumbs are a light brown. Once lightly browned set aside to cool.
  4. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour slowly and constantly for 3-4 minutes. Whisk in the milk then add onion, smoked paprika, Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub, chipotle peppers, and nutmeg. Simmer and whisk occasionally until mixture begins to thicken. Once it begins to thicken whisk in the smoked cheddar, smoked gouda and smoked mozzarella, stirring to incorporate into the sauce.
  5. Stir the macaroni into the sauce then pour into a large baking dish that has been greased. Sprinkle breadcurmbs on top of the macaroni..
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until you see bubbling on the edges and the breadcrumbs are becoming browned.
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The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 19: Johnny Trigg

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 19th Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 19th Most Influential Person in BBQ is pitmaster of Smokin’ Triggers, Johnny Trigg.

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Trigg, better known as the Godfather of BBQ, is unquestionably a living legend on the competition barbecue circuit, driving thousands of miles and cooking dozens of contests each year since 1990. Trigg’s competition team, Smokin’ Triggers, comprised of Trigg and wife Trish, hold the distinct honor of being the only team to win the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational in Lynchburg, TN twice, in 2000 and 2003. Trigg is also widely known as one of the best rib cooks in the history of competition barbecue.

Over the past few years Trigg has become a mainstay on barbecue related television shows including his appearance as one of the original cast members of BBQ Pitmasters in 2009. Trigg returned to an updated BBQ Pitmasters format in 2012 and was crowned BBQ Pitmasters Grand Champion. 

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In 2010 Trigg along with well-known pitmasters Myron Mixon, Jamie Geer, & Tuffy Stone traveled to Kuwait to feed U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. This trip has recently been turned into a documentary film, The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait, by BBQ Pitmasters producer John Markus.

Trigg’s influence in the world of barbecue was recognized and had an exclamation point added to it in 2012 when he was inducted into the National Barbecue Hall of Fame at the 2012 American Royal. If that isn’t enough to convince you of Trigg’s influence on the world of barbecue spend a few minutes observing his cook site at a barbecue contest and you’ll see Trigg’s countless admirers seeking a picture or a few minutes to chat with one of BBQ’s living legends. 

On December 14th we’ll unveil the 18th 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 announced the 20th through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

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.