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Pork Barrel BBQ Kicks Off 2014 Competition BBQ Season at Delaware Triple Threat BBQ Festival

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The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team will kick off the 2014 competition BBQ season April 11-12 in Harrington, DE at the inaugural Delaware State Fair’s Triple Threat BBQ Festival. With more than 100 teams from more than 15 states this is sure to be one tough competition. If you’re going to be In Harrington please stop by our cook site and say hello.  

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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.

 

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!!

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 8: Competition BBQ Pitmaster

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 8th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 8th Most Influential Person in BBQ is the Competition BBQ Pitmaster.

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On nearly every Thursday of the year in spots from coast-to-coast countless numbers of pitmasters are trimming meat, mixing their secret injections, sauces and rub concoctions, and hitting the road for a weekend of barbecue and fellowship and the hopes of hearing their name called last at the awards ceremony. This ever growing list of weekend barbecue warriors wields an enormous amount of influence over the world of barbecue. Their far reaching influence touches many industries inside and outside of barbecue including commercial sauces & rub producers, smoker & grill manufactures, cooler makers, knife & tool brands, and of course beer brewers and whisky distillers to name a few.   

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The existence and health of barbecue contest across the country are at the mercy of the competition pitmaster as the overwhelming majority of contests live and die by the number of pitmasters who choose to cook a particular contest. Contests that have attained legendary status  have often come by that status through the word and mouth of pitmasters communicating to other pitmasters. Their influence can also be felt as they share their knowledge to first time competition pitmasters – if one thing is certain it is that these masters of the pit are eager to share their love of BBQ with the next generation of pitmasters. 

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Many competition pitmasters have dipped their toes into a number of facets of barbecue, including restaurants, sauces and rubs and cookbooks, which have helped to increase their influence. Perhaps the greatest area of influence that many of the thousands of competition pitmasters have is in their communities where their kindness and generosity help raise money for charities and feed those in need through groups like the Illinois Barbeque Alliance and Operation BBQ Relief.   

As the popularity of BBQ, and specifically competition BBQ, grows, these weekend BBQ warriors will continue to be some of the most influential people in the BBQ.

On December 25th we’ll unveil the 7th 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 9th through the 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

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 9: Mike Mills

Today we continue the countdown to the Most Influential Person in BBQ with the 9th most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 9th Most Influential Person in BBQ is 17th Street Bar & Grill Owner, Pitmaster of the Apple City BBQ Team and author, Mike Mills.  

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Mike Mills and his Apple City BBQ team of the 1990’s were as dominate as the Ruth or Mantle led New York Yankees or the UCLA Bruin basketball teams of the 1960’s and 70’s. Mills and Apple City partner Pat Burke were among the first true stars of competition barbecue during a period of time that started to see the sports growth. It may be cliché to say, but Mills is among the original pioneers of the sport that paved the path for the many teams who now enjoy success and make a living from barbecue. 

Although less visible on the competition circuit today, by choice as he tends his many barbecue related ventures, it is hard to attend a barbecue competition and not hear Mills name come up more than a few times. 2013 could be viewed in the barbecue world much like 1994 was in the music world when the Eagles launched their Hell Freezes Over tour. This year Mills and Burke got the band back together and cooked their first Memphis in May in 18 years as well as cooking The Jack again for the first time in years.

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It’s not like Mills had taken an 18 year vacation, he was busy building one of the country’s most successful barbecue restaurant ventures, 17th Street Bar & Grill, with three locations in Illinois and its spinoff Memphis Championship Barbecue in Las Vegas, NV. Additionally he is the mastermind behind the duel MBN/KCBS sanctioned Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off which has become one of the few “Bucket List” barbecue contests that every team would like to cook at least once in their career.

Perhaps Mills proudest accomplishment in barbecue is sharing his love of all things barbecue with his daughter Amy. This father-daughter duo are the most influential father-daughter tandem in the world of barbecue. Their 2005 book Peace Love and Barbecue is one of the most acclaimed books ever written about barbecue and contains an excellent collection of recipes and barbecue stores (you be the judge if their fact or fiction). Their family barbecue empire also includes Oncue Consulting, which offers a wide array of courses on the business of barbecue including classes on starting your own barbecue restaurant and how to master catering.

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Mike Mills is a legend of barbecue, having won multiple titles at Memphis in May and too many other awards to count, but he is also one of the most influential people in BBQ. He has influenced the world of barbecue for many years and it doesn’t look like he plans to slow down anytime soon.

On December 24th we’ll unveil the 8th 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 10th through the 25th Most Influential People in 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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.