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Pork Barrel BBQ’s own Heath Hall to Appear on The Travel Channel’s New Show American Grilled

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We are very happy to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ’s own Heath Hall will appear on the Travel Channel’s new show American Grilled. Tune in on Wednesday, July 9th at 9pm EST/8pm CST to see Heath battle it out with three other masters of the grill for the title of Grill Master!

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For a sneak peak of the show check out this Sneak Peak video:

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins 2014 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

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June 25, 2014

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Pork Barrel BBQ Wins 2014 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Grand Champion Competition BBQ Team Qualifies to Compete at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational and Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Washington, DC (June 25, 2014) – The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team has been crowned the Grand Champion of the 2014 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. As winner of the only barbecue championship in Washington, D.C. sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society the team receives an automatic invitation to two of the most prestigious contests on the professional barbecue competition circuit – the American Royal World Series of Barbecue KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest in Kansas City, Missouri and the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

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“It is always an honor to win a Grand Championship, but to win a contest like the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle with such a strong field of teams in our own backyard is as good as it gets,” said Heath Hall, co-founder and President of Pork Barrel BBQ. “If it weren’t for our amazing sponsors Reser’s Fine Foods, ICEHOLE Coolers, Butcher BBQ, East Coast Smokin’ Wood and Meyer Natural Angus, we wouldn’t be able to compete on the highest level of competition barbecue.”

“It’s a huge honor to be named Grand Champion at the Safeway Barbecue Battle for the second time in four years,” said Brett Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ. “It is especially meaningful to win in our hometown where we founded our barbecue sauce company and opened the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant.”

Over 100,000 people attended the 22nd annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC during the two-day competition on June 21st and 22nd. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team competed against multiple current and former world champion barbecue teams in this year’s contest including Tuffy Stone’s Cool Smoke, Myron Mixon’s Jack’s Old South and Johnny Trigg’s Smokin Triggers. In addition to being named Grand Champion, the team also won the Perdue Sizzlin Chicken National Chicken Championship and took third place in the National Pork Championship.

This is the sixth consecutive year the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team has competed in the  Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. There is extra meaning to this competition for Hall and Thompson as it marked the first contest they competed in as Pork Barrel BBQ in 2009 and was the site of their first Grand Championship in 2011. It is also the contest that helped launch their line of national award-winning BBQ sauces when they entered their favorite homemade BBQ Sauce in the contests 2009 “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and won Second Place. A year later, in 2010, their Sweet BBQ Sauce was named the event’s “Chinet People’s Choice” award winner for best BBQ sauce.

The sauce company’s co-founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, are recognized as two of the most creative and entrepreneurial minds in barbecue. Since their appearance on ABC’s hit reality TV show Shark Tank in 2009, they have expanded their business from creating BBQ sauces and spice rubs in their home kitchens to selling their national award-winning BBQ products in more than 5,000 stores in the United States, Canada and Europe including Safeway, Costco, Menards, Whole Foods, Giant, The Fresh Market, Kroger, Albertsons, and Giant Eagle. Their BBQ sauces have been named the Supreme BBQ Sauce in America by Cook’s Illustrated magazine, Best BBQ Sauce in America by Men’s Health magazine and One of the Best BBQ Sauces in America by Country Living magazine and they have been named to the list of Best New BBQ Pit Masters and Grill Geniuses by Food & Wine magazine.

In addition to producing award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs the company is the maker of Que Cologne – the world’s first Eau de Barbeque, operate the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia and their inaugural cookbook, the free Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to Tailgating, received praise from food and sports fans across America. They continue to earn support from avid barbecue fans with their top-ranked Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and as the most followed BBQ company on twitter (http://www.twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq).

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter and the company’s blog.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the “American Dream.” Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ products one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub were carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. Since then, the team has won dozens of awards, including the 2012 Sam’s Club National Barbecue Championship in Pleasantville, NJ, the 2011 and 2014 Perdue National Chicken Championships, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011 and 2014, the “Chinet People’s Choice” award for best BBQ sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis in May and Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ competition accolades as well as having their Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce named the Supreme BBQ Sauce by Cook’s Illustrated magazine and Best Sauce in America and one of “The 125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health magazine. For more information, visit www.porkbarrelbbq.com and follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).

 

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Delaware Triple Threat BBQ – Results & Recap

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The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team kicked off the 2014 competition season in Harrington, Delaware this past weekend at the first annual Delaware State Fair’s Triple Threat BBQ Festival. With 109 teams competing, Triple Threat became the largest inaugural competition in Kansas City Barbeque Society history. Congratulations to Sandy Fulton and her team on running such an exceptional first year contest. In addition to the well run contest the weather couldn’t have been any better, the 70 degree temperatures were a nice break from the Mid-Atlantic’s long and cold winter.

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It was good getting back in the swing of things and competing against one of the strongest fields of teams we are likely to face in 2014. Given that this was our first cook of the year we were pleased with our results and figured out a couple of adjustments that we need to make in future contests.

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One of the things we were most excited about was getting to break out our new ICEHOLE Coolers. All I can say is wow, the ICEHOLE Coolers did not disappoint. The ICEHOLE M1 Cooler is the perfect size for a KCBS competition. We were able to fit 24 chicken thighs, 4 slabs of ribs, 2 pork butts, 2 briskets, lettuce and parsley with plenty of ice to keep them cool with no problem. 

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We were also very excited to begin our sponsorship with East Coast Smokin’ Woods. They really hooked us up with a nice load of Hickory, White Oak & Cherry. We had a lot of people come up and ask us about our wood thanks to the huge pile we had on site. Somehow we found a way to get all our gear and all this wood into the truck to bring home.

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We finished 25th out of 109 teams in Chicken and won our table with a 163.4288. Our chicken was moist, but I think the skin could have used a little more time on the pit to get a slightly better bite through. I’m looking forward to spending some practice time between now and the next contest testing out several new recipes using Butcher BBQ Bird Booster

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We finished 32nd out of 109 teams in Ribs and took second place on our table with a 159.9772. I honestly thought ribs was our best turn-in of the weekend. They had a nice flavor and a perfect bite. We had one slab that we thought was nice enough to get 8 bones out of. 

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We got our only call and finished 8th out of 109 teams in Pork and took second place on our table with a 168.5828. We slightly modified our pork recipe from last year, but still rubbed the Pork Butts down with our Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce prior to applying any rub, and if first impressions are any indications of things to come it looks like they were good modifications. Thanks to Butcher BBQ for their excellent Pork Injection.

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We finished 47th out of 109 teams in Brisket and took second place on our table with a 153.6916. If there is one place we can point to not having our Competition BBQ sea legs under us yet in 2014 it was in Brisket. Early Saturday morning I was having a nice conversation with Scottie Johnson of Cancer Sucks Chicago as I was wrapping my briskets. I had apparently unscrewed the lid on the bottle I had my brisket marinade in and as I grabbed it to use I decided I needed to shake it up, completely forgetting that I had unscrewed the lid. The result was very little marinade to use on my briskets and a very well marinaded smoker. Given that we ended up cooking these briskets with a lot less marinade than usually we were pleased with where we finished. We’re also looking forward to the next competition where we get to upgrade our meat and start cooking with Meyer Natural Angus briskets!

Overall

We finished 17th out of 109 teams with a score of 645.6804. Not a bad way to start the season considering the field included teams like Aporkalypse Now, 3 Eyz BBQ, Chix, Swine & Bovine, Cancer Sucks Chicago & Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ.

Congratulations to Aporkalypse Now on being named Grand Champion (thier second GC in two weeks) and Finn’s Finest BBQ on being named Reserve Grand Champion and Delaware State Champions by MABA.

A huge thank you to our sponsors – Reser’s Fine Foods, ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, Butcher BBQ & Meyer Natural Angus – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!

We’ve got some time off between now and our next contest. We’ll see you in Evans, GA on Memorial Day weekend for Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que!

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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.  

A big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors – Reser’s Fine Foods, Butcher BBQ, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, ICEHOLE Coolers and Meyer Natural Angus!

 

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.