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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

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

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

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

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

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

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

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

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

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