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June 7, 2013

Happy Barbecue Pitmaster with Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven

  Sous Vide Supreme 3 gallon version   I have a confession . . . I’ve been suffering from water-oven envy for several years. As an enthusiastic home cook and nationally ranked BBQ pitmaster with 27 Grand Championships, California and

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May 20, 2013

Memphis In May 2013

Memphis In May 2013 2013 Memphis In May World Championship It’s hard not to tear up as I write this story enroute home from Memphis. The past three days was an intense emotional blur as I had an opportunity of

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May 7, 2013

Kingsford Factory Tour, Belle, Missouri

  Most of my fellow competitors on the competition circuit know I’ve been using Kingsford briquettes exclusively since my rookie days in 2008. I continue to use them because they work extremely well and are a great value. When the

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March 25, 2013

Austin Barbecue Crawl Weekend, Part 4 of 4, December 2012

  “Meat, smoke, and fire always makes me happy and lifts my spirits” In this last installment of my December 2012 Texas barbecue crawl weekend, we ate at seven places before running out of time to catch our Southwest flight

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March 16, 2013

8 important lessons learned from judging 8 World Champions, Missouri, November 2012

  8 important lessons learned from judging 8 World Champions at the Kingsford Invitational, Belle, Missouri, November 2012 I  was humbled to be selected among the thousands of barbecue judges and pitmasters in America to be part of the history

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February 19, 2013

Austin Barbecue Crawl Weekend, Part 3 of 4, December 2012

   “It’s never about the pit but the pitmaster” Goto Part 1, Part 2, Part 4 I awoke with great excitement as Day 2 of my Austin crawl would begin with the best barbecue restaurant in America.  I was

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February 11, 2013

Austin Barbecue Crawl Weekend, Part 2 of 4, December 2012

  “Close your eyes when you eat and you will taste more than you can imagine . . .” Goto Part 1, Part 3, Part 4 The first restaurant on the Austin eat list was the Salt Lick, chosen, in

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February 10, 2013

California Barbecue Association QFest Awards Ceremony, San Dimas, Feb 9, 2013

  Congratulations to Left Coast Q (Matt, Moe, Mathew, and James) for winning the California Barbecue Association (CBBQA) 2012 Season Team of the Year TOY! Every February, pitmasters, officials, judges, family, and friends from all over gather together at the

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February 7, 2013

Austin Barbecue Crawl Weekend, Part 1 of 4, December 2012

  “So many barbecue restaurants and so little time . . .” Goto Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 It’s been about 30 years since I’ve been back to Austin since my freshman days at Texas Tech in Lubbock in the

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January 25, 2013

2013 New Competition Chicken Rub – KCBS Chicken Champion 2012 Season

1st Place USA Champion 2012 I’m very excited to announce the sale of my Competition Chicken Rub!  It’s available exclusively at one of the most popular Internet BBQ websites called BigPoppaSmokers.com.  Sterling Ball, the owner of Big Poppa Smokers

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