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St. Louis BBQ & Its History

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Tennessee River BBQ Battle 2022

What sounds more like a Civil War re-enactment, the Tennessee River Battle

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Memphis in May 2022 – World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition

Once again, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition for 2022 in Memphis,

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Smoke on the Plains Derby BBQ Fest

If you’re stumbling around downtown Derby in Kansas around June 10th and

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Ozarks BBQ Fest – Event History, Coverage & Results

This year’s Ozark BBQ Fest started off with much anticipation and actually

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Cajun Cookoff in St. Louis – A Mardi Gras Celebration

Cajun Cookoff -February 12, 2022 Did someone say Crewe in the Lou?

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When it comes to competitions, it doesn't get any bigger than the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS). We report the latest happenings from 100s of barbeque contests held in the USA and throughout the world.  

Competitive style BBQ has came a long way from its humble beginnings stemming from local chili cookoffs. The first BBQ competition was the Cow County BBQ Cookout in June 3, 1972 in Unvalued, Texas but the story starts back in 1942 with Quay Franklin, and  Bob “Barbecue King” Grimes.

Today each year there are over 50 major competitions held throughout the US and 100s worldwide. No matter your experience in the competitive grilling and BBQ circuit we feature all the stories, tips, and information you need to level up your cooking game. 

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What is the Squirrel Cookoff Championship?

The Squirrel Cookoff was started by Joe Wilson in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2013. It came to be after Joe claimed he could in fact cook squirrels, when asked by one of the crew members of the Travel Channel while filming an episode of Bizarre Foods which he was helping out on. To take it a step further he said, "not only do we cook squirrels, but we throw the World Championship Cook-off" A short few weeks later came to be the first Squirrel Cookoff. Read More

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Product Reviews

Yielding the perfect rack of ribs doesn't require top of the line BBQ products, but it helps. We know that you don't need the best smoker or meat smoking gadgets to make great tasting barbecue. But, having quality cookers and temperature monitoring devices help close the gap between a novice and pitmaster. This is why we review top selling smokers, grills, cookbooks, BBQ sauces, BBQ tools to bring you our top selections. Squirrel Cookoff is well-known among the competition circuit and we use our experience to make recommendations you can count on.  Reviews are made made possible with collaboration from Smoking Meat Geeks

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The Great Chili Cookoff Cheater

BBQ has been, and always will be, about taking pride in the way meat is prepared and cooked. Here’s unique story of what can happen when the pride of producing great BBQ is no longer part of the equation.

Ever wanted something so bad you were willing to take extreme measures to achieve it? Well, in this case, our subject wasn’t after 1st place but instead, some basic free BBQ swag. What? This story is a must read for anyone who as ever entered a chili cookoff or cooking competition. [READ]

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The People of BBQ

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Best BBQ Tips from Pitmasters

We’ve rounded up some expert advice on key topics that has been

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Kevin Bludso – A Pitmaster from Compton to Stardom

Kevin Bludso has the name and the fame along with plenty of

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Matt Horn – California BBQ Pitmaster Changing the Scene

Once and a while you’ll get the newest shining star of the

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John Mueller – Texas’ BBQ Dark Prince

Some barbecue folks are the stuff of legends similar to King Arthur

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Eli Goldman, BBQ Legend of Queens

While some pitmasters are just using Kosher salt for their brisket, here’s

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