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Tailgate Guys BBQ Show, Episode 27: "Dr. BBQ" and Kelly Wertz

Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast

Release Date: 07/23/2019

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On Episode 114 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast, we recap Memphis in May by welcoming Pork Shoulder World Champions Tim Scheer and Brad Leighninger. The Missouri duo combined to lead Team Blues Hog onto a world stage and they talk about how they did it.

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Myron Mixon is known as the winningest man in BBQ and this week will be shooting for his fifth Memphis in May World Championship. A compelling figure for his role on the iconic television program BBQ Pitmasters, we welcome Myron to Episode 113 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast.

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On Episode 27 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show, we visit with a Doctor and a Cowboy who have been around an open-fire pit or two in long cooking careers.

Ray Lampe is known as “Dr. BBQ” for his many ventures, including pitmaster, author and television personality. Known for his love of ’Q and long, white goatee since an impromptu cook at the Mike Royko Rib Fest in his native Chicago in 1982, Lampe recently added restaurateur to his long resume. He tells us about the “Dr. BBQ Restaurant” in St. Petersburg, Florida, along with his take on the state of modern BBQ, kale salad and his beloved Chicago Bears - plus much, much more.

This is one visit to “The Doctor” that you won’t mind one bit.

The second half of the program features one of America’s top competition pitmasters. Kelly Wertz of "4 Legs Up' has won the Jack Daniels Invitational and American Royal among other big contests during his 16-year competition career. The Nebraska native who lives in Great Bend, Kansas, is easily recognized on the circuit for his big-brimmed, western hat and cowboy boots. He’s having a tremendous year, ranking third in the KCBS Team of the Year points race.

We hope everybody enjoys the show and finds time to fire up the grill. Next week, we’ll chat with one of Texas’ BBQ icons, Ernest Servantes. Until then, #SmokeEmIfYouGotEm