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Tailgate Guys BBQ Show, Episode 59: Brad Leighninger, Nick Parsons

Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast

Release Date: 03/31/2020

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After running hard in 2023, cooking 44 contests as he successfully chased KCBS Team of the Year honors, Jordan Kirkpatrick and Janky Leg BBQ has slowed the pace a bit this season. But after an addition to the family and a home remodel project, Janky Leg is back and ready for a big second half, evidenced by the team’s first GC of the year last weekend in Cameron, Mo. On Episode 269 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, Jordan Kirkpatrick tells us about his mind-set looking ahead as he also reflects on last season. Our “Under the Radar” segment, where we visit with up-and-coming competition...

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On Episode 268 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we visit with one of the top teams on the West Coast - and one of the best in the USA. Dave and Shirin Mara from Meat Candy Q out of El Cajon, Calif., is enjoying a terrific 2024 season with one KCBS Grand Championship and and three RGCs in just 10 competitions. Meat Candy is sixth in the Team of the Year race and we catch up with Dave and Shirin to inquire about what’s working and why they’ve decided to make an upcoming three-week, five-competition swing through the hot and humid central part of the country.  Then it’s time to check...

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Happy 4th of July to all! To celebrate, Episode 267 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast features two great guests. Leading off is one of the best to ever light a pit, BBQ Hall of Famer Darren Warth from Iowa Smokey D’s. While he’s won more than 100 grand championships during his career, including multiple majors, Darren accomplished a first last weekend in Idaho as he won a KCBS competition by cooking all four meats on one Gateway Drum Smoker. We visit with “The GOAT” about how he did it, what still drives him to compete and about his latest BBQ adventure in his hometown of Des Moines,...

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Mike and Nichole Mulkey of Mulkey’s BBQ from St. Louis are one of the many successful husband-wife competition BBQ teams in the country. On Episode 266 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we learn how they work together after Mulkey’s won the Grand Championship at the 172-team Great Lenexa BBQ Battle. The back-to-back St. Louis BBQ Society Team of the Year has a shared passion for BBQ and the competition it provides since they began just a few years ago.  We also hear from Skyler Spartan from The Grill Guys of Missouri with the latest from the Republic, Missouri, BBQ store. Look for The...

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We asked for nominations for up-and-coming competition BBQ pitmasters or teams and our listeners delivered with lots of great suggestions. This week on Episode 265 of the Tailgate Guys BBGQ Podcast, we bring you an extended “Under the Radar” segment with Joe Wilson and B.J. Searcy from the northern California team Cherry Anchor BBQ. Despite only doing a handful of KCBS Master’s Series events, Joe and B.J. have been quick studies in success, with two Grand Championships to their credit so far this year.  We also talk it over with Skyler Spartan about the latest news from The Grill...

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On Episode 264 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, our “Under the Radar” segment returns by popular demand. This week, our look at an up-and-coming pitmaster focuses on Kansas City’s Lane York of Aww Shucks BBQ. York’s primary focus has been on KCBS Backyard competition so far, but he’s done well in limited Masters’ Series attempts and does so without all the bells and whistles.  We also check in with Richard Fergola of Fergolicious BBQ for the latest happenings at Proud Souls BBQ and Provisions. “Fergie” also reviews his memorable week at Smoke Slam in Memphis and previews...

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It’s an action packed Episode 263 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast with an assortment of guests with good info and stories to tell. First up at the 9:26 mark is Charles Simpson, with a preview of the National High School BBQ Championships coming up this weekend (June 7-9) in Branson, Missouri. As director of the Missouri High School BBQ Association and coach of Osceola High School’s teams in west-central Missouri, Simpson runs down the format in Branson and talks about the growth of high school BBQ and the life skills to the youngsters that will extend beyond their teen years. We love it...

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The 6th annual KCBS World Invitational was held over Memorial Day Weekend in Lebanon, Tenn., and on Episode 262 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast we talk it over with both of the big winners. Drew Davis of Razorracks BBQ out of Pleasant Plains, Ark., has won 28 KCBS Grand Championships during his career. But Drew and wife Chelsey picked up their biggest title when Razorracks scored a 708.548 to top the 81-team World Invitational. Razorracks also was a solid third in the Open the day before and Drew discusses the weekend, what it’s like being a “canopy cooker” dealing with the elements and...

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We’re all about celebrating the iconic BBQ teams on the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, but we also love to shine the spotlight on those up-and-coming teams who achieve big things. This week on Episode 261, we focus on Barking Dog BBQ out of Kansas City, a team of childhood friends Dave Lillis, Kevin Bunting and Brian Tuttle. Barking Dog BBQ (we explore the origin and meaning of that unique team name) just won its first career KCBS Grand Championship and we talk the guys about their love of BBQ and how they’ve been able to take it to a championship level. We also talk Memorial Day Weekend...

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Episode 260 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast takes us to the Phoenix area to visit with Kyle Matuszewski, owner-operator of Your Behind BBQ restaurant in Florence. Kyle is a long-time competitor on the Steak Cookoff Association and KCBS trails and he’s parlayed that success into a red-hot start in the restaurant business. Kyle breaks down his story which includes how a restaurant owner deals with his first 1-star Yelp review.  Brad Colter and Breana Via from Smoke N Magic BBQ stop by for their weekly segment, reviewing their recent trip down under to participate in Meatstock Sydney....

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The coronavirus has changed life for all. Brad Leighninger has been affected in many ways with three BBQ restaurants and as one of competition's best pitmasters with Gettin' Basted. On this week's show, he touches on those subjects - plus the re-branding of The BBQ League.

Also on the show is Nick Parsons from Hasty Bake Charcoal Grills, a long-time company that's making a new push in the competition world in SCA. Nick tells us about the new 357 Hasty Bake and its features.

Thanks to our sponsors Blues Hog, Code 3 Spices, The Butcher Shoppe, The BBQ Central Show, Royal Oak Charcoal, DDR Fabrication and Affordable Income Tax & Payroll.

Stay safe. We'll talk to everyone again next week.