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Tailgate Guys BBQ Show, Episode 16: Sterling Smith

Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast

Release Date: 05/08/2019

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One of the iconic figures in BBQ joins us on Episode 204 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast. Ed Maurin was a member of the KCBS Board of Directors in the organization’s early days, when he battled the likes of Johnny Trigg, Ray Lampe and Jeff Stehney on the competition circuit. Honing his skills as a Kansas City firefighter, “Fast Eddy” would modify Traeger cookers to his liking, often raising eyebrows - and interest - from fellow competitors. By 1997, Maurin had developed his own line of FEC (Fast Eddy Cookers) that would revolutionize the pellet-cooking industry for restaurants and food...

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Cooking in brutally cold weather can test the best pitmasters, physically and mentally. That was the case last weekend at the Qlathe BBQ Championship in Olathe, Kansas, where Justin Bowman of Bull Creek BBQ overcame temps in the teens and gusty winds to prevail in a 68-team field to earn the Grand Championship. On Episode 203 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, the Paola, Kansas, cook talked about some improvising to meet the arctic-like challenges while reviewing his career in competition BBQ. We also go back “Under the Radar” and learn the story of another aspiring, up-and-coming...

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Chris Webb of Colorado’s Bushmaster BBQ had a weekend to remember at the Kansas City Barbeque Society's BBQ & Brew Fest - Best in the Southwest, in Yuma, Arizona. Chris scored not one, not two but THREE perfect 180s en route to the Grand Championship and we visit with him about the rare trifecta on Episode 202 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast. Chris, who’s also a managing partners in Proud Souls BBQ & Provisions, has been one of the nation’s hottest competition cooks since the middle of 2022 and shows little sign of cooling off - though he does tell us about a break to teach a...

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They were a breakout competition BBQ team in 2022, winning their first KCBS Grand Championship and the Made for KC Grand Championship. The latter included putting their own menu creation and recipes in the new Made for KC BBQ Experience restaurant in a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. Brad Colter and Breana Via of Smoke N Magic BBQ are living an open-fire dream these days - while dealing with a whirlwind schedule for the just-opened restaurant. On Episode 201 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we visit with Brad and Breana about life and what’s ahead for the talented and...

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We celebrate a milestone of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast this week, with Episode 200. After three seasons and 154 shows on low-powered, local radio the move to podcast form in 2019 has been a good one as our audience has expanded to worldwide. A big thanks to all our guests and sponsors who made the content possible. Most of all, a big “thank you” to our listeners! Leading off the guest lineup this week are the leaders of the #ArkassippiCombo line of rubs and seasonings. John Lindsey from All Qued Up and Ronald Burns of Hotty Totty BBQ not only are two of the top steak cooks in the world,...

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Welcome to Episode 199 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, where we’re joined by one of the giants of competition BBQ and the guitar business. We stick mostly to open-fire-cooking talk during a wide-ranging conversation with Sterling “Big Poppa” Ball of Big Poppa Smokers. With 46 career KCBS Grand Championships and 40 Reserve Grands in 254 lifetime competitions, plus his own line of seasons, smokers and accessories, Sterling touches on the tough environment for competition these days, the glory days of his career, his remaining goals in BBQ and compares the creative process in cooking to...

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It’s been a crazy week in mid-America as Chiefs Kingdom celebrates its second Super Bowl championship in four years. On Episode 198 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we go to Kansas City to get a feel for the enthusiasm with Richard Fergola of Fergolicious BBQ and Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions. Before he joined half a million red-clad friends at the victory parade, Richard discussed a variety of topics beyond football, including his two recent KCBS competition in Florida and some big doings at the new Proud Souls Barbecue Kansas City where they’re raffling off a $17,500 Yoder...

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The ultimate combination of food and football arrives this Sunday and we take a preview of Super Bowl XVII on Episode 197 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast. First up, representing the Kansas City Chiefs, is Megan Day of Burnt Finger BBQ. Megan, a former Food Network Chopped Grillmasters champion, will be featured on NBC’s Today Show at 8:30 a.m. Friday showing off the best of Kansas City-style BBQ. But first, we ask Megan about her food plans for Super Sunday, how to improve your open-fire cooking experience and what’s ahead for Burnt Finger BBQ in 2023.  We then take a trip to...

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In his relatively brief competition BBQ career, Bill Purvis and Chicken Fried BBQ has enjoyed considerable success cooking in various sanctioning bodies. But Bill’s Grand Championship at last weekend’s San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo BBQ Cookoff was his biggest to date. We catch up with Bill on Episode 196 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast to review the victory, discuss what it’s like cooking with cameras from the Food Network show BBQ USA following his every move and his soon-to-be expanding product line. Randy Vanslyke of High I Que BBQ also joins us to preview his upcoming BBQ...

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We’re back!!! Season 5 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast debuts with a powerhouse conversation with one of the great ambassadors. He’s a United States Navy veteran who worked more than two decades on the night shift at the Des Moines, Iowa water treatment plant cooking BBQ in his spare time and bursting onto the scene as a contestant and judge on the groundbreaking television show BBQ Pitmasters. After retiring a few years ago, Big Moe Cason is now a full-time BBQ man, traveling the USA and the world spreading the good word of Q. Moe joins us to preview a busy 2023 and unveils plans to team...

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Welcome to Episode 16 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast. We hope everyone is having a great week and getting outside to cook up some great ‘Q’ as National BBQ Month gets into full swing.

Our featured guest this week is Sterling Smith of Scottsdale, Arizona’s Loot’n Booty BBQ. Sterling not only is a world-class competition pitmaster, he teaches classes all over the world, has a great line of Loot’n Booty rubs and sauces and is simply an all-around great guy. On this week’s show, Sterling tells about how he went from serving in the United States Navy to working in the banking industry and into full-time BBQ.

This week’s “Under the Radar” segment takes us to Huntsville, Alabama and Rob Nelson of the backyard team Beer Pressure. You might have seen Rob - who’s a one-man team - and Stanley, his Great Dane, on the Destination America television show “Bama Q” which returns for season three this fall.

If you’re in mid-Missouri this Saturday, there’s an outstanding first-time benefit BBQ event in Columbia to help the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and the Missouri Firefighter's Museum. Firefighter and event organizer Jeff Strawn fills us in.

The guys also chat about invading the Memphis in May World BBQ Championship and horses changing lanes without signaling at the Kentucky Derby, along with Mother’s Day cooking plans.

Thanks for listening! Have a great BBQ Week!