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End your week on a high note with the Coda, a brand new music podcast from Brian Hastie and Rob Kristoffersen. Each bi-weekly episode will touch on music news and rumours, an in-depth look at a specific topic, as well as recommendations to fill your earholes with after each episode is done. We'll be discussing artists ranging from Aaron Carter to Frank Zappa, and you can count on Brian waxing poetic for his love of nu-metal. The Coda, available every second Friday on every platform where pod ...
 
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On Episode 190 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we catch up with one of the busiest people in BBQ a day after the launch of not one, not two, not three … but SIX new Blues Hog spice rubs. Tim Scheer of Blues Hog, Gateway Drum Smokers and Marble Ridge Farms joins me with a description of each of the new rubs, plus a breakdown of a 2022 season that …
 
Long-time BBQ competitor and United States Navy veteran Sterling Smith of Loot ’N Booty BBQ has won numerous grand championships over the years, but his latest ranks at or near the top. Sterling and his team captured the BBQ division at the World Food Championships last weekend in Dallas, earning $10,000 and a berth in the WFC finals next spring. O…
 
The Kansas City Barbeque Society Team of the Year race is a combination of outstanding cooking, determination and endurance to pull down the highways and byways of American week after week and an overall thirst to win. In 2022, the championship goes to Ercole Chila and Uncle Pig’s Barbecue Pit from Paulsboro, N.J. Uncle Pig’s earned nine grand cham…
 
On Episode 187 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, it’s a conversation with our KCBS Breakout Team of the Year. Breana Via and Bradley Colter of Black Magic BBQ were good in their first full cooking season in 2021, but took it to a life-changing level in 2022. Not only did Black Magic win its first KCBS Masters Series Grand Championship, it captured …
 
The KCBS points season is nearing the finish line and it’s been a great one for Jordan Kirkpatrick from the southern Illinois team Janky Leg BBQ. Following his fourth Grand Championship of the season - one week after winning Chicken at The Jack Daniels World BBQ Invitational with a perfect score - we visit with Jordan on Episode 186 of the Tailgate…
 
When Chris Schafer cooked at the The Jack Daniels World Invitational BBQ Championship in 2019, he was sick and soon was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Thankfully, Chris made a full recovery and his second trip to The Jack, last week, was one to remember. Along with his dad and cooking teammate, Eddie “Pops” Schafer, Chris and Heavy Smoke …
 
On Episode 184 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we visit with one of the nation’s hottest pitmasters. Chris Webb and Bushmaster BBQ out of Colorado finished as Reserve Grand Champion at the American Royal World Series of BBQ Invitational and followed that up with a Grand Championship last weekend in Casper, Wyoming. We visit with Chris about his o…
 
History was made at the 42nd American Royal World Series of BBQ at Kansas Speedway as Grant Basiliere of Que U BBQ pulled off an unbelievable first, winning both the Invitational and Open portions of the world’s largest competition. How did it happen? Who is Que U? On Episode 183 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we learn more about the executive c…
 
It’s American Royal World Series of BBQ week and the Tailgate Guys BBQ competition team is headed to Kansas City for a great weekend! The help preview the weekend, we talk it over with one of BBQ’s great pitmasters and ambassadors, Harry Soo, who will be at Kansas Speedway helping some friends and kicking off a two-week, multi-state BBQ adventure. …
 
Episode 181 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast qualifies as an All-Star edition with two of the biggest names in open-fire cooking joining us for some terrific BBQ talk. First up is Jess Pryles, who arguably knows more about meat from hoof to table than anyone on the planet. The “Hardcore Carnivore” tells us about emceeing the recent World Butcher Ch…
 
Imagine cooking a steak that’s worth $10,000. We talk to the man who made that a reality on Episode 180 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast as Brett Davis joins us. Brett, of Springfield, Missouri, won the big prize at the High Steaks Showdown in St. Louis underneath the Gateway Arch after a unique final round as eight finalists grilled ribeyes inside…
 
Episode 179 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast features one of the hottest up-and-coming pitmasters on the KCBS circuit. Ryan Cain didn’t begin cooking competition BBQ until 2020, but quickly became one of the best in the backyard division of the KCBS. Now Ryan’s Damn Fine Beef & Swine, in its first series in the Master’s Division, is celebrating its…
 
On a special bonus edition of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, Richard Fergola of Fergolicious BBQ gives us details about his joining forces with Colorado-based Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions. Proud Souls KC is coming, the winter. Hear the details from Richard on Episode 178 of the show. Richard also talks about his recent red-hot cooking on the K…
 
We’ve been overdue to visit with one of competition BBQ’s all-time greats, the man who’s known far and wide simply as "The GOAT." Episode 177 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast is a perfect time to catch up with Darren Warth of Iowa Smokey D’s BBQ after his landmark 100th KCBS Grand Championship last weekend. Darren, who's been competing since 2003, …
 
Joe Pearce has been one of the world’s top pitmasters for the last decade and 2022 is no exception. Joe’s Slap's BBQ ranks No. 2 in the The Kansas City Barbeque Society Team of the Year standings after a frenetic run of success in July, with three Grand Championships in three weeks of cooking doubles. On Episode 176 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast…
 
Christie Vanover’s GirlsCanGrill.com is a great source of open-fire cooking knowledge, with recipes, cooking tips and videos. On Episode 175 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, Christie joins us on the show after her KCBS Grand Championship in San Juan Capistrano, California, over the weekend in a unique meat-provided competition that tested her crea…
 
Ercole Chila admits that his part of the country is better known for pizza or other culinary choices before it is for barbecue. But Chila and his Uncle Pig’s Barbecue Pit is making New Jersey proud with seven KCBS Grand Championships so far in 2022 and a No. 1 ranking in the KCBS Team of the Year standings. We welcome Ercole to Episode 174 of the T…
 
Imagine rolling into a KCBS competition in a pickup truck hauling one Gateway drum smoker, a table, a 10 x 10 easy up, a cooler and a tub of basic supplies. Then imagine cooking all four meats on that one drum and kicking everybody’s butts for a Grand Championship. That’s what Drew Davis of Arkansas-based Razorracks BBQ did recently at Smokin’ on t…
 
Welcome to Episode 172 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, where one of the most-engaging people in BBQ returns to the show to share knowledge and stories about food sport. That’s Sunny Moody of Moodswing BBQ, a world steak champion who emerged from this spring’s Food Network show BBQ Brawl as one of the final four contenders - and one of the most-po…
 
On Episode 171 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we combine BBQ and music as one of the great personalities of BBQ - the one and only Stretch - joins us. The Food Network personality, BBQ pitmaster, restaurant owner, artist and now rock & roll recording artist has collaborated with the pop/rap/rock band Black Oxygen for the catchy new tune “First B…
 
On Episode 170 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we catch up with a world champ and an up-and-comer on the competition scene. First up is Brad Leighninger, three-time KCBS Team of the Year with Gettin' Basted, plus the reigning Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational BBQ grand champion, plus part of the 2022 Memphis in May I…
 
You might say it’s duos week on Episode 169 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast. Up first are Jason Zwiegel and Nick Galligan from newly minted KCBS Grand Champion “Dr. Squealgood BBQ” from the Kansas City area. Jason and Nick tell us how they started cooking together and recapped the relatively quick journey to their first GC, last weekend in To…
 
America’s biggest grilling weekend is here and we hope everyone has a tremendous 4th of July weekend! On Episode 168 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we visit with the Grand Champion of one of mid-America’s biggest KCBS competitions and get some education about a style of BBQ from the West Coast that is growing rapidly in popularity. First up is K…
 
On Episode 167 on the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we take a trip to the eastern portion of the USA to go “Under the Radar” with another up-and-coming competition pitmaster. Chris Jackson’s day job is with the West Virginia State Police and in his spare time he and wife Erica compete (and do catering) as Convicted Pigs BBQ based in Parkersburg, West …
 
Since we began doing the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, it’s become obvious how much BBQ is an international sensation. On Episode 166, we take an audio trip down under to Auckland, New Zealand, to visit with Alex Lawson, host of the most-popular BBQ podcast in his country “BBQ Base.” Alex also is a competition cook and he discusses the booming popular…
 
Most weeks on the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we bring you some of the biggest, established names in BBQ. This week, we are going “Under the Radar” to bring a double-barrel dose of pitmasters who are up-and-comers. If you don’t already know them, you likely will soon. Breana Via and Bradley Colter became a couple two years ago and soon started cooki…
 
Few can boast how they beat arguably the most-famous chef on the planet, but chef David Sandusky did just that on the popular Food Network program “Beat Bobby Flay.” David joins us on Episode 164 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast to talk about representing the BBQ world by his decision to beat Bobby with a signature dish featuring Tri Tip in on…
 
It’s an honor to welcome a 7-time BBQ World Champion to Episode 163 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast. Mark Lambert recently won the Pork Shoulder division of Memphis in May for the fifth time, adding to a resume that includes a Ribs championship at the 2017 American Royal World Series of BBQ and a grand championship from the 2019 Houston Lives…
 
There’s nothing bigger in competition BBQ than winning the World Championship at Memphis in May. Unless it’s winning Memphis in May cooking Whole Hogs, Hot & Fast. On Episode 162 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we review the groundbreaking championship that Tim Scheer, Brad Leighninger and Team Blues Hog achieved over the weekend doing it in thei…
 
There’s a new BBQ cookbook coming out this month and it sounds like a must-have. On Episode 161 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we find out about “Pig Beach BBQ Cookbook - Smoked, Grilled, Roasted and Sauced,” from co-authors Matt Abdoo and Shane McBride. The two classically trained chefs traded in their Michelin star kitchens to open Pig Beach B…
 
On Episode 160 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we visit with a pitmaster who’s carving his name as one of the all-time greats and another who’s just getting started in a big way. Brad Leighninger of Gettin’ Basted, three-time KCBS Team of the Year, is leading the standings again in 2022. But next week, his focus will be on Memphis in May as he re…
 
It’s clear that Drew Davis of Razorracks BBQ loves cooking in Southaven, Mississippi and the judges there enjoy Drew’s cooking. On Episode 159 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast, we visit with Drew about his third straight KCBS Grand Championship at the Southaven Springfest and explore some of his BBQ routines. Or are they superstitions? No matt…
 
On Episode 158 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast, we take a trip to Minneapolis to visit with David Ellis, pitmaster for Machete Boys BBQ. David and his team often travels several hundred miles for most of their KCBS competitions, but in hot pursuit of a first grand championship it seems worth all the effort. We find out more about David and Ma…
 
Wes Patterson and Mark Deeds spent careers in law enforcement and found BBQ as a way to break away from the stress of dealing with criminals and make new friends. Now Wes is fully retired, Mark has scaled back a bit and they’re finding success on the competition circuit as Wood Hook BBQ. The Missouri duo recently posted their second career KCBS Gra…
 
Anyone who’s cooked competition BBQ for any length of time can identify with the ups - and downs - that occur for even the most-experienced teams. Jim Self lived that on back-to-back weekends so we sought him out for Episode 156 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast. Jim tells us about his Papa Jim’s BBQ team and how he dealt with a brutally tough …
 
There are so many great people in BBQ who care about making life better for others and Bradley Ball is one of those. An attorney based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Ball grew up in the Memphis area and attended Memphis in May on a regular basis. He and his brother did some competition Q. Now, the Air Force vet - still a member of the Tennessee Air …
 
Few we’ve met can match Sterling Smith’s enthusiasm and passion for BBQ. The pitmaster of Loot N Booty BBQ out of Scottsdale, Arizona, not only is internationally known as a championship cook with a great line of rubs and sauces, he’s an author! On Episode 154 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, Smith discusses his second book, “The Ultimate Guide to…
 
Paul Buob recently retired after a long career as a supervisor at Caterpillar in central Illinois. Now, he’s really able to focus on his competition BBQ efforts, with Smokin’ Ghost BBQ. On Episode 153 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast, we visit with Paul about his ascension in BBQ and his recent Grand Championship at the 73-team Sip & Swine BBQ…
 
Justin West enjoyed early success in competition, winning a grand championship in just his third contest. Since that time, the Texan has continued to excel in various sanctioning bodies as Hat Creek Q with perhaps his biggest prize yet the Ribs championship at the recent Houston Livestock Rodeo & BBQ Cookoff. On Episode 152 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ…
 
We enjoy visiting with some of the biggest names in BBQ and this week is no exception as David Knight, BBQ Hall of Fame Class of 2016, headlines Episode 151 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast. Even if you don’t know Knight, you probably have tasted food that’s come off one of his iconic Ole Hickory Pit smokers which service many of the world’s t…
 
Each time the great Diva Q joins us on the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast, our download numbers soar. It’s because she’s not only knowledgeable and a champion pitmaster, but she brings energy and straight-shooting BBQ talk that her fans worldwide appreciate. And now, Diva Q is bringing her new OG Boss Sauce to the general public in 2022. Buckle up …
 
We visit with a pair of world champions on Episode 149 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, beginning with a first-time guest that is so iconic he needs only one name. Darian Khosravi is better known as Kosmo after a career of championship cooking and a world-renowned line of rubs, sauces and accessories. Kosmo talks about his unique career, which beg…
 
On Episode 148 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we talk it over with Dave Mara and Jaime Paredes who form Meat Candy Q, one of the elite competition BBQ teams on the west coast. In fact, Meat Candy Q has been one of the world’s best so far in the 2021-22 KCBS season with a grand championship and No. 2 ranking in the Team of the Year points race. F…
 
He’s one of the great people we’ve met in BBQ, along with being one of the top pitmasters and it’s an honor to welcome Fred Robles of Rio Valley Meats back to the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast Episode 147. The 2020 American Royal World Series of BBQ Open Grand Champion added another big one to his collection recently as he earned GC honors at the …
 
After a career of piling up interstate miles as an over-the-road trucker, Cary Chasteen now is traveling the highways and byways of American cooking competition BBQ. On Episode 146 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, we visit with Cary about his Georgia-based Hold Your Horses BBQ and the busy schedule he keeps while firing up the pits in various sanc…
 
Welcome to Season 4 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast. After a few weeks off, it’s great to back and launch into a new year of talking BBQ and kick it off with one of the great people in the competition world, Kelly Wertz from 4 Legs Up BBQ out of Great Bend, Kansas. Kelly - with his signature western hat and cowboy boots - has been a mainstay on th…
 
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast for three seasons - after three years on local radio. It’s even harder to believe that Season 3 of the podcast wraps up this week. We go out with a bang as first-time show guest Sunny Moody from Nashville, Tennessee joins us. Sunny and husband Jeff and their 4 daughters compet…
 
With 2021 quickly approaching the finish line, we explore some of the storylines from the Year in Barbecue on Episode 143 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast with two of open-fire cooking’s top authorities. Ryan Cooper and Sean Ludwig co-produce The Smoke Sheet, a weekly electronic newsletter that curates the latest national barbecue news, upcoming ev…
 
We shine the spotlight on some of the nation’s best KCBS Backyard pitmasters on Episode 142 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast. Backyard Chicken Team of the Year Brian Walker and Jay Honea of Alabama’s Hickory Hangover - along with Ribs Team of the Year Ted Rasky of Alabama’s Veteran Pork Pullers - join us for a segment. They discuss how they got sta…
 
Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to Episode 141 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast where we talk it over with a couple of great guys from mid-America. Veteran competition pitmaster Richard Fergola has won dozens of contests, been on BBQ Pitmasters and Food Network’s Chopped Grillmasters. But his biggest personal accomplishment in food sport occurred re…
 
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