BBQ Pitmasters

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BBQ Pitmasters
BBQ Pitmasters Logo.jpg
Logo from season 1
Format Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time 46 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel TLC (2009-2010)
Destination America (2012-)
Original run December 3, 2009 (2009-12-03) – present
External links
Website

BBQ Pitmasters is an American reality television series which follows barbecue cooks as they compete for cash and prizes in barbecue cooking competitions.

The series premiered on TLC on December 3, 2009. The eight-episode first season was filmed in a docu-reality format as it followed several competing BBQ teams around the country to various BBQ contests.

Season two premiered on August 12, 2010 at 10 pm EDT featuring a completely new competition game show-based format.[1] Each week, four teams competed against each other. Challenges included a common protein and a more exotic meat. Weekly winners faced off against each other in the second season finale as they vied for $100,000 and the Kingsford Cup. The judges for the second season were Myron Mixon, Art Smith, and Warren Sapp.[2] Kevin Roberts served as host.[3]

On January 29, 2012, Myron Mixon confirmed on the Facebook account for Jack's Old South that filming for Season 3 would start in March. On April 4, 2012, it was announced that Season 3 would air on Destination America, a rebranded version of the Planet Green channel that launched on May 26, 2012.[4]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 8 December 3, 2009 (2009-12-03) February 4, 2010 (2010-02-04)
2 6 August 12, 2010 (2010-08-12) September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23)
3 6 May 30, 2012 (2012-05-30) July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)
4 December 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)

Season 1[edit]

Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 1 "Smokin' in Mesquite" December 3, 2009 (2009-12-03)
The teams travel to Mesquite, Nevada to compete at the Smokin' in Mesquite BBQ competition, which has $40,000 in cash and prizes at stake. 
2 2 "Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off" December 10, 2009 (2009-12-10)
The teams compete at one of the most difficult competitions of the year, the Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off, in Murphysboro, Illinois. Myron and Lee Ann face off in the whole hog competition, while tempers flare between Johnny and one of the local cooks. 
3 3 "Decatur Jaycees Riverfest" December 17, 2009 (2009-12-17)
The teams travel to Decatur, Alabama to the historic Decatur Riverfest. This is where the pitmasters' cooking skills, nerves, and patience are tested and the $3,000 top prize is at stake. 
4 4 "American Royal Invitational Barbecue" January 7, 2010 (2010-01-07)
The top teams are invited to compete at the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City, Missouri. Myron has to compete against his biggest competition on the barbecue competition circuit, Chris Lilly, and Rookie Paul begs for help from barbecue professional, Johnny Trigg. 
5 5 "American Royal Open Barbecue" January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)
Nearly 500 professional and amateur teams battle it out at the American Royal Open in Kansas City, Missouri for over $40,000 in prizes. 
6 6 "Diamond State BBQ" January 21, 2010 (2010-01-21)
The teams travel to Dover, Delaware to compete at the Diamond State BBQ Championship, where the weather is less than ideal. Harry faces his former teammate, Gary, who is competing on his own for the first time, and Tuffy does Myron a favor that could hurt his own chances of winning. 
7 7 "The Big Pig Jig" January 28, 2010 (2010-01-28)
The teams travel to Vienna, Georgia to compete at the Big Pig Jig, the oldest barbecue event in Georgia. Myron works to defend his title on his home turf and Tuffy takes on a double challenge, attempting his first whole hog on a new pit. 
8 8 "Johnny Trigg's Shootout" February 4, 2010 (2010-02-04)
Johnny Trigg, the Godfather of Ribs, invites his closest friends and fiercest rivals to Mineral Wells, Texas for a rib throwdown and for the first time ever, the pitmasters watch the judges' reactions. 

Season 1: Teams[edit]

  • Jack's Old South, led by Myron Mixon
  • Smokin' Triggers BBQ, led by Johnny Trigg
  • Slap Yo' Daddy BBQ, led by Harry Soo
  • Cool Smoke, led by Tuffy Stone
  • Wood Chick's BBQ, owned by Lee Ann Whippen, who is currently a chef/partner of Chicago q.
  • Pablo Diablo's, led by Paul Petersen, a recognized Texas chef but BBQ rookie.

Season 2[edit]

Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 9 "Butt Out!" August 12, 2010 (2010-08-12)
Four top pitmasters from around the country compete head-to-head in a pork butt cook-off. However, one team is eliminated when their catfish is not up to par and the remaining three continue to vie to win $5,000 and an invitation to the season finale. 
2 10 "Roasted Development" August 19, 2010 (2010-08-19)
Four top pitmasters from around the country compete head-to-head to prove who has the best crown roast pork in the hottest challenge yet. However, with one pitmaster headed into an ambulance, the remaining three vie to win $5,000 and an invitation to the season finale. 
3 11 "Up In Smoke!" August 26, 2010 (2010-08-26)
Four top pitmasters from around the country compete head-to-head to prove who makes the best brisket. While the meat cooks low and slow, tempers flare as the teams vie to win $5,000 and an invitation to the season finale. 
4 12 "Not a Moment To Spare" September 2, 2010 (2010-09-02)
Four BBQ Pitmasters face off with a BBQ favorite - spare ribs. But first, they face a prehistoric challenge that could extinct them from the competition and their chance at $5,000 and an invitation to the finale for the $100,000 grand prize. 
5 13 "Fowl Play" September 16, 2010 (2010-09-16)
Four of America's top Pitmasters face off against the trifecta of fowl... a Turducken! There's $5000 at stake and an invitation into the finale for the largest prize in BBQ... $100,000 and the Kingsford Cup. 
6 14 "Bring Home the Bacon" September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23)
The five BBQ Pitmaster winners from this season come together to face the most difficult of BBQ challenges: the whole hog on old-fashioned cinder block pits. Only one can win the Kingsford Cup, the $100,000 prize and be named BBQ Pitmaster Grand Champion. 

Season 2: Judges[edit]

  • Myron Mixon—season one competitor and owner of Jack's Old South
  • Art Smith—celebrity chef and author of Back to the Table and Kitchen Life
  • Warren Sapp—Super Bowl champion and barbecue enthusiast

Contestants[edit]

Season 2: Prelim Results (Ep. 1-5)[edit]

Episode
Pitmaster
Team
Hometown
Episode Result
1
Moe Cason Ponderosa BBQ Des Moines, Iowa
1st Place
$5000 & invite to finale
Ryan Amys Hot Grill on Grill Action Omaha, Nebraska
2nd Place
Nicole Davenport Taint the Sauce Sheffield, Texas
3rd Place
Harrison Sapp Southern Soul BBQ Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Eliminated
2
Melissa Cookston Yazoo's Delta Q Nesbit, Mississippi
1st Place
$5000 & invite to finale
John Fernandez-Melone Bare Bones BBQ Pleasanton, California
2nd Place
Rhoda Brown Smokin' Fatties West Monroe, Louisiana
3rd Place
Brent Walton QN4U Clovis, California
Eliminated
3
Craig Kimmel Firehouse BBQ DeLand, Florida
1st Place
$5000 & invite to finale
Bubba Latimer Bub-Ba-Q Jasper, Georgia
2nd Place
Joe Davidson Joe BBQ Bixby, Oklahoma
3rd Place
Kyle Laval/Stephanie Wilson The Slabs Kansas City, Kansas
Eliminated
4
Johnny Trigg Smokin' Triggers Alvarado, Texas
1st Place
$5000 & invite to finale
Danielle Dimovski Diva Q Barrie, Ontario
2nd Place
Jody Clark Big Poppa Smokers Coachella, California
3rd Place
Neil Strawder Bigmistas Long Beach, California
4th place (no elimination in this episode)
5
Shad Kirton A Boy & His BBQ Grimes, Iowa
1st Place
$5000 & invite to finale
Dan Hixon 3 Eyz BBQ Owings Mills, Maryland
2nd Place
Lee Ann Whippen Wood Chicks BBQ Chesapeake, Virginia
3rd Place
Tyler Sayler Big Mouth Smokers Memphis, Tennessee
Eliminated

Season 2: Final Results (Ep. 6)[edit]

Episode
Pitmaster
Team
Hometown
Episode Result
6
Shad Kirton A Boy & His BBQ Grimes, Iowa
1st Place
Melissa Cookston Yazoo's Delta Q Nesbit, Mississippi
2nd Place
Johnny Trigg Smokin' Triggers Alvarado, Texas
3rd Place
Moe Cason Ponderosa BBQ Des Moines, Iowa
Eliminated
Craig Kimmel Firehouse BBQ DeLand, Florida

Season 3[edit]

In this season, three teams compete in each episode. The winning team will move on to the championship round, where they will compete for a $50,000 prize.

Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 15 "Try, Try, Tri-Tip Again" May 30, 2012 (2012-05-30)
Three Pitmasters compete at the Don't Be Cruel BBQ to see who has the best beef brisket and tri-tip 
2 16 "Baby Light My Fire" June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)
Three Pitmasters compete at the annual Pigs in Flight BBQ Competition. 
3 17 "Trimming the Fat" June 10, 2012 (2012-06-10)
4 18 "All Hammered Up!" June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17)
5 19 "Doctors, Divas, and 2 Worthless Nuts" June 24, 2012 (2012-06-24)
6 20 "The Grand Porkin' Finale" July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)

Season 3: Judges[edit]

  • Myron Mixon
  • Aaron Franklin
  • Tuffy Stone

Contestants[edit]

Season 3: Prelim Results (Ep. 1-5)[edit]

Episode
Pitmaster
Team
Hometown
Episode Result
1
Wagyu Brisket & Tri-Tip
Tupelo, MS
Solomon Williams Carolina Rib King Georgetown, South Carolina
1st Place
Hank Vaiden Cotton Patch Cooking Crew Columbus, Mississippi
2nd Place
Jim Stancil Bare Knuckles BBQ Oxford, Georgia
3rd Place
2
Pork Shoulder & Baby Back Ribs
Memphis, TN
Melissa Cookston Memphis Barbecue Co. Nesbit, Mississippi
1st Place
Moe Cason Ponderosa Barbecue Des Moines, Iowa
2nd Place
Donny Bray Warren County Pork Choppers Bowling Green, Kentucky
3rd Place
3
Pork Belly and Turkey
Thomaston, GA
Johnny Trigg Smokin' Triggers Alvarado, Texas
1st Place
Chris Hart Wicked Good BBQ Boston, Massachusetts
2nd Place
Charles Wilson C-Dub's Corruption BBQ Puyallup, Washington
3rd Place
4
Beef Ribs & Fresh Ham
Dothan, AL
Corey Brinson Fatback's BBQ & Rib Shack Fayetteville, North Carolina
1st Place
Lee Ann Whippen Wood Chicks BBQ Chesapeake, Virginia
2nd Place
Shane McBride Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe New York City, New York
3rd Place
5
Chicken & Rack of Pork
Salisbury, MD
Danielle Dimovski Diva Q BBQ Ontario, Canada
1st Place
Rob Marion 2 Worthless Nuts Cleveland, Ohio
2nd Place
Randy Hill Southern Krunk Burn One Boys BBQ Little Rock, Arkansas
3rd Place

Season 3: Final Results (Ep. 6)[edit]

Episode
Pitmaster
Team
Hometown
Episode Result
6
Johnny Trigg Smokin' Triggers Alvarado, Texas
1st Place
Corey Brinson Fatback's BBQ & Rib Shack Fayetteville, North Carolina
2nd Place
Danielle Dimovski Diva Q BBQ Ontario, Canada
3rd Place
Solomon Williams Carolina Rib King Georgetown, South Carolina
Eliminated
Melissa Cookston Memphis Barbecue Co. Nesbit, Mississippi

Season 3B[edit]

Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 21 "Deep in the Heart of BBQ" December 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)
2 22 "Peach State Country Picnic" December 23, 2012 (2012-12-23)
3 23 "True Blue Memphis Style Que" December 30, 2012 (2012-12-30)[5]
4 24 "Royal Ribs & Burnt Ends" January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)[5]
5 25 "Carolina's Divine Swine Cook Off" January 13, 2013 (2013-01-13)[5]
Sauceman's Zach Goodyear became the North Carolina Champion defeating Sam Jones and Debbie Holt 
6 26 "Bluegrass, Bourbon & BBQ" January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20)[5]
7 27 "Father vs. Son" January 25, 2013 (2013-01-25)[5]
8 28 "When Pigs Fly" June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02)[5]

Season 4: Judges[edit]

  • Myron Mixon
  • Tuffy Stone
  • (3rd Judge changes in each episode)

Contestants[edit]

Season 3B: Episode Results[edit]

Episode
Pitmaster
Team
Hometown
Episode Result
1
Beef Brisket & Cowboy Steak
Bedford, TX
Harold “Buzzie” Hughes Buzzie’s BBQ Restaurant Kerrville, Texas
1st Place
Ernest Servantes Burnt Bean Company New Braunfels, Texas
2nd Place
Will Fleischman Lockhart Smokehouse Dallas, Texas
3rd Place
2
Pork Pic­nic & Country-Style Ribs
Atlanta, GA
Dionn Lanton Holy Smokes BBQ Dublin, Georgia
1st Place
Danny Outlaw Georgia Bob's BBQ Co. Warner Robins, GA
2nd Place
Bear Sloane Lazy Bear BBQ Gainesville, GA
3rd Place
3
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place

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