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BBQ Pitmasters Episode 4 American Royal Invitational

Posted By: on January 11, 2010
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If you’ve missed the previous episodes of this intriguing series you can see our write-ups below. It’s actually a pretty entertaining show. If you’re unfamiliar with the competition BBQ circuit, which I’m assuming you are, take a minute to read through the first 3 episodes to get acquainted.

BBQ Pitmasters Episode 1 Smokin’ in Mesquite Nevada Open BBQ Championships
BBQ Pitmasters Episode 2 Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
BBQ Pitmasters Episode 3 Decatur Riverfest Cook Off

This episode was the American Royal Invitational held in Kansas City, Missouri. It has been called  “the Super Bowl of Swine” by some. To be eligible you must won Grand Champion in at least one event the year prior.  The total at stake is $10,000 and there are 124 competitors.

Due to the fact that it’s an invitational, understandably Paul Peterson was not an entrant. However, he took this opportunity to be schooled by the great Johhny Trigg and join Smokin’ Triggers for this competition. A wise move on his part and actually quite an enduring team the two made. It seems like Paul really took the chance to get inside the head of Johnny a learn from a master. I found him to be genuine in his interest to learn.

It was fun to watch Myron and Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson BBQ go at it a bit. The nice thing is that Chris can hold his own with Myron which isn’t the case with others sometimes.

American Royal Invitational BBQ Contest
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Date: October 2-3, 2009
Categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork & Brisket
Total Competitors: 119
Promoter: Kansas City Barbeque Society
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Chicken
14 – LeeAnn Whippen – Wood Chicks BBQ
23 – Tuffy Stone – Cool Smoke
51 – Johnny Trigg – Smokin Triggers
89 – Harry Soo – Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ
92 – Myron Mixon – Jack’s Old South

Pork Ribs
33 – Johnny Trigg – Smokin Triggers
57 – LeeAnn Whippen – Wood Chicks BBQ
69 – Tuffy Stone – Cool Smoke
72 – Harry Soo – Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ
84 – Myron Mixon – Jack’s Old South

Pork
7 – Tuffy Stone – Cool Smoke
40 – Johnny Trigg – Smokin Triggers
53 – Harry Soo – Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ
71 – Myron Mixon – Jack’s Old South
79 – LeeAnn Whippen – Wood Chicks BBQ

Brisket
3 – Tuffy Stone – Cool Smoke
18 – Myron Mixon – Jack’s Old South
21 – Harry Soo – Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ
23 – LeeAnn Whippen – Wood Chicks BBQ
33 – Johnny Trigg – Smokin Triggers

Overall
3 – Tuffy Stone – Cool Smoke
25 – LeeAnn Whippen – Wood Chicks BBQ
40 – Johnny Trigg – Smokin Triggers
51 – Harry Soo – Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ
73 – Myron Mixon – Jack’s Old South

“I’ve been told that I’m a bit anal retentive when it comes to cooking BBQ. For me, everything is important, from the cleanliness to my pit, to the freshness of my rub, to the quality of my meat, to the age of my wood. Every detail is important.” – Tuffy Stone

“To get to go to the American Royal Invitational you gotta win a damn contest. You got to damn be a grand champion to be invited. And…It’s an honor to get to come here and cook against your peers. So getting to come here and try to kick their ass…it’s a unique opportunity.”  – Myron Mixon

“Chris…how many Grand Champions have you won? Two. How many have I won. Three. That’s one cut above…now then!.” – Myron Mixon

“I just had to hug the man, what he did for me was unspeakable. Nothing but tremendous amount respect him.” – Paul Peterson on Johnny Trigg

“I felt like he was a student of mine and also felt like he was a son of mine…he’s a genuine good kid.” - Johnny Trigg on Paul Peterson

Oddly enough LeAnn and Harry were not featured in this episode at all. It’s always strange to me to see who and how they decide to include in each episode. It seems sort of random. Either way you can see how they finished above. I would love to see more of the two of them in the coming shows.

Overall the teams did alright, it was the best of the best, so placing anywhere above half should be considered good. Obviously Tuffy did the best from the bunch (even though he completely forgot to sauce his pork) with finishing 3rd overall and he was the only one to earn any money with a total of $2,900.00. Chris Lilly came in 45th…a whole 28 spots ahead of Myron who finished 73rd.

One Response to “BBQ Pitmasters Episode 4 American Royal Invitational”

  1. KC Porky says:

    I'd like to congratulate all the competitors for a job well done. Including Grand Champion Todd from Pork Pullin Plowboys (Kansas City MO) and Chad with Caveman Cuisine (Springfield MO).

    Side note – The American Royal is referred to the World Series of BBQ (given the time of the year). The Super Bowl of Swine is a nickname for Memphis in May where only pork products are cooked.

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