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Jan. 26, 2023

Try New Things and Be Unique with Your Cooks + Smoked Desserts, w/ Sa…

Kurt talks with Sammy Ever of 702 in the Kitchen out of Las Vegas, NV about how his passion for cooking started when he was growing up helping his mom in the kitchen, why he likes trying new things and …

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Jan. 19, 2023

Building Brotherhood One Cook at a Time w/ Justin Juice Turner & AJ J…

Kurt talks with Justin Juice Turner & AJ Johnson of Norala BBQ Team out of Northern Alabama about about moving past the fear of competition and not having enough equipment to start BBQ competitions, hitting it off after their...

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Jan. 12, 2023

Starting Small, Having Fun, and Learning a Lot w/ Michael Underwood o…

Kurt talks with the first guest on BBQ 4 Newbies who is from the SCA (Steak Cookoff Association), Michael Underwood of 931 BBQ out of Shelbyville, TN, about why he decided to join the SCA, what to do and what …

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Jan. 5, 2023

Growing the Sport of Competition BBQ w/ Dustin Rudd of Blue Collar BBQ

Kurt talks with Dustin Rudd, Pit Master of Blue Collar BBQ out of Southhaven, MS about how he got started in BBQ at 17 years old when his neighbors left an abandoned smoker after moving, going from KCBS to MBN, …

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Dec. 29, 2022

Make Small Tweaks to Stand Out with Your BBQ w/ Dustin Davis of Que N…

Kurt talks with Dustin Davis, Pit Master of Competition BBQ Team 'Que N Da 662' of Coldwater, MS, about how he has been a part of a BBQ family since he was a kid, he loves how it brings people …

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Dec. 22, 2022

Finding Purpose & Changing Lives Through BBQ w/ Marcio Borguezan of H…

Kurt talks with Marcio Borguezan, Owner & Founder of Hog Addiction BBQ Competition Team out of Biloxi, MI, and the first BBQ 4 Newbies guest from the MBN (Memphis BBQ Network), about the difference between MBN and other BBQ s...

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Dec. 15, 2022

Having Fun and Leaving a BBQ Legacy w/ Matt Osman of Blinky's Offset …

Kurt talks with Matt Osman, Pit Master of Blinky's Offset BBQ out of Bellevue, TN, about why his Texas wife was the main reason he got into BBQ, his favorite Lang offset smoker, other types of smokers and why he …

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Dec. 8, 2022

Dominating the BBQ Business with Family w/ Sawyer Williamson of Willi…

Kurt talks with Sawyer Williamson, Partner of Williamson Bros. BBQ out of Marietta and Canton, GA about the five different businesses run by Williamson Bros. BBQ, the unique things about their BBQ restaurants including cookin...

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Dec. 1, 2022

Putting Passion and Love Into Your Cooking w/ The Smokin' Texan

Kurt talks with The Smokin' Texan (Chrissy Chance, Jeremy Chance, & Keith Kendrick), out of Canton, GA, about what got them interested in starting a BBQ restaurant, how Chrissy and Jeremy got started in BBQ, the Texas style c...

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Nov. 17, 2022

Letting the Grand Championships Speak for Themselves w/ Rub Bagby of …

Kurt talks with Rub Bagby, Pit Master of Swamp Boys BBQ out of Winter Haven, FL, about starting his BBQ journey 18 years ago, the story of how he got the nickname Rub, why he started teaching classes, why he …

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Nov. 10, 2022

Turning the Impossible Possible w/ Brent Broaddus of Slapulator BBQ

Kurt talks with Brent Broaddus, Pit Master of Slapulator BBQ out of Riverview, FL, about how his BBQ journey started after feeling lonely during Covid and his social media algorithm taking him to Harry Soo, picking out what t...

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Nov. 3, 2022

Ep 32 - Being Obsessed & Learning More About BBQ w/ Robert Vanderipe …

Kurt talks with Robert Vanderipe, Co-Pit Master of Smoke Me Silly BBQ Team out of Madison, AL, about how he got roped into cooking chicken after a dropout for his first competition, Smoke Me Silly getting back to their roots,...

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Oct. 24, 2022

Ep 31 - Denim Fest and Creating A Better Future for Competition BBQ w…

Kurt talks with Gary Lamb, Owner and Founder of Revival Events Group about how he started in BBQ, how it saved his life and how it helped rebuild his community, creating a better future for competition BBQ by putting the …

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Oct. 20, 2022

Ep 30 - Being the Hardest Worker in BBQ w/ Phil Breeden of LC BBQ

Kurt talks with Phil Breeden, Pit Master of LC BBQ out of Bandera, TX about how he went from not knowing competition BBQ existed to getting hooked and making a whole business out of it, getting the name LC BBQ, …

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Oct. 13, 2022

The New Landscape of BBQ w/ Paul Keltner of Rooters-N-Tooters

Kurt talks with Paul Keltner, Co-Pit Master of Rooters-N-Tooters out of Mt. Pleasant, TN about growing up and cooking as a kid, how he loves cooking with his wife at competitions, starting slow and humble and building up litt...

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Oct. 6, 2022

Ep 28 - Build Your Skills to Prepare for Competition BBQ w/ Daniel Pa…

Kurt talks with Daniel Patrick, Pit Master of Pop's Smoke on the Hill Competitive BBQ Team and Catering Service, about how he got into BBQ with his dad, the importance of a mentor, helping the community through BBQ, lessons f...

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Sept. 29, 2022

Ep 27 - Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone w/ Rob and Amy of Rum Runner…

Kurt talks with Rob and Amy, Pit Masters of Rum Runners BBQ out of Orlando, FL about their experience starting their BBQ journey with another team and then making their own, how they came up with the name Rum Runners, …

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Sept. 22, 2022

Ep 26 - Money, Business, and BBQ w/ Kevin Ward of Four41 South BBQ

Kurt talks with Kevin Ward, Owner and Pit Master of Four41 South BBQ out of Canton, GA about how he started in BBQ with catering and a food truck, eventually leading to a brick and mortar, pointers for cooking a …

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Sept. 15, 2022

Ep 25 - For the Love of BBQ w/ Brad Leighninger of Getting Basted

Kurt talks with Brad Leighninger, pit master of Gettin' Basted based out of Branson, MO about getting thrown into a competition, his beginner’s luck, the growing popularity of drum smokers and the hot and fast cooking style, ...

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Sept. 9, 2022

Ep 24 - Quitting the Job and Going All In on BBQ w/ Bill Purvis of Ch…

Kurt talks with Bill Purvis, pit master of Chicken Fried BBQ based out of Spring, TX, about how he slowly started to get addicted to the sport, where the name for Chicken Fried BBQ came from, his unique BBQ rub, …

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Sept. 1, 2022

Ep 23 - Exploring the Different Avenues of BBQ w/ Sunny Moody

Kurt talks with Sunny Moody, pit master of Moodswing BBQ out of Nashville, TN, about the life changing event that got her started in BBQ, different creative ways to cook and get involved, her passion about bringing women and ...

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Aug. 25, 2022

Ep 22 - Stickin' with What You Know w/ Randy McKnight

Kurt talks with Randy McKnight, pit master of Smokin' Rack out of Jacksonville, FL, about why he cooks low and slow, a story about getting stitches and still getting the Grand Champion, the fun he likes to have in competition...

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Aug. 18, 2022

Ep 21 - Competing with a Winner's Mindset w/ Kolby Bowers

Kurt talks with Kolby Bowers, Pitmaster of Rollin' Kolbz, about the first BBQ competition he attended and how much he loved it, trying different cookers to find the right fit, advice he got from his father -in-law, the import...

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Aug. 11, 2022

Ep 20 - Teaching the Next Generation of BBQ-ers with Tom Tilley

Kurt talks with Tom Tilley about how he started as the coach of the Tallulah Falls Pit Vipers High School BBQ Team, the success they've had, as well as the learning experiences, the process of teaching the kids, and the …

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