Our celebrity Pitmasters so enjoyed their time in Danville these past years that they are coming back and bringing some of the world’s best barbecue to you once again.

Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porker

Carey Bringle

Peg Leg Porker BBQ Team
Nashville, TN

With deep-seated roots in the West Tennessee BBQ culture, Carey developed an appreciation for BBQ at a young age. Having parents who grew up in Memphis, it was inevitable. To say that his family had a passion for it is an understatement. He always knew he would cook BBQ. In 2008, his Peg Leg Porker Memphis Wet Sauce was named the #2 BBQ sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. Over the past few years, “I have been honored to cook for many special events at the request of my good friends the Lobel family, owners of Lobel’s of New York. These events have included Croton under the Stars, Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best Of’ party and Food & Wine Magazine’s ‘Classic at Aspen’. Most recently, I was a featured Pitmaster at BBQ I.Q., the first ever BBQ event hosted by Blackberry Farm, Travel and Leisure Magazine’s #1 rated resort in North America for 2011.”

Moe Cason, Ponderosa BBQ

Moe Cason

Ponderosa BBQ Team
Des Moines, IA

“My name is Big Moe Cason, and I was born, raised, and corn fed out of Des Moines, Iowa. I am passionate about my Q because what initially was a hobby, very quickly turned into a way of life. I live it. I breathe it. I AM BBQ.”

Multiple Grand and Reserve Grand Championships, Multiple 1st & 2nd place awards in chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket, Competed and won awards in 35 states, Competed in the following BBQ sanctions Kcbs,ibca, GBA, and MBN, 3 perfect “180” scores in chicken, ribs, & pork shoulder, 2nd Place Sauce at the 2012 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational.

Shelly Frisch, Desperados BBQ

Shelly Frisch

Desperados Barbecue
Angola, NY

Award-winning Pitmaster Shelly Frisch of Desperados Barbecue in Angola, NY cooks on a Genuine Friedrich Smokehouse.
Craig Kimmel, Firehouse BBQ

Craig Kimmel

Firehouse BBQ
DeLand, FL

Craig has been competing in BBQ contests for 12 years. He has won 12 Grand Championships and over 200 awards for his barbecue. His proudest accomplishments include 3rd place Brisket and 5th in Pork at the 2007 Jack Daniels World Championship and the 2010 TLC BBQ Pitmasters Best Brisket & Seafood.
Amy and Mike Mills, 17th Street Barbecue

Amy and Mike Mills

17th Street Barbecue
Murphysboro, IL.

Mike Mills is known world-wide as “The Legend” – He is a four-time World Champion and three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. He is also the 1992 Grand Champion of the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest and he won the Jack Daniel’s Sauce Contest that year as well.
Lucky Dog BBQ, Danville KY

Brad and Cindy Simmons, Rod Bennett

Lucky Dog BBQ
Danville, KY

Danville’s own Lucky Dog BBQ features Kentucky State BBQ Festival founders Brad and Cindy Simmons and Pitmaster Rod Bennett. They’ve been smoking some bad ass barbecue for over 5 years. Best known at the Festival for their “Bronto” Beef Ribs, the Lucky Dog Team has also competed in the Jim Beam BBQ Classic in Springfield, KY.
Garry and Leslie Roark, Ubon's BBQ

Garry and Leslie Roark

Ubon’s Yazoo BBQ
Yazoo City, MS

Our relationship as a father daughter team, while not unique, is rare. My role is as a partner in the restaurant, catering and sauce business as well as rib cook/chicken cook for the competition team. Daddy is kind enough to share his spotlight with me whenever possible. Honestly… he’s our shining star. He’s taught hundreds of people how to cook, shared his methods and his ingredients. At this point he’s one of the Grandfathers of Barbeque. I can’t say factually that we’re the longest running team, but my guess is that we’re one of them.


Tim Mikeska, Mikeska Brands

Tim Mikeska

Mikeska Brands

Tim Mikeska of Mikeska Brands will be on hand to emcee various events and talk about the fine points of cooking championship barbecue. Tim Mikeska is CEO of Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q Inc. and owns Mikeska Brands. He is the son of the dean of Texas Pitmasters, Rudy Mikeska. Come on out and see Tim and learn how to produce killer BBQ.

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