In the world of BBQ we have many that are considered legends that have made names for themselves winning contest all across the nation. This year at the American Royal we have (what I consider) BBQ Royalty.
When I heard the news that a fundraising event was in the works for the Royal I knew it was going to be BIG and had to do with a Whole Hog class. I couldn't wait to hear who the Pitmasters were going to be.
After weeks of anticipation and excitement building, finally today the official announcement came........
The Shed's - Brad Orrison
Natural Born Griller's - John Wheeler
Boars Night Out's - Allen Smith
Sweet Swine O' Mine's - Mark Lambert
WOW! This is Hog Heaven! 4 of the top Whole Hog Champions in the country or I could safely say "the world"! These guys are coming together to offer a "once in a lifetime class", the one thing that seems to intimidate many BBQ competitors and caterers (like me), THE WHOLE HOG!
Oh, and that's not all.......there will be guest pitmasters that will pop in and share their insights too. OK, call me a name dropper :-) Famous Dave Anderson, Danielle "Diva Q" Dimovski, David "Butcher" Bouska and Rob Marion. May be a few others but I'm not going to give it all away. This class will go down in history as a "Who's Who" of BBQ & WHOLE HOG ROYALTY! These Pitmasters are coming together for 2 reasons, to share their years of Whole Hog knowledge and raise money for OPERATION BBQ RELIEF.
And for those of you in the BBQ world that might live under a rock....
A little Royal history. The American Royal BBQ is one of the nation's biggest and best barbeque competitions that brings grilling teams from across the globe to Kansas City for a weekend of grillin' and fun. Teams fire up their grills on Friday and party until dawn (with a watchful eye on what's cooking!) only to race their entries into the judging hall on Saturday. Also, know for the BBQ Hall of Fame. The American Royal is not to be missed!
Over 500 teams competing for the crown.
BBQ, Booths, Food, Bands, Parties!
Oh, did I mention Parties?
I'm looking forward to learning how to WOW my customers with a Whole Hog like this!
These 4 Pitmasters are Royalty in my book with Hearts for helping Operation BBQ Relief and all the many volunteers that make this organization what it is. Mark your calendars OCTOBER 3-6th! I have and I'm counting the days!
For the scoop about the class and the Bios on the Pitmasters go to www.operationbbqrelief.org/hawgwithaheart
To learn more about the Royal go to www.americanroyal.com