How to Grill Burgers; Part 2


Here is the 2nd video of the 4 part series on how to grill burgers. Please remember these were done a few years ago, by our good friend JM, and a few things have changed since then. The sponsors have shut down, and I don’t think I have worn a bandana since……..

Please enjoy, and look for parts 3 & 4 real soon. Thanks!!!


Grilling Burgers; Video 1 of 4


With 4th of July coming up, I thought I would share these videos again. How to Grill Burgers. This is video 1 of 4 that I made with JM Martinez, a few years back. We had a really good time making and putting together these informative clips. I haven’t heard much from JM these past couple years, I hope he is well, but I’m sure he is still grilling.

Like I said, this was a few years back when we made this video, and a few things have changed, including my beard (Thanks Goodness for that!!!). Pay no mind to sponsors, they are out-of-business. I was so new on the BBQ scene, I did not even have a HGW shirt to wear for the shoot. I remember it was a very hot summer day in Florida, just like today. I tried a few new things in this video, and I remember, both burgers were out of sight good!!! Enjoy, and I will be posting the other videos soon.




I could have been at a BBQ!!!


The snow is starting to melt, and BBQ is starting to heat up. 2014 has seen its share of winter, and teams are ready to thaw out those BBQ cookers and hit the trail once again. We here in Florida have been competing since the first weekend in January, and it looks like it will not be slowing down till mid-June. I have seen folks in the northern states, chomping at the bit, ready to get there competition BBQ fix on, but still having to wait till Mother Nature sends a little warmth north. All saying the same thing……….Let’s hear it Will Smith.

I would consider myself and my team as being, relative new comers to competition BBQ. HGW has only been out for about 3 years now, 2 years pro, but in my opinion, competition BBQ has grown in the past 3 years. The competition calendar is filling up, and teams have a couple competitions each month to choose from. Not only are the competitions on the rise, but there are many many new teams coming out to compete. That is a great thing for the sport of BBQ. Speaking of the sport of BBQ, Darryl Mast has some great shows out on teams and following BBQ as a sport. You can check out Darryl on facebook, or he has tons of information on YouTube. Darryl has videos that can really help out some new teams, as well as teams that have been around.

I think folks like Darryl, and all who are involved with sharing BBQ thoughts, and procedures on-line, via social media, YouTube or on the many BBQ blog talk shows that have popped up lately. I have my favorites, but there are many great ones to listen, and they have tons of information. So, if you haven’t listened, or if you are not able to catch the show live, there is always a playback available. Make sure to take advantage of this source of BBQ information.

This weekend was a big weekend for competitions, it looked like a lot of teams kicked off their 2014 season this weekend. We were not able to compete this weekend, so we did the next best thing, went out and supported the teams. We also stopped in spent some time with our new sponsor, Just Grillin, in Tampa, FL. Doug Driscoll and his team at Just Grillin do a great job, and have an awesome store. We are looking forward to introducing some of Just Grillin’s products to other teams on the circuit. There are a lot of exciting things in the works for Just Grillin, please stay tune for what Just Grillin can do for you and your team, or visit them on line at:

11743 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, Florida 33618

Visit Just Grillin at: 11743 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, Florida 33618

It looks like there will be some time for practice cooks for HGW. We have a couple months before our next comp., and that will give us some time to revamp a couple of things, especially our ribs. I have some serious work to do on our ribs. So the next couple months, I’m hoping to get our ribs back on track.



Good smokin’ luck to everyone hitting the competition trail. Safe travels to all.

Let’s Talk Hog!!! 2013 in review


It was a good year for my blog, I enjoyed writing each blog and sharing results with all the Competition BBQ enthusiasts out there. Wishing everyone a great Year in 2014, and hope to continue growing this blog. Thanks for everyone’s support.


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed by 9,900 unique individuals and in 73 different countries around the world, in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout – Oviedo, FL – RESULTS:. was the most viewed in one day at 231 visits.

Click here to see the complete report.

BBQ Pitmasters Season 5 Audition


Here is the audition tape I submitted to BBQ Pitmasters a couple weeks ago. I thought it would be fun to share, the window for submitting tapes ends today. I had fun putting this together, and did it all on my phone. I know it is a bit cheezy, but I hope they like it enough to give us the chance to show the BBQ world what we can do. Good smokin’ luck to everyone turning in a video.



Southern Pines Blues & BBQ: RESULTS & TOTY




Well, Florida BBQ Association’s (FBA) Team of the Year is in the books for 2013, and it literally came down to the wire. Southern Pines Blues & BBQ in Perry, FL was the last event on the FBA calendar for 2013, and was the deciding event for the TOTY.  3 teams, Sweet Smoke Q, Hot Wachula’s & Big Papa‘s Country Kitchen, all were within range to be crowned team of the year, Sweet Smoke Q and Hot Wachula’s were separated by only one point, going into the Perry event. I think each of the three teams were in first place, sometime throughout the year. It looks like it all came down to the brisket call, Hot Wachula pulled out a first place brisket at Perry, and that put him over the top in the overall score for TOTY. Here are the overall final results for 2013. Congratulations to all teams and their efforts.

1. Hot Wachula’s 527
2. Sweet Smoke Q 522
3. Big Papa’s Country Kitchen 515
4. Team Unknown 425
5. Swamp Boys 373
6. Git-R-Smoked 354
7. Blitzkrieg BBQ 267
8. B & T BBQ Cook Team 197
9. [Tie] Budmeisters 181
9. {Tie] Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia 181
10. Jacks Old South 161
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce your FBA TOTY, Matt Barber from Hot Wachula's BBQ. :)

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce your FBA TOTY, Matt Barber from Hot Wachula’s BBQ. :)

Jim Elser, Sweet Smoke Q hanging out with Brad Kay of Lang BBQ Smokers, in Vegas, for the WFC.

Jim Elser, Sweet Smoke Q hanging out with Brad Kay of Lang BBQ Smokers, in Vegas, for the WFC.

Now there was a regular competition going on at Perry, also, and there were 42 top teams battling for that coveted Grand Championship. Team Unknown ended up the year in 4th overall for the TOTY, with their 5th Grand!!! What a year for this super team, and they are not looking to slow down in 2014. Anytime you see that Dickel battle wagon pull in at a BBQ competition, every team better be on their “A” game to try and beat these guys. Congratulation JW, Dorsey & Papa Clark!!!!

Team Unknown picking up some McRib secrets, on their way up to Perry.

Team Unknown picking up some McRib secrets, on their way up to Perry.

December BBQ in Florida....everyone still in shorts!!! Terry McKay, Damon Wooley & Dana Hillis.

December BBQ in Florida….everyone still in shorts!!! Terry McKay, Damon Wooley & Dana Hillis.

Congrats to B & T Cook Team, with another strong showing and earning the RGC. Talk about strong showings lately, Lang BBQ Smokers with Brad Kay & Corree Wood Schurman have been on fire!!! They just won the Ga., FBA State championship last month, and a strong 3rd place finish here, Great job guys!!!

Congratulations to all teams that heard their names called. FBA has a few short weeks off, then things really start to heat up here after the New Year‘s. I know I have at least 5 weeks straight of BBQ in Jan.-Feb. We are looking for a strong year this year, and hope to see many teams back on the trail, and hope to see many new teams come out and make their make in the BBQ world. We all need to help encourage new teams, and help them along and help this sport we all love grow. I am always open to give a helping hand to new teams, or just talk Q with someone with questions as to how to get started. I’m certainly not the most seasoned pro out there, but I will do what I can for anyone.

I hope everyone has a great Holiday Season, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to one and all!!!

Rank Team Total Chicken Ribs Pork Brisket
1 Team Unknown BBQ 770.59999 193.8333 194.7833 195.0167 186.9667
2 B & T BBQ Cook Team 768.73333 195.9667 188.1500 191.4667 193.1500
3 Lang BBQ Smokers 767.26665 195.9500 191.2500 189.1000 190.9667
4 Uncle Kenny’s BBQ 763.33335 189.1333 187.7000 194.7833 191.7167
5 Swamp Boys 763.03332 193.1500 186.9333 192.4167 190.5333
6 Rooster Sunday 762.13329 195.2500 188.6667 185.3333 192.8833
7 Sweet Smoke Q 762.11665 195.4833 186.0333 191.0167 189.5833
8 Hot Wachula’s 760.31669 186.5500 185.3667 193.3667 195.0333
9 Budmeisters 760.08329 195.0667 186.2500 195.0500 183.7167
10 Poverty Hill Smokers 759.38332 187.0000 192.9167 191.2167 188.2500
11 Big Kahuna BBQ 757.86664 191.7167 183.4000 193.1500 189.6000
12 Big Papa’s Country Kitchen 755.71666 188.1500 185.8167 187.4000 194.3500
13 Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia 755.68331 192.9500 188.8667 189.0500 184.8167
14 Barbeque Crew 753.28334 185.7167 181.3000 192.2000 194.0667
15 Git-R-Smoked 749.53333 190.5333 186.2167 187.7000 185.0833
16 Old Man Joes 749.34999 184.6167 183.6500 189.3667 191.7167
17 Forrest’s Fine Foods 748.58332 186.2500 180.8000 187.1500 194.3833
18 Smokey Butts 748.03333 183.9333 193.8667 186.2833 183.9500
19 Smokin’ Your Butt 747.43333 185.5667 179.4000 195.7500 186.7167
20 Team Waterdog 747.21667 191.4833 181.0833 182.9500 191.7000
21 Wink’s Barbeque 745.56665 187.9000 180.3333 186.5500 190.7833
22 Matt Daddy’s BBQ 744.10001 188.3833 187.1833 187.9667 180.5667
23 Q-Fused 743.11667 186.2833 189.0833 181.6833 186.0667
24 Munchees Smokehouse 739.29999 182.7167 180.7667 186.0167 189.8000
25 Cook’s Portable Smokehouse 736.46668 180.3833 191.9667 179.7667 184.3500
26 The Ross Team 730.21665 183.9167 180.0333 184.0167 182.2500
27 Grandpa’s Pride 729.88335 182.9833 177.5333 184.0834 185.2833
28 Pork Rindz 729.53332 179.7667 183.5333 187.4833 178.7500
29 Barn Goddess BBQ 729.05001 179.3833 184.4000 177.5833 187.6833
30 BGE Pit Crew 727.73331 184.5333 171.7333 185.9333 185.5333
31 Dis Is It 727.68333 189.0667 183.8167 172.3833 182.4167
32 Awesome Q 727.66665 175.8833 187.7000 186.4000 177.6833
33 Second Star BBQ 726.50001 183.4167 190.4000 179.8000 172.8833
34 Boog-A-Lous Smoke Crew 720.13332 182.9167 185.7667 181.7667 169.6833
35 Pharter Starter’s BBQ Team 712.71665 183.2000 179.5833 182.4833 167.4500
36 Hot J 709.76666 180.0000 178.9000 179.5333 171.3333
37 Smokin R’s 681.03335 175.0167 173.3833 164.7833 167.8500
38 Deep Submergence 674.51669 170.5667 167.1500 172.8833 163.9167
39 Stumbling Steer 664.68334 167.1500 166.1833 164.3500 167.0000
40 Dre’s Place BBQ 645.91668 152.8833 165.1167 172.6333 155.2834
41 Bark Like a Hog 361.46666 0.0000 0.0000 186.4167 175.0500
42 We Be Smokin’ 338.96668 0.0000 0.0000 168.1333 170.8334

Rank Team Score
1 B & T BBQ Cook Team 195.96666
2 Lang BBQ Smokers 195.94999
3 Sweet Smoke Q 195.48333
4 Rooster Sunday 195.24998
5 Budmeisters 195.06665
6 Team Unknown BBQ 193.83334
7 Swamp Boys 193.15000
8 Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia 192.94998
9 Big Kahuna BBQ 191.71666
10 Team Waterdog 191.48334

Rank Team Score
1 Team Unknown BBQ 194.78332
2 Smokey Butts 193.86666
3 Poverty Hill Smokers 192.91666
4 Cook’s Portable Smokehouse 191.96667
5 Lang BBQ Smokers 191.24999
6 Second Star BBQ 190.40000
7 Q-Fused 189.08333
8 Wooley Bully BBQ Mafia 188.86666
9 Rooster Sunday 188.66666
10 B & T BBQ Cook Team 188.15001

Rank Team Score
1 Smokin’ Your Butt 195.75000
2 Budmeisters 195.04999
3 Team Unknown BBQ 195.01666
4 Uncle Kenny’s BBQ 194.78334
5 Hot Wachula’s 193.36667
6 Big Kahuna BBQ 193.14999
7 Swamp Boys 192.41666
8 Barbeque Crew 192.20000
9 B & T BBQ Cook Team 191.46666
10 Poverty Hill Smokers 191.21667

Rank Team Score
1 Hot Wachula’s 195.03334
2 Forrest’s Fine Foods 194.38332
3 Big Papa’s Country Kitchen 194.35000
4 Barbeque Crew 194.06666
5 B & T BBQ Cook Team 193.15000
6 Rooster Sunday 192.88332
7 Uncle Kenny’s BBQ 191.71666
8 Old Man Joes 191.71665
9 Team Waterdog 191.70000
10 Lang BBQ Smokers 190.96666