Ya know, competition BBQ is a funny sport to get involved with. For a competitive person, it’s like crack, (from what I’ve heard about crack) one hit and your hooked. I knew the first time we heard our name called, we were doing this again, and haven’t stopped since. One of the pluses about competition BBQ is, getting to meet some really great folks, and still get to compete with BBQ enthusiast. Let’s face it, for most of us, our time on the playing field is over, but we can still feed that competitive urge on the competition BBQ trails. Don’t short change these fierce competitors, some BBQ teams are just out to have a good time once or twice a year at a local competition, but the serious teams are out to take down the competition. Teams can tell which category other competing teams fall in, the party teams, or the serious competition team. I have not had the chance to meet Lori Frazee from Barn Goddess BBQ, before a couple of weeks ago, but as soon as I did, I knew this lady was serious about BBQ.
Lori Frazee sporting her brisket award.
Lori has a radio show that airs every Wednesday @7:00pm EST, on Blog Talk radio. If you have missed any episodes you can check out the archives here I have been listening to her show for a couple months now, and I really enjoy it. I can really tell Lori has a good time on her show, and is very organized. She conducts a very informative interview with her guest, and has a way of putting the guest at ease, which helps them to get the information to the listeners. Lori has had numerous guest on her show that are at the top of the competition BBQ scene. Recently Lori has had; Lynnae Oxley, Rob “Rub” Bagby, Jim Elser, Thomas Henry, David Bouska & the Big Wayner himself, Wayne Brown (cracked me up every time she said that). Those are just a few of the big names in BBQ that have appeared on Lori’s weekly show. All are talking competition BBQ, and everyone that has an interest in competition BBQ, should listen to shows, like Lori’s, some great information to be learned, just from these shows, not to mention, it is a lot of fun. So, if you missed the live show, you can always listen to the archived shows, use the link above for your convenience.
I was able to get a great interview from Lori, she has a very busy schedule, and I would like to thank her for taking time for doing an interview for us. Very informative interview, and I hope you all enjoy it.
Set up & ready for cooking at Live Oak, FL
LTH: Lori, please tell us what is your team name, how did you come up with that name?
Lori: My teams name Barn Goddess BBQ came from my last business, The Playful Parrot, a bird toy company. I have a full wood working shop, in my barn. One of the gals that worked for me, came in with a hat for me as I was spending my usual 6-8 hours in front of one of my saws. The hat said “Barn Goddess”, she had always said I was the Goddess of my barn. When I joined the FBA I needed a name, and that’s all I could come up with. My honey has been wanting me to find a more appropriate BBQ name, but I feel that shiphas sailed, and I pretty much an stuck this the name.
LTH: Where is Barn Goddess BBQ located, & who is on the team with you?
Lori: Barn Goddess BBQ is located in Dunnellon, Florida. I cook alone, the good thing about that is, there’s no one to blame, the bad thing is …..there’s no one to blame.
LTH: How many BBQ competitions has your team competed in. and what was your best finish?
Lori: 9 FBA competitions and 1 Battle at BBQ Junction. I finished 3rd over all at one of the competitions, & I won my Battle at BBQ Junction.
Accepting her GC at the Big Papa’s Battle at BBQ Junction. With Bernie Schwartz.
To learn more about the Battle at BBQ Junction cook offs, and watch videos of the Battles, visit BBQSuperstars.com
LTH: Lori, what made you decide to do BBQ competitions?
Lori: I needed something to do, and I like competitions and cooking. I have done some Chili Cook offs years ago and recipe contests.
LTH: What is your favorite category to cook in a BBQ competition & why?
Lori: I live to cook brisket cause, when it comes to catering, I kick booty in brisket. I love the flavor and improving it all the time.
LTH: What was the call that surprised you the most, and why?
Lori: 6th place in Ribs at the Treasure Coast contest, in Ft. Pierce, FL, cause I had horrible packs of ribs, and took them at the last minute, just to make sure I turned everything in.
LTH: What or Who, help you out the most when you got started in competition BBQ?
Lori: Rob “Rub” Bagby, I took his class before I read or did anything competitively, and then he was set up next to me at my first contest. However lots of people have helped me since.
Rub Bagby offers classes throughout the year, and he has traveled to give classes. To learn more about Rub’s upcoming classes please visit, Swampboys.com
LTH: What is one thing, or event, that has touched you personally within the world of BBQ?
Lori: The way that BBQ folks will go out and help the folks during disasters, ie, Operation BBQ Relief.
LTH: I know you also do some catering,how’s that going for you & is your catering something you would like to grow?
Lori: I do quite a bit of catering, a small restaurant could easily be in my future. I hate to borrow money, so it will have to come as I can afford it. I have a Concession Trailer that I use for some on-site multi-day catering jobs, and I have the big box truck with all the fix-in’s. It’s coming slow, but sure.
LTH: What is on your BBQ Bucket List?
Lori: Whole Hog MIM. I love to cook Whole Hogs and just don’t get much chance to do it.
Lori show some Whole Hog Skills
LTH: Many teams are having a hard time with the pork category. Now, without “giving up the farm”, do you have any suggestions for teams out there looking to up their pork scores?
Lori: Plan and simply, get on “The Juice”, it really does make a difference in the cooking, and the tenderness of the meat. I inject even with my catering jobs. “The Juice” is part of my SOP!!!
Check out “The Juice” at www.sweetsmokeq.com
LTH: Can you tell us a little about your show on blog talk radio?
Lori: I want to have all sorts of BBQ folks on, talking about their experiences even if they are new, there is always something to learn and share with others. I also wanted to include personalities from all across the country.
Lori hanging out with Everglades Seasoning BBQ team.
LTH: What drew you to do a BBQ radio show?
Lori: I had such a good time during the filming of my Battle at BBQ Junction, it was mentioned to me, and that following Wednesday, I was on the air.
LTH: What goals do you have for your show?
Lori: The hope is to really grow the audience. I love doing the little live remotes, so live interviews, on site, would really five me the giggles. Most of the teams are pretty accommodation, even when caught off guard.
I know about Lori catching folks off guard, she got HGWBBQ at the Fun Cook. It won’t happen again!!! lol
LTH: Who would be your dream person to cook BBQ with?
Lori: Melissa Cookston, even though she blew me off for an interview. She’s organized, and seems to keep her cooks tight. But I recently cooked with Jim Elser, from Sweet Smoke Q, and that is a close second, so I’m a pretty happy girl.
LTH: I hear you have a thing for bugs? Can you tell us a bit about that?
Lori: I collected bugs as a kid, actually won the Region Science Fair with the Anatomy of an Insect. I Have a minor in Entomology from Purdue. It’s a fascinating world. My poor parents never knew what would be hatching in our house on any given day. I raised Praying Mantis and several types of large Moths.
Don’t try getting any of Lori’s BBQ, before it’s done….lol
Feeding folks at Live Oak, FL
LTH: What would be one thing you would tell a new team, looking to get into competition BBQ?
Lori: Take a technique class and become a Certified BBQ Judge. You can see all kinds of box presentations and taste lots of different meats. If the opportunity presents itself, cook with another team once or twice.
LTH: What is you up coming competition schedule looking like?
Lori: I’m signed up the the FBA event in Kissimmee, FL that a Brisket Only contest, to promote my catering, Hopefully, Thanksgiving & Christmas will be busy.
LTH: Does your team/show have any sponsors you would like to acknowledge?
Lori: Sweet Smoke Q, Pitmaster Depot, Pit Barrel Cooker Co. and Pirate 50. I also have several companies that have provided sample products and I acknowledge them and their generosity on my website.
I would like to thank Lori for taking time out of her busy schedule for this insightful interview. It was great to finally meet you at the Fun Cook, and I have enjoyed your new venture in BBQ with your radio show, I know it will be a huge success.
It was for a period of time that competition BBQ was really just a man’s world, but boys, I’m here to tell ya, these lady’s are serious competitors, and getting the BBQ right. I have watched many GC’s and even World Championships go to female pitmasters, which I think is great for the sport of BBQ. I know my team would not be where we are, if it were not for the support and help of my Wife, but to see anyone who cooks and compete a BBQ contest on their own, well they have my full respect.
Competition BBQ is have a bit of a surge right now, and I think Lori has started her show at a great time. She is getting information out to the public, and helping getting folks into competition BBQ. That is good for all of us in the BBQ nation, so please join me in supporting Lori and her show, and if you see Lori at a competition, stop by and say Hi, and look out, she might just pull out her microphone…..