Who’s Who of BBQ


Legends of the Pit

When we first had the idea for Q in the Lou, we knew if we could get the world’s greatest pitmasters together in one location, then there would be meaty magic a-plenty. So we set out to assemble a team so amazing, so knowledgeable, and so well respected that they would be worthy to be called the Legends of the Pit. These pitmasters are the real deal and they have the world championship trophies to prove it. Sink your teeth into their award-winning BBQ at Bud Select Pit Row. Your taste buds will be forever grateful that you did. 


Carey Bringle

Peg Leg Porker
Nashville, TN

For over a quarter century, Carey has competed at Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and he has the talent that brings trophies back home to Nashville, where he serves up his signature BBQ and whiskey. 

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Marlando "Big Moe" Cason

Ponderosa BBQ
Des Moines, IA

One of the biggest names and biggest personalities in BBQ brings big flavors to Q in the Lou. Big Moe lives the BBQ life every day and his pit prowess has earned him numerous spots on television, on commercials, and on countless plates of BBQ. 

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Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald

Sugarfire Smokehouse
St. Louis, MO

This power couple has the talent and insight you would expect from two classically trained chefs who saw the light and embraced the unique challenges of achieving smoked excellence. They combine the hallowed traditions of BBQ along with with their one-of-a-kind spin on the craft. 

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Brad and Brooke Orrison

The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint
Ocean Springs, MS

This dynamic duo hasn’t met a meat that they couldn’t smoke to perfection. They do everything with a unique flair that reflects their enigmatic and magnetic personnas. They invite you to come get fed at The Shed this year at Q in the Lou. 

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Garry Roark and Leslie Scott Roark

Ubon’s BBQ
Yazoo City, MS

These multi-generational BBQ legends have forgotten more about BBQ than most of us know. It’s all about southern hospitality, and a visit with the Ubon’s crew at Q in the Lou will include a healthy dose of brilliant BBQ, killer bloody marys and stupid good fried chicken. 

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Scott Roberts

The Salt Lick BBQ
Driftwood, TX

Nobody messes with Texas, especially when it comes to brisket. At The Salt Lick, they run the nation's oldest open pit, which has been smoking since 1965. The secrets to succulent brisket are an age-old family secret that you can experience at the Q. 


Skip Steele

Pappy’s Smokehouse and Bogart’s Smokehouse
St. Louis, MO

From his childhood in Memphis, Skip has lived his whole life dedicated to the style of BBQ from the city that made him what he is today. Skip does not mess around...at all...and his BBQ proves it. Take a trip down I-55 in every bite of his Memphis-style ‘que. 

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John David Wheeler

Memphis Barbecue Company
Horn Lake, MS

The head pitmaster for the much-decorated and widely respected Natural Born Grillers competition team, John is one of the most awarded pitmasters in the world. He makes one righteous rack of ribs, and he has the trophies to prove it. 

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