Join us every Thursday during barbecue season for live cooking demonstrations, barbecue tips & techniques, samples & snacks with a Kansas City BBQ Store Pitmaster.
Check out the schedule of events below.
See the recipes our pitmasters have shared with us thus far.
barbecue sauce, in both an original and spicy variety.
To kick off our Pitmaster Thursdays series, Mark demonstrated how to cook pizza on a Big Green Egg. You can check out a recap of the event here, and find the recipe and cooking instructions here.
Loren Hill and his wife, Cheryl, make up The Smoking Hills, a competition barbecue team from Overland Park, KS. Since joining the competition circuit in 2007, The Smoking Hills have won 16 barbecue championships, including the prestigious American Royal Invitational in 2015. In 2015, they were also named overall World Food Champion at the World Food Championships.
Loren came out and showed us how to cook up some chicken wings on his Gateway Drum Smokers. View the video and photo recap of his event, and get the recipe for both of his chicken wing varieties.
Donny Teel of Buffalo's BBQ will be joining us all the way from Sperry, Oklahoma. His accolades are numerous, with more than 40 Grand Championships in 8 states, not to mention a Grand Champion win at the Jack Daniels BBQ World Championship, and two Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion wins at the American Royal. When he's not traveling to compete, he's teaching classes and opening his trailer as a restaurant in his hometown.
Donny shared his expertise while grilling up pork tenderloins on a Weber Grill, which he then turned into some very tasty tacos. Check out his recipe for an expertly cooked pork tenderloin here, and find the full event recap here.
Stephanie Wilson has been competing in Kansas City Barbeque Society contests as a member of TheSlabs.com since 1996, along with her sister, Val Wilson, and their pal, Kyle Laval. They've won more than twenty Grand Championships and have cooked twice at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, winning first place in chicken in 2001. Stephanie and her team have also launched their own line of rubs and sauces.
Stephanie came out and showed us how to whip up an incredible tailgating spread ahead of opening day for the baseball season. She shared three different recipes with us, which you can see here. Then, check out the full event recap here.
March 30: Traeger Grills
Our friends from Traeger Grills came out to do a demo of their new Timberline Grill. This new addition to their lineup features Wi-Fi control that can be programmed with custom cook cycles and is easily controlled from a smartphone or tablet. The three stainless steel racks maximize cooking surface area, while a new barrel shape creates convection for even heat throughout. If you like what you see, it's now available for purchase in our store.
Randy Robinett, one of the pitmasters behind the team R Butts R Smokin', has been cooking competitively since 2004, and has had much success including many Grand Champion wins. The team's already taken home their first Grand Champion win this season, from Spring Hill earlier in March. They also have their own line of rubs, which you can find at The Kansas City BBQ Store.
Randy cooked up some pork tenderloin which he turned into sliders, topped with a perfect pairing of his Sweet and Spicy Garlic Pickles. Find his recipes here, or check out his event recap.
Loren Hill of the competition barbecue team The Smoking Hills, will be with us once again for another demonstration, after his first appearance featuring chicken wings on his Gateway Drum Smokers. His team's accolades include 16 barbecue championships, including the prestigious American Royal Invitational in 2015. In 2015, they were also named overall World Food Champion at the World Food Championships.
Our very own Dan Hathaway showed off the new Traeger Timberline to cook up some Asian Pork Tacos. In his role as general manager of The Kansas City BBQ Store, Dan has helped hundreds of BBQ enthusiasts of all skill levels cook to their highest potential. He's also been cooking competitively with his wife, Jacque, since 2008, and their team, Hathaway's Old Style BBQ, has won three Grand Championships.
We doubled up on this Pitmaster Thursday, with both Rick Salmon of the Smokin' Salmons and Tom Elder of Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Rub cooking up something delicious. Rick made his signature Loin Back ribs on a Gateway Drum Smoker, while Tom grilled some tender, smoky pork belly on the new Weber Summit Charcoal Grill. Find both of their recipes and cooking instructions here.
May 11: Donny Teel
Donny Teel of Buffalo's BBQ will be with us for a second time this season. After showing off his skills here previously by cooking up some extremely tender pork tenderloin for tacos, he'll be back to show us something new. Beyond teaching classes and opening his trailer as a restaurant in his hometown of Sperry, Oklahoma, he's also seen impressive success on the competitive circuit with more than 40 Grand Championships in 8 states, a Grand Champion win at the Jack Daniels BBQ World Championship, and two Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion wins at the American Royal.
May 25: Bethany & David McAllister
Bethany and David McAllister make up a husband and wife competition BBQ team, 913 BBQ, located in Olathe, Kansas. A few years ago they helped friends with a competition, and were instantly hooked. In 2014, they decided to form their own team and have seen considerable success since, most notably, the Grand Champion win at last year's American Royal Invitational. They came out and cooked up some delicious sliders made extra tasty by a secret ingredient. See the recipe here.
The Kansas City BBQ Store
11922 S Strang Line Rd.
Olathe, Kansas 66062