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2024
First Place Turkey (Perfect / Perfect Score) Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis,  TN
4th Place Chicken (Tied for 1st with a Perfect Score) Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN
First Place Pork BBQ Boogie & Blues Calhoun, GA

2023
First Place Seafood Rub National Barbecue & Grilling Association - Awards of Excellence Orlando, FL

2021
First Place Brisket (perfect 180 score!) BBQ Boogie & Blues Calhoun, GA

2017
People's Choice Sip & Swine BBQ Festival Lawerenceville, GA

2014
First Place Sauce Cornelia Apple Blossom Festival Cornelia, GA

2013
First Place Chicken Pigs and Peaches Kennesaw, GA
First Place Ribs Atlanta BBQ Festival Atlanta, GA

2011
People's Choice Best Butt in Town Canton Pignic Canton, GA

2001
First Place Chicken Big Brother, Big Sister Charity BBQ Lafayette, LA

2000
Best Sauce on the Planet The American Royal Kansas City, MO

1999
Grand Champion Mississippi State BBQ Ashland, MS
Grand Champion Best Ribs The Memphis Flyer Memphis, TN

1998
First Place Ribs Primm Valley BBQ Championship Primm Valley, NY
First Place Whole Hog The Jack Daniel's Invitational Lynchberg, TN
Grand Champion Mississippi State BBQ Ashland, MS
Grand Champion Blue Ridge BBQ Championship Tryon, NC
Grand Champion Primm Valley BBQ Championship Primm Valley, NY

1997
Grand Champion Mississippi State BBQ Ashland, MS
People's Choice Smithsonian July 4th BBQ Invitational Washington, D.C.

1996
Best Sauce Arkansas BBQ Championship, Batesville, AR Batesville, AR
First Place Ribs St Jude - VFW BBQ Festival Memphis, TN
Grand Champion St Jude - VFW BBQ Festival Memphis, TN
People's Choice Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN

1995
First Place Cajun Sauce The American Royal Kansas City, MO
First Place Hot Sauce The American Royal Kansas City, MO
First Place Mild Vinegar Sauce The American Royal Kansas City, MO
First Place Beef Anything But Pork BBQ Contest Southhaven, MS
First Place Seafood Pasta Anything But Pork BBQ Contest Southhaven, MS
Grand Champion Anything But Pork BBQ Contest Southhaven, MS

1994

First Place Brisket Massachusetts State Championship Lexington, MA
First Place Chicken Massachusetts State Championship Lexington, MA
People's Choice - Ribs Massachusetts State Championship Lexington, MA
Grand Champion Massachusetts State Championship Lexington, MA
First Place Shoulder Blue Ridge BBQ Championship Tryon, NC
Grand Champion Blue Ridge BBQ Championship Tryon, NC
First Place Brisket The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Ribs The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
Grand Champion The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO

1993
Grand Champion Chicken American Pitmasters BBQ Boston, MA
First Place Hot Seasoning The American Royal Kansas City, MO
First Place Pork Jumer's Casino BBQ Rock Island, IL
First Place Brisket Jumer's Casino BBQ Rock Island, IL
First Place Pork The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Brisket The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Ribs Pig and Pepper Championship Carlisle, MA
First Place Pork Pig and Pepper Championship Carlisle, MA

1992
First Place Ribs St Jude - VFW BBQ Festival Memphis, TN
First Place "Skinners Pasta" Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN
First Place Anything But Pork Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN
First Place Ribs Star Tribune's Peoples Choice Minneapolis, MN
Grand Champion Star Tribune's Peoples Choice Minneapolis, MN
First Place Ribs People's Choice BBQ Festival Norfolk, VA
Grand Champion People's Choice BBQ Festival Norfolk, VA
First Place Poultry Great Yankee BBQ Boston, MA
First Place Ribs Great Yankee BBQ Boston, MA
First Place Shoulder Great Yankee BBQ Boston, MA
Grand Champion Great Yankee BBQ Boston, MA
People's Choice Great Yankee BBQ Boston, MA
First Place Brisket The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Lamb The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
Best Sauce on the Planet The American Royal Kansas City, MO
Reserve Grand Champion The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO

1991
First Place Whole Hog Arkansas State Championship Blythville, AR
First Place Brisket The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Shoulder The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
Grand Champion The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Whole Hog Arkansas State Championship Blythville, AR
First Place Whole Hog Covington Jaycee BBQ Covington, TN
First Place Ribs Covington Jaycee BBQ Covington, TN
First Place Whole Hog City Fest Tuscaloosa, AL
First Place Shoulder City Fest Tuscaloosa, AL
First Place Whole Hog Christmas on the River Demoposis, AL
First Place Ribs Christmas on the River Demoposis, AL
Grand Champion Christmas on the River Demoposis, AL
First Place Brisket Pine Castle BBQ Festival Orlando, FL
First Place Shoulder Pine Castle BBQ Festival Orlando, FL
First Place Whole Hog Pine Castle BBQ Festival Orlando, FL
First Place Ribs National Rib Cookoff Cleveland, OH
Grand Champion National Rib Cookoff Cleveland, OH

1990
First Place Whole Hog Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN
First Place Brisket The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Shoulder The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Wings The American Royal Kansas City, MO
First Place Ribs National Rib Cookoff Cleveland, OH
Grand Champion National Rib Cookoff Cleveland, OH

1989
First Place Ribs Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IA
First Place Beef Iowa State Fair Des Moines, IA
First Place Ribs Mississippi Valley BBQ Festival Davenport, IA
First Place Beef Mississippi Valley BBQ Festival Davenport, IA
First Place Lamb American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO

1987
First Place Spare Ribs World's Best Ribs Richmond, VA
Grand Champion World's Best Ribs Richmond, VA

1986
First Place Brisket South Fork Ranch BBQ Dallas, TX
First Place Chicken South Fork Ranch BBQ Dallas, TX
First Place Ribs South Fork Ranch BBQ Dallas, TX
Grand Champion South Fork Ranch BBQ Dallas, TX

1984
First Place Brisket The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Lamb The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Pork The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
Grand Champion The American Royal Invitational Kansas City, MO
First Place Ribs Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN
Grand Champion Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN

1983
First Place Ribs Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN
Grand Champion Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Cooking Contest Memphis, TN

2024 - 19th Shoulder

2023 - 19th Shoulder

2022 - 15th Shoulder

2021 - 16th Shoulder

2010 - 15th Ribs

2000 - 9th Whole Hog

1999 - 3rd Whole Hog

1998 - 4th Whole Hog

1997 - 5th Whole Hog

1996 - 6th Whole Hog

1995 - 7th Whole Hog

1994 - 8th Whole Hog

1993 - 4th Shoulder

1992 - 4th Shoulder

1991 - 5th Shoulder

1990 -  1st Whole Hog

1984 - 1st Ribs

1984 - Grand Champion

1983 - 1st Ribs

1983 - Grand Champion

1981 - 2nd Ribs

2021
Featured on Martynas Starkus' Pasaulio Puodai (Pots of the World) on LRT.LT TV Memphis In May, Memphis, TN Click To View Starts at around the 38:30 mark.

2014
Featured In Oprah.com Article Oprah.com Click To View

2013
Featured on Adam Richman's "Fandemonium" Memphis In May, Memphis, TN Click To View

2001
Featured as "Best BBQ in Memphis, TN" Chili Pepper Magazine

2001
Featured on Food Nation with Bobby Flay S2 Ep17 - Memphis, TN New York, NY

2000
Frito Lay's / Cross Creek Ranch BBQ & Barn Dance, McKinney, TX

1999

Featured on Food Network's with Al Roker New York, NY

1998
Best Cooker in the World Memphis In May, Memphis, TN

1998
Featured on "Home Cooking with Amy Coleman" Vancouver, B.C.

1998
Featured on NBC Today Show's BBQ Special New York, NY

1997
Best Cooker in the World Memphis In May, Memphis, TN

1997
Featured on "At Home on the Grill" PBS Special Memphis, TN

1997
Featured on "Prime Time Live" at Memphis in May Memphis, TN

1996
Best Que O shore Freeport McMoran Invitational, Gulf of Mexico

1995
The "Sony's" Best Barbeque in America Long Island, NY

1995
The Quinn Award for Bar-B-Que Excellence Jonesboro, AR

1994
Best Cooker in the World Memphis In May, Memphis, TN

1993
Best Cooker in the World Memphis In May, Memphis, TN

1992
Cook Team of the Year Memphis In May, Memphis, TN

1991
Cook Team of the Year Memphis In May, Memphis, TN

1st Place World Champion Turkey Smoke at Memphis in May 2024
1st Place World Champion Turkey Smoke at Memphis in May 2024
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