World Famous W’ham Turbo Cooker: Elevating The BBQ Game

W’ham® Turbo Cooker: Less Smoke, More Heat

Championship Ribs

John Willingham created and patented the W’ham® Turbo Cooker nearly forty years ago and made his mark in culinary history. No less an authority than Nathan Myrvold, the former Microsoft technologist known for his painstaking research into cooking techniques, credits the W’ham® Turbo Cooker for the best ribs he’s ever made.

The cooker minimizes the smoke but maximizes the taste, using an offset/indirect heat source to keep the fire away from the meat while cooking at low temperature that defines classic barbecue. The basic version (60 inches wide, 35 inches deep and 77 inches tall) is built of durable, sanitary stainless steel – to last and last. With it, you can cook 42 slabs of ribs, 100 lbs. of butts or brisket, 16 burgers and even an 80lbs to 100lbs whole hog. Should the need arise, you can cook 528 hot dogs in an hour.

Willingham’s has also developed a commercial version of the cooker that can handle up to 125 slabs of ribs, 40 butts or briskets or two 130lbs whole hogs at the same time!

Still in use by the Willingham's competition team, the W’ham® Turbo Cooker has won fans all over the country, and has been the foundation of Willingham’s amazing record in barbecue competitions (along with, of course, our rubs and sauces).

One of the original cookers can be found on display at the American Royal BBQ Hall of Fame in Kansas City, MO.

Cook Like a Champion

As John always liked to say: “I doubt you can find a better cooker regardless of price: Haint no brag if ya kin doit.” Having stopped production in 2016, we look forward to starting production again of the Backyard edition in the near future.  To keep up to date on our progress and availability use the following link to contact us and be added to our mailing.

W’ham® Turbo Cooker Owner?

We would love to hear from you!   Please drop us an email or tag us on post on social media (IG @willinghams_bbq or FB @willinghamsauces).    We would love to add pictures of your cooker to an owners gallery on the website.

Wham Turbo Cooker
John Willingham and his W'ham Turbo Cooker