This past weekend I competed with Pork Barrel BBQ at the Safeway National BBQ Championship in the heart of Washington, DC.  We had a blast.  We cooked chicken and brisket on Saturday and Ribs and Pork on Sunday.  We had a great showing.  Read below to see the results.

After turn ins on Saturday they tallied the votes for the Perdue National Chicken Champion competition and we won.

Winning the Purdue Chicken National Championship

Yeah that is Heath, Brett, Mr. Perdue and myself.  It was awesome seeing Mr. Perdue, I love his commercials.

We had to wait in suspense to see how we did in the rest of the categories.  At 7 PM on Sunday they gathered up all of the competitors and gave out the awards.

First in Chicken

We ended up winning the Grand Champion, beating 41 other top BBQ teams.  We took 1st Place Chicken, 5th Place Ribs, 7th Place Pork and 5th Place Brisket.  We also won 3rd in the pork board championship that tallied the scores from Pork and Ribs.  It was a lot of fun.

We won it all
I don’t know if you can tell, but the Grand Champion Trophy is about 7 feet tall.  It towered over me.  The whole trophy didn’t fit into the picture.
The best part about this win, is that it includes an automatic invitation to two of the top prestigious contests on the professional barbecue competition circuit – the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational Contest in Kansas City, Missouri and the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
A giant cardboard check
Yeah that is me holding a giant cardboard check.  I have always wanted to get one of those.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. Look at you with the Kingsford check! I bet you had a blast cooking with them again. You seem to be good luck for them. You should write something up about this and submit it to Clint Cantwell to be posted on

    • Chris, I am not sure, but I think their PR person might already be on that. It was a blast. However, everything is a blast when you win something.

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