Alabama Team

Smoke Me Silly

Robert Vanderipe

This will be our 12th year competing. We have 42 grand championships in about 180 competitions. Competitions have been disappearing in our area but we are ready to get back at it .


Georgia Teams

Hold Your horses

Cary Chasteen

I’m Cary Chasteen with Hold Your Horses BBQ. I learned my love of BBQ from my dad cooking whole hogs every September for neighborhood gatherings. I started competing in 2015 cooking my hometown contest. I’ve cooked GBA,MBN,FBA,SCA,IBCA as well as Memphis in May. So I have gone from cooking one contest my first year to cooking 41 contests in 2021. I also teach and spread bbq love and my knowledge at Recteq Academy. My goal is to help grow the GBC and raise awareness for our chosen charities.


Off the Chain

Chuck and Carrie East

Off the Chain is a husband and wife team. Chuck has always been around BBQ
from cooking a whole hog for friends and family or making stew with his
family. So it made sense while our children were finishing highschool to
start judging BBQ. We eventually went on to become Master judges.
Once our children left the house, we decided to cook in BBQ competitions.
Since we live in Georgia, we mainly cook GBA (Georgia BBQ Association). We
have also cooked in KCBS and FBA.
We started out on the BBQ competition scene back in 2014 and steadily made
our way as the 19th team overall in 2016-2017. We climbed up to 6th
overall in 2017-2018 and became Team of the Year in 2020. Last year, we
bumped down to team number 3, but feel this will be our best year yet! We
have also been top 3 in each of the four categories for four years running.
We are looking forward to kicking off the 2022 year!
Off The Chain Competition BBQ Team

Rescue Smokers

Robby Royal

My team is named the Rescue Smokers because I am a Paramedic (EMS Director) and Firefighter for my home county in Turner County, GA. My team consists of myself, my wife Stephanie, and occasionally a good friend Dannie Morris. I have been cooking competitively since 1997, but as the Rescue Smokers since 2006. I have won 33 Grand Championship and 24 Reserve Grand Championships including the Georgia State Champion in 2019(GBA), 2013(MBN), 2010(GBA), 2008(GBA) as well as being the Georgia BBQ Association Team of the Year in 2010 & 2016. During that time, we have earned 16 “Perfect Scores". Some of my other accolades include the 2014 BBQ Pitmasters Grand Championship on "BBQ Pitmasters" and 2016 SMOKED Champion, both on Destination America, 2013 Big Pig Jig Grand Champion, and a featured team on the show BBQ Pit Wars in 2015.


Smokin' Suwanee Sweetmeats

Trey and Meg Terry

The Smokin' Sweetmeats BBQ Team is made up of Trey and Meg Terry from Monroe, Georgia. Established in 1998 with small family bbq contest fun in mind, we have grown to become a top Georgia state championship team that competes within the KCBS, GBA and GBC competition circuits. The best part of this crazy hobby, is making new friends from many states with the same passion. We hope to see y'all out on the bbq trail!

Smokin' Suwanee Sweetmeats

Yes Dear BBQ

Chad Warner

Yes, Dear BBQ is a competition and catering BBQ team competing in KCBS, FBA, and SCBA contests throughout the southeast.



Triple H BBQ

Bill & Andrea Heyen

Triple H BBQ is a husband and wife team based out of Gillespie, Illinois. Pitmasters Bill and Andrea Heyen formed the team in 2015 out of a shared love of camping and cooking and Bill’s strong competitive nature. After trying their hand at local backyard competitions for a few years, in 2018 they transitioned into competing at a professional level with the St Louis BBQ Society, going on to win the 2020 SLBS Team of the Year. With a desire to compete on a larger stage, the decision was made to move to KCBS with a goal of finishing top 25 overall in 2021. Successful in winning multiple Grand Championships throughout the season, getting drawn for the Jack Daniel’s Invitational, and blessed to hear Triple H BBQ called last and be crowned World Champions at the 2021 American Royal Invitational, they ultimately accomplished their goal. Chances are if you’re at a competition in the eastern half of the country, Triple H will be there with their three boys Billy, Colton, & Cooper in tow. Stop by and say hi, they’d love to talk BBQ with you.

Triple H BBQ



Cajun Blaze

Adam Gatreau

This will be our 12th year competing. We have 42 grand championships in about 180 competitions. Competitions have been disappearing in our area but we are ready to get back at it .

Michigan Team

Shiggin Ain't Easy

Justin Sondergaard

Shiggin Ain’t Easy is a family-run Competition BBQ Team from Westland, Michigan. Buddy and Kristin Hammett, along with Justin Sondergaard and Mark Sondergaard, make up the Shiggin Family.  Shiggin Aint Easy are members of KCBS and GLBBQA. We have competed in 41 contests over our three years, and have been lucky enough to have seen the overall Top Ten 16 of those times.  Of those 16 Top Tens we notched 3-GC’s, 2-700’s, a 180 and multiple category wins so far.   We are a competitive team/family that loves taking the next step from year to year.  We can’t wait to see what 2022 has to offer.


Mississippi Team

Piglitically Incorrect

Wes Garrett

Started competitive cooking in 2016 out of Central MS with the hope of just hearing our names called once at a sanctioned event. Our very first contest we received two calls and a top 10 overall finish. Since that time, P.I.B.has been a team that threatens for the win at every contest and strives to get better every weekend.


 South Carolina

Elite BBQ Smokers

Jason Hardee

The Pit Masters of Elite BBQ Smokers are Jason Hardee & Michelle Hardee, a husband and wife BBQ team that have competed in over 140 Barbeque & Grilling events in the past 10+ years all over the Southeast. The Mission of Elite BBQ Smokers is to Share the passion of Competition quality BBQ with everyone.


The Hog Mafia

Josh Roberts

We are a team of 4, Josh, Mo, Kenny and Alan, based out of the upstate of SC. We compete in KCBS and some SCBA events as well. We each have our own specialties and jobs for each cook. We are always learning and growing as a team and as pittmasters. Nothing gets us more excited than competing! We plan to do about 25-30 events this year!


Tennessee Team


Paul and Lynn Keltner

BBQ team from Tennessee that has been competing for 10 years cooking across 17 states. KCBS world brisket and pork champions with a Top 10 winning percentage of 82% in 2021. We are appreciate of all the experiences BBQ has created for us over the years and look forward to many more.