Monthly Archives / June 2014


BBQ Pit Wars: Kingsford Invitational

BBQ Pit Wars: Kingsford Invitational is airing on Destination America June 21 from 10-11 p.m. ET. The cast and crew will be live tweeting during the broadcast; tweet along with us, using the #BestInBBQ hashtag.

Intrepid We filmed this show back on Veteran’s Day weekend aboard the USS Intrepid, a majestic and patriotic setting. During a break, we watched the USS New York dock; quite an emotional sight.

WinnerPart of the Kingsford festivities included recognition for the Folds of Honor organization. This organization provides scholarships and other types of assistance to families of those killed in action.


IntrepidVisitor Shannon McGovern from Current masterfully organized this event, along with help from the outstanding Current team.


CoolerAndGrill The all-star line-up of barbecue teams were: Cool Smoke, Sweet Swine o’ Mine, Pork and Mindy, Queology, 3Eyz, Pellet EnvyAcross the Track, and Iowa Smokey D’s.

GroupI was honored to be a judge, alongside Brad Orrison, Douglas Rodriguez, Melissa Cookston, and Ed Mitchell …

ChrisLilly … and Chris Lilly masterfully hosted the show.

JudingJudging is serious business, with a $50,000 winner-take-all prize on the line.

GrillsSPOILER ALERT:  Custom star-spangled grills were used for the One-Bite Challenge …

BigCheck… won by Tuffy Stone  with his perfectly seasoned and cooked steak.

OverallsTHE Pitmaster Ed Mitchell showing off his singular style.

BradOrrisonBrad Orrison and his million-dollar smile.

WholeHogSweet Swine O’ Mine’s whole hog smoking away.

CoolSmokeTuffy Stone giving his Jambo a good polish.

PigHeadMark Lambert pulling some cheek meat.

FilmingPork and Mindy working the sound bites.

TurnInIt was a pretty brisk November day, so teams hurriedly turned in their entries so the food would stay as hot as possible.

ListeningForGoodNewsShiggin’. Mark Lambert listens intently as the judges discuss the Sweet Swine O’ Mine entry.

Tune in tonight on Destination America at 10 p.m. ET to see who’s crowned the Grand Champion!

Photos © Virginia Devlin of Current


Happy Father's Day!

Amy Mills and Mike Mills walking to the "rib-bon" cutting ceremony kicking off the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. I’ve been writing about the Mike Mills quips, lessons, and adages as I’ve been working on our new book. Here’s a sneak peek:

“I’m listening more carefully and trying to make sure my own children are absorbing the lessons he taught me: People are people. There’s no one better than you, and you are no better than anyone else. Be careful how you act, someone is always watching. No matter how well you do, you still have to play in the same sandbox with all of the same people. You can’t soar with the eagles if you’re out hootin’ with the owls all night. It’s easier to change the flavor of a hick’ry nut than to change the flavor of bologna. And life is most definitely too short for a half-rack. That, you can interpret any way you want.” 

Happy Father’s Day to all of the incredible men whom I’m blessed to call my friends. Love you, Daddy!

 Photo © Ken Goodman Photography 

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