The Ultimate BBQ Showdown

May 27, 2011

Memorial Day weekend is going to get a whole lot hotter as CBS unveils The Ultimate BBQ Showdown.  Airing at 2pm ET on Saturday, May 28th, this one hour special pits four seasoned outdoor cooks against one another in a live competition barbecue setting.

Joining the battle for bragging rights, the Kingsford Cup and a whole lot of cash are the “winning-est man in BBQ,” Myron Mixon; the professor himself, Tuffy Stone; Neil “My friends call me Bigmista” Strawder; and the guy who put Bubba in Bub-Ba-Q, Bubba Latimer.  Who’ll rise above the smoke and flames?  You’ll have to tune in to see!  In the meantime, check out some greate grilling tips from the competitors by clicking here.


Tuffy  Stone with Cool Smoke grill

Tuffy  Stone, Cool Smoke

Sometimes referred to as “The Professor”, Former Marine Tuffy Stone obsesses over the physics and science of wood, smoke, spices, molecular composition of meat…to the point he creates barbeque perfection. Tuffy follows charts and timetables as he creates his unbelievable barbeque.  A classically trained French chef, Tuffy mostly cooks with his father George, sometimes with his wife Leslie as well as some of his staff.  In October of 1993, Tuffy and Leslie opened A Sharper Palate Catering Company, the caterer of choice for Richmond’s most discerning palate.

In 2004, Tuffy began researching slow cooking methods involving a wood burning fire.  With the help of friends and family, the Cool Smoke Team was born.  In his very first competition, the team was awarded 2nd in the Pork category, 7th in the brisket category, and has been winning the big prizes ever since. Cool Smoke has won 22 Grand Championships, garnering over 100 awards including dozens of state championships, and was awarded the 2007 Team of the Year by KCBS.  Cool Smoke’s most recent accomplishment was taking 1st place in pork shoulder in the 2010 Memphis in May World Championship besting Myron Mixon & Chris Lilly. His custom Jambo pit has been started with Kingsford charcoal since the first time he fired it up!

Tuffy also operates the renowned Q Barbeque restaurants in Richmond and Hampton Virginia. Be sure to stop in while in the area. Be sure to be hungry too. Also visit and to keep up with Tuffy.

Bubba Latimer and wife Shannon

Bubba Latimer, Bub-Ba-Q

As far as Bubba’s life goes BBQ pretty much consumes all of it. Bubba and his wife Shannon own two BBQ restaurants in GA, Woodstock and the original in Jasper.  He truly loves what he does and something that started as a hobby has turned into a great business. He is not a chef nor does he pretend to be one…he’s just a back yard cook. “We cook as if you are coming over to my house for some good food and drinks”. While we do traditional southern BBQ at our restaurants, we also try to think outside the box. Food is all about experimenting, you never know what we may be cooking up or playing with in our kitchens.

Bubba competed in his first contest in May 2006, which he won. Since then he has done over 130 contests winning 24 Grand Champions, 20 Reserve Grand Champions and won over 400 awards in the 4 different meat categories (chicken, ribs, pork, brisket). They finished the last 2 years ranked the #1 team in the country on the National BBQ Rankings. His proudest win to date would be The Top Of  The Lake BBQ Affair in January 2010 at Okeechobee Fl where they won all 4 meat categories against over 50 other teams making it a clean sweep resulting in a Grand Champion.  In 2010 he was team of the year for brisket, won the Georgia BBQ Championship series and was Reserve Champion for the Alabama BBQ Trail.  Kingsford is his choice brand for starting and cooking on his variety of pits that he uses. “I prefer to use Kingsford charcoal due to the ease of lighting and consistency of the product it produces.”

As far as his cook team goes, Bubba cooks with his wife Shannon. Shannon knows BBQ and isn’t afraid to call out her own husbands mistakes as well as the other teams!

Bubba & Shannon invite you to come out and visit them and have the best BBQ east of the Mississippi. You can also visit them online or shop the store for their championship BBQ rubs and sauces at

Neil “Big Mista” Strawder eating

Neil “Big Mista” Strawder

His birth name might be Neil Strawder but that’s “Bigmista” to you!  Raised in Galveston, TX, Neil says he’s been cooking “ever since he was able to see the top of the stove.” Currently a resident of Long Beach, CA, Neil sells out his BBQ at farmers markets all over Southern CA and was voted the Best BBQ in Los Angeles two years in a row.

Bigmista is your fan favorite backyard griller with six People’s Choice Awards.  He wins the taste buds of the everyday BBQ fan at competitions nationwide.  Neil is a charcoal junky if you’ve ever met one!  Kingsford is his brand of choice and uses it in both of his pits…his larger competition pit as well as his trusty Weber Kettle that accompanies him to every competition, which will come into play when he learns he’s cooking chicken.  Bigmista’s is putting California on the map for BBQ.  He’s “that guy” you drive by and can smell his BBQ a mile before and after you reach him forcing you to pull over and indulge in the great American pastime.

Neil has no doubt that he will knock Myron off of his perch and sell the judges on his authentic signature backyard BBQ!  For more on Big Mista, check out

Myron Mixon of Jack's Old South

Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South

Myron is a BBQ legend and considered “the winning-est man in BBQ”. He serves as chief cook of Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team, which he started in 1996.  His legendary status has led him to write, Smoking with Myron Mixon: The Winningest Man in BBQ!

His team has won more than 180 grand championships resulting in over 1700 total trophies, 30 state championships, Team of the Year 8 times, and 11 national championships. They have also taken three first place whole hogs at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbeque Competition. Additionally, they have been the Grand Champion at the World Championship in Memphis three times. They have also taken first place in the Whole Hog category at the World Championship in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007.

Mastering the art of Bar-B-Que’ing has lead to the development of his own line of Jack’s Old South Grills and Smokers, as well as being the instructor for the Bar-B-Que Cooking School where he proudly displays the students who have gone on to win championships after plunking down $750 a head to be taught by him.  A bag of Kingsford charcoal and Kingsford lighter fluid is what starts his pits every single time!

- Clint Cantwell, Guest Editor

Related Topics: Bbq Special | Bubba Latimer | Cbs | Kingsford Cup | Myron Mixon | Neil Strawder | Tuffy Stone | Ultimate Bbq Showdown

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