Tailgate Guys BBQ Show, Episode 83: Happy Grillmore, Richard Fergola

Joe Hewer (left) of Happy Grillmore and Richard Fergola of Fergolicious BBQ and the KC Grilling Company.

We bring you the best/most-heartbreaking story of the competition BBQ Weekend – maybe the BBQ Year – on Episode 83 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast.

Joe Hewer of Happy Grillmore BBQ team captured first place in Ribs, Pork and Brisket at the Smoke on the Trails in Gardner, Kansas. But a 28th-place finish among 48 teams in Chicken left Happy Grillmore in a tie for the Grand Championship with Joe Pearce of Slaps BBQ as both wound up with a score of 704.5372. Joe Pearce won the tie-breaker, denying Joe Hewer a first GC. We visit with Hewer about the mixed emotions and the history of the Happy Grillmore team.

We also catch up with Richard Fergola, GM at the KC Grilling Company in Olathe, Kansas. As Fergolicious BBQ, he’s been on television’s BBQ Pitmasters and Food Network’s Chopped Grillmasters and also is a member of the KCBS Board of Directors. A man of many hats, Richard gives us a wide-ranging conversation kicking off with what it’s like in Kansas City this week on what was supposed to be American Royal World Series of BBQ time.

Thanks to our sponsors/marketing partners who make the fun possible: Blues Hog, The Butcher Shoppe, Royal Oak Charcoal, The BBQ Central Show, Affordable Income Tax & Payroll, DDR Fabrication, Colaw RV and The BBQ League. Special thanks to Vietti Marketing Group and In the Garden of Eden for supporting our competition efforts.

Have a great BBQ Week! #SmokeEmIfYouGotEm

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