When Thomas Gearhart of California’s Mudville BBQ won the 2019 American Royal Invitational Grand Championship, he figured to ride that momentum into the new season. Instead, the pandemic wiped out almost all competition BBQ on the West Coast in 2020. We catch up with Thomas on Episode 109 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show Podcast, just before he swings back into competition this weekend after the lengthy break.
On our “Under the Radar” segment, we take a trip to Iowa to visit with Trent Vanderheiden to learn the story of Bohica BBQ. Trent has been competing since 2015 and he discusses the appeal and challenges that competition cooking presents. Want to nominate yourself – or someone else – for “Under the Radar?” We’re looking for teams just getting started or who have yet to win a Grand Championship. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyndal and Steve also review the busy week in the KCBS world and discuss their cooking weeks while looking ahead to the KCBS portion of Ozarks BBQ Fest, coming up in Springfield, April 23-24.
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Have a great BBQ Week!