Tuffy Stone

Photo by Robert J. Lerma from Tuffy Stone's Facebook page

Memphis Dismay

“It needs more dust,” I said. Tuffy Stone, whose Cool Smoke barbecue team is one of most prolific in the country, was about to close a styrofoam box full of pork shoulder that was bound for the judge’s table. Our team, most of which I’d first met the day prior, surrounded the table preparing the pork “blind box,” and Stone handed me a piece to try. I offered my critique, and Stone obliged. My advice might have sunk…

Tuffy Stone and his Cool Smoke pit

Head-to-Head Competition Tasting

There’s plenty of skill that goes into preparing competition-style barbecue, but most contestants will tell you that it’s really one thing that separates first place from tenth: luck. Luck that conditions are favorable during their cook; luck that every entry gets into its respective entry box flawlessly; and luck that the box finds its way onto the right table of judges. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll remember that I’ve said that competition-style barbecue is in a class…

World’s Championship Bar-B-Que 2015

The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que was held at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo this past Saturday, and a new world champion was crowned. Last week, I wrote about those competitors in the Champion’s Circle, but none of them took home the top prize. It was Kerry Fellows’s Across the Track team who left as the grand champion. Grand Champion Overall #WCBBQC Team Across The Track Cookoff Team pic.twitter.com/oCEk7PN6tN — RODEOHOUSTON (@RODEOHOUSTON) March 1, 2015  …

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Kings of Competition BBQ

With all the contests and various sanctioning bodies, competition barbecue can get confusing, but one thing is clear. Getting into the Champions Corner at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que is a big honor. It is bestowed upon the winners of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off, the American Royal, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, also known as The Jack. That means Royal winner Tuffy Stone and the…

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World’s Championship Bar-B-Que

For what is called the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que cook off, the event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HSLR) is more spectacle than barbecue holy grail. Most of the quarter million visitors look longingly into private parties from the wrong side of the ropes. There’s a public food tent called the Chuck Wagon where visitors can get a complimentary chopped brisket sandwich, and a few vendors are set up around the park, but these…