King of the Smoker

An Elite BBQ Competition That Brings the Best In BBQ Head-to-Head

America's top BBQ Pitmasters have been invited to compete at this unique competition on December 12th, 2015. Teams will be competing for $50,000 and the title of King of the Smoker. The King of the Smoker will be located at the beautiful La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, CA, with mini BBQ classes for the public beginning at 1:30PM. This is a non-profit event - all proceeds are donated to charity!



BBQ Class Schedule

Time Team Name Cook Name Demo Title
1:40 PM Buffalo's BBQ Donny Teel Getting Started & Adapting in Competition BBQ
2:00 PM Simply Marvelous BBQ + Big Poppa Steph Franklin West Coast Offense BBQ Rubs
2:20 PM Big Bob Gibson BBQ Chris Lilly BBQ Q&A with World Champion pitmaster/owner of Big Bob Gibson BBQ - Chris Lilly
2:40 PM 3 Eyz BBQ Dan Hixon Snake River Farms Prime Rib + Steak Cutting Demo
3:00 PM Cool Smoke Tuffy Stone Winning//The Mindset to Win in BBQ
3:20 PM Clark Crew BBQ Travis Clark BBQ Tips with the #1 team in the country
3:40 PM Iowa's Smokey D's Darren Warth Brisket Q&A + Brisket Trimming Demo with the #1 brisket cook in the country
4:00 PM Gettin Basted Brad Leghninger Chicken on a Drum Smoker w/the #1 chicken cook in the country
4:20 PM Shake N Bake Tim Scheer Ribs on a Drum Smoker w/the #1 rib cook in the country
4:40 PM Smokin Triggers Johnny Trigg BBQ Q&A with "The Godfather" of BBQ

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La Quinta Resort & Club

49499 Eisenhower Dr,
La Quita, Ca 92253
(760) 564-4111

Directions from I-10 Freeway

From I-10 East
Take the Washington St exit
Turn right onto Washington St

From I-10 West
Take the Washington St exit
Turn left onto Washington St

Once on Washington St
Turn right onto Eisenhower Dr
Turn right onto Avenida Fernando
La Quinta Resort is on the left


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Looking for tickets?

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Purchase Tickets: Eventbrite


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La Quita Resort & Club
Casey Lee Ball Foundation
Ernie Ball Inc.
Operation BBQ Relief
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