Melissa Cookston, Nesbit, MS at KY State BBQ Festival

Melissa Cookston is one of the Country’s preeminent Pitmasters, and is the most successful female competitive Pitmaster in BBQ history. In addition to many trophies and championships over her 14 year competitive cooking career, in 2010 and 2011 her team, Yazoo’s Delta Q, won the Memphis in May World BBQ Championship, making her the only female World Champion.

Melissa Cookston as a finalist at TLC's BBQ Pitmasters

To complete one of the most successful years of any team in professional BBQ, she also won the National Pork Championship, nine other Grand Championships and her second Memphis BBQ Network Team of the Year award. She has been featured on several TV shows, including TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters and Food Network’s Chopped.

In addition to her competitive BBQ schedule, Melissa also teaches BBQ classes, caters both locally and nationally, and writes a blog –

Find out more information on her, her schedule and some award winning recipes at

Melissa Cookston
Yazoo’s Delta Q
Nesbit, MS

Melissa Cookston, Nesbit, MS at KY State BBQ Festival


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