Our celebrity Pitmasters so enjoyed their time in Danville last year that they are all coming back and bringing some of the world’s best barbecue to you once again.

Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porkers BBQ Team

Carey Bringle
Peg Leg Porker BBQ Team
Nashville, TN

With deep-seated roots in the West Tennessee BBQ culture, Carey developed an appreciation for BBQ at a young age. Having parents who grew up in Memphis, it was inevitable. To say that his family had a passion for it is an understatement. He always knew he would cook BBQ. In 2008, his Peg Leg Porker Memphis Wet Sauce was named the #2 BBQ sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. Over the past few years, “I have been honored to cook for many special events at the request of my good friends the Lobel family, owners of Lobel’s of New York. These events have included Croton under the Stars, Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best Of’ party and Food & Wine Magazine’s ‘Classic at Aspen’. Most recently, I was a featured Pitmaster at BBQ I.Q., the first ever BBQ event hosted by Blackberry Farm, Travel and Leisure Magazine’s #1 rated resort in North America for 2011.”

Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ Team will cooking at the Kentucky State BBQ Festival

Moe Cason
Ponderosa BBQ Team
Des Moines, IA

Moe was a finalist on Season 2 of BBQ Pitmasters Competition for the $100,000 Grand Prize and the Kingsford Cup trophy. See more info about Moe and a couple of videos on the Moe Cason page at KYBBQFestival.com.


Mike Mills BBQ

Amy and Mike Mills
17th Street Barbecue
Murphysboro, IL.

Mike Mills is known world-wide as “The Legend” – He is a four-time World Champion and three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. He is also the 1992 Grand Champion of the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue Cooking Contest and he won the Jack Daniel’s Sauce Contest that year as well. KYBBQFestival.com.

Shane Draper - Draper's BBQ

Shane Draper
Draper’s BBQ
Cunningham, KY

Shane is the Pitmaster and CEO of Draper’s BBQ. He has created Smokin Sauce, All Purpose Rub and Moo’d Enhancer Beef Rub. Shane has competed at Memphis in May and presented the barbecue demos at the 2012 Kentucky State BBQ Festival. Shane has been a vendor at the Festival for the past two years.

Shelly Hunt of Desperados Barbecue, Angola, NY

Shelly Hunt
Desperados Barbecue
Angola, NY

Award-winning Pitmaster Shelly Hunt of Desperados Barbecue in Angola, NY cooks on a Genuine Friedrich Smokehouse.

Craig Kimmel of Firehouse BBQ, Orlando, FL - BBQ Pitmasters, Food Truck Challenge

Craig Kimmel
Firehouse BBQ
DeLand, FL

Craig has been competing in BBQ contests for 12 years. He has won 12 Grand Championships and over 200 awards for his barbecue. His proudest accomplishments include 3rd place Brisket and 5th in Pork at the 2007 Jack Daniels World Championship and the 2010 TLC BBQ Pitmasters Best Brisket & Seafood. For more info, see the Craig Kimmel page at KYBBQFestival.com

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Brad and Cindy Simmons, Rod Bennett
Lucky Dog BBQ
Danville, KY

Danville’s own Lucky Dog BBQ features Kentucky State BBQ Festival founders Brad and Cindy Simmons and Pitmaster Rod Bennett has been smoking some bad ass barbecue for over 5 years. Best known at the Festival for their “Bronto” Beef Ribs, the Lucky Dog Team has also competed in the Jim Beam BBQ Classic in Springfield, KY.