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Ft. Collins, CO
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Competition Barbeque Team...


As a competition cook for 15 years I feel quite privileged to have been able to see this great country, make BBQ friends and pour my heart into something as wonderful as competition BBQ. There were great moments I will never forget The collective experiences will always be a treasure to me and I wouldn't trade the time for anything!

The competition effort and success has really helped our company get off the ground and I am so grateful to all of our customers and stores we gained through the effort.

Byron Chism


Competition Highlights

  • Competed in over 200 events in 21 states, 7 countries (US, Switzerland, England, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium)
  • Featured on The Food Network (The Circuit ;2003, Bama-Que; 2006) Original featured BBQ Chef for BBQ AllStars (OLN Network 2005) Original featured Champion on Barbeque Championship Series (VS Network 2006)
  • Winner of 36 Grand Championships, 24 Reserve Championships
  • 7 time Top 10 overall KCBS Champion (2001 - 2007)
  • 2001 American Royal Invitational Grand Champion Award featured on Al Rokers BBQ Special, Food Network
  • 4 time National Category KCBS Champion (Pork 2002, 2007/ Brisket 2003, 2007)
  • 2002 NBBQ News Cook of the Year
  • 2006 World Brisket Champion
  • (81) 1st place category finishes (10 Chicken, 21 Ribs, 24 Pork, 26 Brisket)

  • • Competition Awards • Circuit Pics
    Grand Champion
      September 2015
    Bohemian Bluegrass & BBQ
    Prague, Czech Republic
      April 2012
    Tony Stone Low & Slow BBQ Competition
    Zaandam, Netherlands
      October 2011 Lyons Barbecue and Music Festival
    Lyons, Georgia
      October 2011
    Jim Beam Barbeque Classic
    Springfield, Kentucky
      August 2011
    Madison Ribberfest
    Madison, Indiana
      August 2011 Georgia State Championship, Dillard Bluegrass & Barbeque
    Dillard, Georgia
    July 2011
    Grillstock BBQ and Music Festival
    "King of the Grill" Award
    Bristol, England
      May 2010 Brushy Creek BBQ Championship
    Round Rock, Texas
      June 2008 Kiwanis Club Tennessee State BBQ Championship
    Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
      May 2008
    Lakeside Showdown Bar-B-Que Cook-off
    Lake Bryan, Texas
      April 2008 Grilling on the River
    Columbus, Mississippi
      July 2007 Up in Smoke BBQ Bash
    Mason City, Iowa
      June 2007
    Blue Rdge BBQ Festval
    Tryon, North Carolina
      March 2007 Hammond Smokin' Blues & BBQ Challenge
    Hammond, Louisiana
      Jan 2007 Gator Hammock 7th Annual Wild Pig & Pepper Jam
    Felda, Florida
      May 2006 Oklahoma Joe's World Brisket Championship
    Kansas City, Kansas
      May 2006 Sun Drop Country BBQ Cookoff
    Pulaski, Tennessee
      April 2006 High on the Hog
    Winchester, Tennessee
      March 2006 Smoke at the Rock
    Rockingham, North Carolina
      March 2006 Mitchell Company BBQ Championship & Hog Wild Festival
    Mobile, Alabama
      Sept 2005 11th Annual Riverfest/Alabama State Championship
    Decatur, Alabama
      August 2005 Georgia State Championship, Dillard Bluegrass & Barbeque
    Dillard, Georgia
      July 2005 South Carolina State Championship Festival of Discovery
    Greenwood, South Carolina
      April 2005 High on the Hog
    Winchester, Tennessee
      December 2004 Christmas on the River
    Demopolis, Alabama
      August 2004 Kentucky State Championship
    Crestwood, Kentucky
      July 2003 Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival
    Charleston, South Carolina
      January 2003 Florida State Championship
    Lakeland, Florida
      November 2002 Lions Gulf Coast BBQ
    Slidell, Louisiana
      March 2002 Greater Gulf States BBQ Championship
    Mobile, Alabama
      October 2001 American Royal/KC Masterpiece International Invitational
    Kansas City, Missouri
      August 2001 Amazin' Blazin' Tennessee State Championship
    Lebanon, Tennessee
      July 2001 Illinois State Championship
    Shannon, Illinois
      March 2001 Beach, Blues, & Barbeque
    Flagler Beach, Florida
      July 2000 Illinois State Championship
    Shannon, Illinois
      April 2000 Baker/Charlton Pig Out
    St. George, Florida
      July 1998 Red White & Que
    Greenville, South Carolina
    Reserve Grand Champion
      December 2014
    Christmas on the River
    Demopolis, AL
      September 2014
    Tennessee State Cookville Cookoff
    Cookville, TN
      July 2012
    Grillstock BBQ & Music Festival
    Bristol, England
      August 2011
    Pigs & Peaches BBQ festival
    Kennesaw, Georgia
      Nov 2007 Hog Hapnin'
    Shelby, North Carolina
      Nov 2007 Carolina Smokin' Fall Fling
    Lumberton, North Carolina
      Dec 2006 Christmas on the River
    Demopolis, Alabama
      April 2006 Pigs in the Garden
    Charleston, Missouri
      Dec 2005 Christmas on the River
    Demopolis, Alabama
      Oct 2005 Leadership Clarksville BBQ
    Clarksville, Tennessee
      Jan 2005 Gator Hammock 5th Annual Pig & Pepper Jam
    Felda, Florida
      June 2004 Blue Ridge BBQ Festival
    Tryon, North Carolina
      Nov 2003 Plant City Pig Jam
    Plant City, Florida
      Nov 2003 Gulf Coast Lions BBQ Festival
    Slidell, Louisiana
      Oct 2003 Florida State Championship
    Brooksville, Florida
      Aug 2003 Kentucky State Championship
    Crestwood, Kentucky
      June 2003 Wild Turkey's 2nd Annual Tennessee State
    Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
      June 2003 10th Annual Blue Ridge BBQ Festival
    Tryon, North Carolina
      April 2003 1st Annual River & Spires Barbeque
    Clarksville, Tennessee
      Sept 2002 Riverfest & Alabama State Championship
    Decatur, Alabama
      April 2002 High on the Hog BBQ Competition
    Winchester, Tennessee
      June 2000 Barbeqlossal World Pork Expo
    Indianapolis, Indiana
      May 2000 Mississippi State Championship
      Sept 1998 Kentucky State Championship
    Louisville, Kentucky

    KCBS National Awards


    10th chicken
    6th ribs
    1st pork
    1st brisket
    2nd Runner Up - Team of Year


    #5 Team on Chicken
    #5 Team on Pork
    #8 Team on Brisket
    2nd Runner Up - Team of Year
    2005 #3 Team on Chicken
    #10 Team on Brisket
    #13 Team on Pork
    3rd Runner Up -Team of the Year
    2004 #6 Team on Brisket
    #13 Team on Ribs
    #13 Team on Chicken
    7th Runner Up -Team of the Year
    2003 # 1 Team on Brisket
    # 4 Team on Ribs
    # 8 Team on Chicken
    5th Runner Up -Team of the Year
    #1 pork
    #2 brisket
    # 1st Runner Up -  Team of the Year
    National BBQ News Cook of the Year
    #4 chicken
    #2 pork
    6th Runner Up - Team of the Year

    Circuit Pics


    Bad Byron competing on Barbeque Championship Series which aired on Verses network in 2006.

    Reno, Nevada

    Award recipient at the 20th annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue, 2008

    Franko Bobo - former Jack Daniel's master distiller, Byron Chism, Jeff Arnett - current Jack Daniel's master distiller (pictured left to right)

    Grand Championship 2006, Kansas City

    Grand Championship 2006 Oklahoma Joes World Brisket Open, Kansas City, Kansas

    Oklahoma Joe Davidson, Byron Chism, Jeff Stehney, Joy Stehney (pictured left to right)

    Grand Champion, Demopolis AL, 2004

    Grand Champion, Demopolis Alabama, 2004

    Grand Championship - KC Masterpiece International
    ButtRub.com Grand Champions
    American Royal/KC Masterpiece International Invitational, Kansas City, Missouri
    67 teams competed

    Stephen Smith, Byron Chism (Buttrub.com) and Ora Yoder of Kingfisher Kountry Kookers (pictured left to right)

    Visit Stephen's website: www.nocents.us

    Fred & Linda Gould Awarding Byron and Robert in Winchester TN, April 2002 Fred & Linda Gould Awarding Byron and Robert

    Winchester, Tennessee, April 2002

    A Big Win:  Shannon IL, Summer of 2000, Robert, Byron, Theresa & Mike Lake A Big Win

    Shannon Illinois, Summer of 2000, Robert, Byron, Theresa & Mike Lake

    Butt Rub Barbeque Team 2000-2001 Buttrub.com Grand Champions - 2 Years in a Row

    Illinois State Championship 2000 - Shannon, Illinois
    Illinois State Championship 2001 - Shannon, Illinois
    Byron Chism and Robert Worsley


    Byron and Robert get down to business Serious about competing in BBQ

    Robert & Byron, 2000

    More on BBQ at Robert's website:

    The Butt Rub Bistro - 2000 World BBQ Championship Bruce Palidini, Byron Chism, John Jacob & Robert Worsley

    2000 World BBQ Championship, Lebanon Tennessee

    John Jacob is Executive Chef at Vin'tij:  www.vintij.com

    "While the Worlds of a Culinary Institute of America trained Chef and a BBQ Champion are really quite different, the very best of both Worlds clearly seem to share a common characteristic.  Both have that personal involvement in a labor of love that makes their end result so superior."
    Brian Heinecke, National Barbecue News, 1998
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