Celebrity Judging Panel

In addition to the Kansas City BBQ Society double blind judging process we are adding a panel of judges made up of chefs and critics who will be publicly judging team entries of chicken, turkey, beef back-ribs and brisket.


Host / Moderator: 

Chef Celina Tio –  Chef/Owner of the critically acclaimed Julian and The Belfry, James Beard Award Winner,  incredibly talented and passionate Celina has made strong TV appearances on The Next Iron Chef & Top Chef Masters.

Rod Gray – Pitmaster of Pellet Envy Competition BBQ & creator of EAT BBQ products, Rod is one of the most accomplished pitmasters in the barbecue circuit, his many accomplishments include Grand Champion of  Destination America’s Kingsford BBQ-Pitmasters.

Ardie Davis aka Remus Powers Ph.B –  Freelance writer and award-winning barbecue expert. Davis is also the founder of the American Royal International Barbecue Sauce, Rub & Baste Contest. The original Diddy-Wa-Diddy National Barbecue Sauce Contest was held on Davis’s backyard patio on October 13, 1984.

Andy Groneman – Teacher & Award Winning Pitmaster of Smoke On Wheels competition BBQ, while his excellent marinades aren’t kosher yet… Andy was instrumental in the creation of KC Kosher BBQ since day one!

Joe Pierce – Pitmaster of Squeal Like a Pig aka SLAP’s BBQ Team & Restaurant. You may also recognize Joe and his team from BBQ Pitmasters.

Paul Kirk – The Baron of BBQ, Award Winning BBQ Pitmaster, Author of numerous BBQ cookbooks.

Bill Maas – A former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle and BBQ enthusiast. Maas was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987. In 1984 Maas was named The NFL Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press.

Steven Weinberger aka “Fleish Gorden” – Steven has both competed and judged at kosher BBQ contests since 2007. In character as “Fleish Gordon” his bright  yellow tights and flowing cape are hard to miss. He often writes for Joy of Kosher Magazine and is a talented home chef.