Legends of the Pit
When we first had the idea for Q in the Lou, we knew if we could get the world’s greatest pitmasters together in one location, then there would be meaty magic a-plenty. So we set out to assemble a team so amazing, so knowledgeable, and so well respected that they would be worthy to be called the Legends of the Pit. These pitmasters are the real deal and they have the world championship trophies to prove it. Sink your teeth into their award-winning BBQ at Pit Row. Your taste buds will be forever grateful that you did.
Peg Leg Porker
For over a quarter century, Carey has competed at Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and he has the talent that brings trophies back home to Nashville, where he serves up his signature BBQ and whiskey.
Marlando "Big Moe" Cason
Des Moines, IA
One of the biggest names and biggest personalities in BBQ brings big flavors to Q in the Lou. Big Moe lives the BBQ life every day and his pit prowess has earned him numerous spots on television, on commercials, and on countless plates of BBQ.
Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald
St. Louis, MO
This power couple has the talent and insight you would expect from two classically trained chefs who saw the light and embraced the unique challenges of achieving smoked excellence. They combine the hallowed traditions of BBQ along with with their one-of-a-kind spin on the craft.
Brad and Brooke Orrison
The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint
Ocean Springs, MS
This dynamic duo hasn’t met a meat that they couldn’t smoke to perfection. They do everything with a unique flair that reflects their enigmatic and magnetic personnas. They invite you to come get fed at The Shed this year at Q in the Lou.
Leslie Roark Scott & Craig Verhage
Yazoo City, MS
These multi-generational BBQ legends have forgotten more about BBQ than most of us know. It’s all about southern hospitality, and a visit with the Ubon’s crew at Q in the Lou will include a healthy dose of brilliant BBQ, killer bloody marys and stupid good fried chicken.
The Salt Lick BBQ
Raised in North Carolina (aka Pork Central) and a protégée of Legend of the Pit Scott Roberts, Miriam has mastered a variety of styles and techniques, but her specialty is the open pit brisket brilliance that made Salt Lick famous.
St. Louis, MO
With the wild success of Pappy’s Smokehouse, Mike is the unofficial face of the BBQ renaissance in St. Louis. He is well-known by BBQ lovers for his two most iconic creations: his glazed, Memphis-inspired ribs and his beard.
John David Wheeler
Memphis Barbecue Company
Horn Lake, MS
The head pitmaster for the much-decorated and widely respected Natural Born Grillers competition team, John is one of the most awarded pitmasters in the world. He makes one righteous rack of ribs, and he has the trophies to prove it.