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.
Carey's Famous Turkey Breast
and Smoked Green Beans
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.
Big Moe's Famous Ribs
and Baked Beans
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.
Smoked Salmon Tacos,
Al Pastor Tacos, Leg of Lamb
and a Special Side
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.
World Champion Whole Hog
and Shed Potato Salad
Garry Roark and Leslie Scott Roark
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.
Smoked then Flame Torched Chicken, Smoked Turkey Tamales
and Bloody Mary Salad
The Salt Lick BBQ
Nobody messes with Texas, especially when it comes to brisket. At The Salt Lick, they run the nation's oldest open pit, which has been smoking since 1965. The secrets to succulent brisket are an age-old family secret that you can experience at the Q.
Texas Style Pit Brisket,
Sausage and Slaw
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.
World Famous Ribs, St. Louis Style Brisket and Pit Beans
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.
Memphis Style Ribs
and Memphis Baked Beans