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Local barbecue pro wins $50,000 on the season finale of ‘BBQ Pitmasters’

08/26/2013 8:28 AM

08/26/2013 12:28 PM

It's been a scorching summer for Kansas City barbecue.

Last month, USA Today

crowned our pork ribs America’s tastiest. And last night, a local barbecue pro won $50,000 and the Grand Champion title on the Destination America show "BBQ Pitmasters."

Rod Gray is from Leawood, but he represented Kansas City on Season 4 of the show. In the two-hour finale, Gray and his wife Sheri beat barbecue teams from Oklahoma and Oregon in a contest that required cooking a 135-pound pig on two pits.


an interview last week, Rod Gray said competing on “BBQ Pitmasters” was his way of showing his friends that he was still competitive after a tough year. He also said brisket and pork were his specialties — so it comes as no surprise that he performed well in the whole-hog finale. Read the full interview here.

Want to meet the Grand Champion? Gray will be at

The Kansas City BBQ Store, 11922 S. Strang Line Rd. in Olathe, from 1-5 p.m. Friday to promote EAT Barbecue

, his line of sauces and rubs.

Rod Gray has won multiple national awards for his brisket. Which local restaurant do you think makes the best brisket? Vote in our poll, comment here or tweet us @chowtownkc.

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