It's been a scorching summer for Kansas City barbecue.
Last month, USA Todaycrowned 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
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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.
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 thefull interview here.
Want to meet the Grand Champion? Gray will be atThe Kansas City BBQ Store
, 11922 S. Strang Line Rd. in Olathe, from 1-5 p.m. Friday to promoteEAT Barbecue
, his line of sauces and rubs.