Welcome to Pitmaster, an Old Virginia Smoke Podcast. Each episode, OVS Pitmaster Luke Darnell will deconstruct world-class pitmasters to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use at home in your backyard and in the competition BBQ world. This includes morning routines, habits, tricks, and much more. Find out what’s challenged the world’s best pitmasters, how they handle adversity, and where they turn to for advice and counsel. You won’t want to miss this very entertaining, educational and totally different BBQ podcast.
12/02/22 - The Chicken King - David DIck
David Dick with Ham Squad BBQ is an organizer, a judge, and the current KCBS Backyard Chicken Team of the Year. He’s already had an amazing fall and is looking to do even more in BBQ in 2023.
11/10/22 - Mr. Clutch - Sterling Smith
This man has been on fire this fall at all of the majors. He's also a Veteran, and lives, sleeps and breathes barbecue. Enjoy this fun conversation with Sterling Smith with Loot 'n Booty.
11/03/22 - The Oldest Friend - Jerry Dyer
Jerry Dyer has been cooking competition BBQ since the Reagan administration. HeHe's an east coast legend, and one of my best friends. He recently decided to hang it up for good in competition BBQ, and this is his story.
10/20/22 - 2022 American Royal Invitational & Open Champ - Grant Basiliere
Luke sits down with QUE U's Grant Basiliere after his historic double at the 2022 American Royal. You won't want to miss this conversation.
10/18/22 - 2022 Jack Grannd Champion - Chris Schafer
Recently crowned Jack Grand Champion Chris Schafer of Heavy Smoke checks in with Luke to talk about the momentous win.
09/28/22 - American Royal Week 2022 - Rod Gray
We check in with Rod Gray, the CEO of KCBS, on what the American Royal means to him as a cook, as KCBS, and some great tips for first time attendees.
The Best Competition BBQ Podcast - Bar None
This is by far the best competition bbq podcast. I have binged and re-binged it. I listen to it while driving to work, while cooking…really there’s no bad time to listen. Luke Darnell has the perfect personality for this. His curiosity, self-deprecating humor, and genuine interest in his guests and the topics makes for such an interesting and engaging listen.
Love the podcast!
So it’s great to hear from iconic Pitmasters. I hear comments about judges and scores. Have you considered interviewing experiences judges ?
Easy listening and great content!