97 episodes

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.

Pitmaster, an Old Virginia Smoke Podcast Chris Sedenka

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

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

    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.

    • 28 min
    11/10/22 - Mr. Clutch - Sterling Smith

    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.

    • 59 min
    11/03/22 - The Oldest Friend - Jerry Dyer

    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.

    • 51 min
    10/20/22 - 2022 American Royal Invitational & Open Champ - Grant Basiliere

    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. 

    • 48 min
    10/18/22 - 2022 Jack Grannd Champion - Chris Schafer

    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. 

    • 25 min
    09/28/22 - American Royal Week 2022 - Rod Gray

    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.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

DanDierdorf ,

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.

Donr6718 ,

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 ?

Crazy Luke Graham ,

Good Show

Easy listening and great content!

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