FACT: There's been an 18% increase in contest participation by members in the past year    
FACT: 64% of KCBS members own three or more grills/smokers    
FACT: 70% of our members grill-out/cook BBQ more than 25 times per year    
FACT: 56% of Americans report having a smartphone, 77% of KCBS members do    
FACT: 70% of KCBS members use Facebook    
FACT: 55% of members choose charcoal when cooking for leisure    
FACT: 23% of KCBS members work in the food service industry as a restauranteur or caterer    
FACT: Learning from friends, family and at competitions is the best way to improve cooking skills    
Joining KCBS has its privileges!
  • The official KCBS monthly newsletter, "The Bullsheet"
  • Save $5 when you buy 3 bags of Adirondack Grilling Pellets
  • Access KCBS Preferred Rates at Choice Hotels
  • 10% off all Creekstone Farms® products
  • 10% off any ICEHOLE Cooler or the option to customize your ICEHOLE Cooler with your team or KCBS logo for $50.00.
  • 15% off your total order from Papa Tony's seasonings and ribs.
  • One-day shopping pass at any Restaurant Depot location when you present your KCBS membership card.
  • 20% off your total order from Sadler's Smokehouse online store.
  • $0.50 off TABASCO Chipotle or any pepper sauce flavor!
Twitter    Facebook
To add or change your team name, please email sphelps@kcbs.us or call the KCBS office at 1-800-963-5227.

Team Name and/or State/Province Abbreviation: MO, TN, etc.


KCBS Team Bios


Year Started: 2008

Team Bio:
Hardway Barbecue is a barbecue catering company and competition cooking team led by me, Grant Miller of Aurora, Missouri. Being born in Memphis, Tennessee I was bred with barbecue in my blood and have always been in search of the perfect 'cue. I decided to go on a quest to learn how to produce my own perfect barbecue about four years ago. In this process I decided to enter a barbecue competition that first year just to see what it was all about and was then fully addicted to barbecue smoke and the competition scene. That first year included one competition; the second year, three competitions; ten in the third year; and twenty-one in the fourth. About 20 competitions are planned for year 5. Awards won include: -1st Place Pork Shoulder - Rock'n Ribs 2008 -417 Magazine 1st Place Pork Champion 2008 -417 Magazine 3rd Place Brisket Champion 2008 -1st Place Beef Brisket - Rock'n Ribs 2009 -417 Magazine 1st Place Brisket Champion 2009 -1st Place Chicken - Oh Mercy BBQ Challenge 2009 -1st Place Pork Ribs - Capital City Cookoff 2010 -1st Place Beef Brisket - Bordertown Bash 2010 -1st Place Pork Ribs - Smoke on the Water/Pine Bluff 2010 -1st Place Chicken - Cookin' on the Creek 2010 -Reserve Grand Champion - Catllemen's Ozark BBQ Challenge 2009 -Reserve Grand Champion - Smoke on the Water/Springdale 2010 -Reserve Grand Champion - Rockin' Blues & BBQ 2010 -Reserve Grand Champion - Cookin' on the Creek 2010 In case you're wondering... I adopted the team name Hardway Barbecue at about 3:00am one cold, snowy night when I was doing a practice cook and caught myself wishing I had one of those set-it-and-forget-it electric or gas cookers so I didn't have to go out in the weather to tend my fire. I then reminded myself that the only way to make true barbecue is to slow-smoke it over a hardwood fire and that I was still young enough to do it the hard way. And so, Hardway Barbecue became my team name right then. You can find me cooking competition barbecue at events throughout the mid-west and mid-south regions 2-3 weekends per month or providing barbecue catering services and meat-by-the pound sales in southwest Missouri on the off weeks. For your catering needs or just a few pounds of championship smoked barbecue for home eating or a small gathering contact me at HardwayBBQ@gmail.com or 417-353-0470.

Hometown: Aurora
State/Province: MO
Country: US

Most wins in a year: 2010 3 Reserve Grand Championships, 4 Category Wins

Biggest Wins:


Website: http://www.hardwaybbq.com


Official Team Bio/Team of Year Disclaimer*

Our Best of the Best 700 180 100+