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KCBS Team Bios
THE SMOKE HUNTERSYear Started: 2006
Shawn and Rick Soliman cooked their first KCBS in Bloomington, IL where they finished 5th overall and were hooked for life. The origin of the team name comes from the fact that Shawn and Rick are both avid waterfowl hunters and love to smoke wild game. Jim Rohr is Rick's father-in-law and joined the team in 2008 when Shawn became the father of twins and time became a premium for him.
Hometown: Minooka, Plainfield
Most wins in a year: 3
Biggest Wins: 2014 First place Pork, First Place Brisket, Grand Champion - Windy City BBQ Classic - Chicago, Il. 2014 American Royal - 67th Overall 2014 First place Pork, First place Brisket, Grand Champion - Heart of Illinois BBQ - Peoria, Il. 2014 First place Chicken - Morton BBQ Throw Down - Morton, Il. 2014 First place Pork - Red, White & BBQ - Westmont, Il. 2013 Grand Champion - Barn Burner BBQ - Libertyville, Il. 2013 Reserve Grand Champion - Central Illinois Bragging Rights - Arthur, Il. 2013 8th place Ribs - American Royal Invitational - Kansas City, Mo. 2013 First place Brisket, Grand Champion - Grill Games - Kenosha, Wi. 2013 First place Pork - Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - Rockford, Il. 2013 Grand Champion - Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - Madison, Wi. 2012 Second place Wings - Tyson's Best Wings on the Planet - National Finals - Bentonville, Ar. 2012 Third place Ribs, 10th place Overall - Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - Bentonville, Ar. 2012 Reserve Grand Champion - Grill Games - Kenosha, Wi. 2012 First place Brisket - Reserve Grand Champion - Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - Southgate, Mi. 2012 First place Ribs - Reserve Grand Champion - Milk Cow Festival - Fair Oaks, In. 2012 First place Sausage - Winter Burn-Off - Des Plaines, Il. 2011 First place Pork - Barn Burner BBQ - Libertyville, Il. 2010 American Royal - 125th Overall 2009 Reserve Grand Champion - North Star Blues and BBQ - Deforest, Wi. 2009 First place Chicken - Red, White and BBQ - Westmont, Il. 2008 First place Brisket - Winter Burn Off - Des Plaines, Il. 2007 Grand Champion - Last Fling - Naperville, Il.