Last month, we highlighted the first round of competitors participating in the Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women in Barbeque Series. We’re introducing a few more of the talented female pitmasters competing for $15,000 in diamond prizes and a chance to compete at the World Food Championships in November!
Did you miss last month’s competitor spotlight? Visit Cowboy Charcoal Fire & Ice Women in Barbeque Series: Meet the Competitors
Check back in a few weeks as we spotlight the final round of female pitmasters that are competing in the first annual Fire & Ice series!
Betsy Masters, Squeal of Approval
Kansas City, Missouri
After observing many barbecue competitions, Betsy and her sister thought they’d give competition barbecue a shot and began competing in 2003. Now as the head pitmaster for Squeal of Approval, this all female barbecue team will be entering their 14th season and have a long list of awards to show for it including Grand Champion: All Start BBQ Showdown and Grand Champions: Bellevue, NE and Laurie, MO.
Throughout the years, Betsy has had many mentors who have helped inspire her craft but what she loves most about competition barbecue is the people, and the sport.
Kelli Wilson, Lone Star Lip Smackin BBQ
Inspired by watching and learning from her father, Kelli grew up with a passion for cooking anything and everything. Kelli first joined KCBS in 2014, and has since placed top 10 in every category. In addition to her competitive spirit, Kelli loves the opportunity to learn and improve as a cook from competitive barbecue.
Shannon Turner, Muttley Crew BBQ
Apex, North Carolina
After helping out a friend at a barbecue competition, Shannon and her husband were instantly hooked and decided to form their own team. Only in her third year competing, Shannon and Muttley Crew BBQ have earned multiple top 10 overall calls, including eight top chicken, 12 top rib, nine top pork and 16 top briskets calls.
In addition to the wonderful people they have met, competition barbecue has provided Shannon and her husband a hobby that they both enjoy, enabling them to spend time together. They continue to strive to reach their goal of winning competitions, and love the excitement of hearing their name called.
Kimberly Purdy, Lost Weekend Grill
Following a few classes with Ryan Grob from Backdraft BBQ, and Kevin Feit from Swinestone Cowboys, Kimberly entered the world of competition barbecue in Lamar Colorado in May 2014. After her husband decided he didn’t want to compete anymore, Kimberly decided to take the reins and start her own team as the head pitmaster for Lost Weekend Grill.
This will be Kimberly’s third year competing, and when it comes to competition barbecue she has two rules, “do the best with the situations handed to you and HAVE FUN!” When Kimberly is not competing, you can find her and her husband running D&K Jewelers in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Saffron Hodgson, Bush Kitchen
Originally from Australia, Saffron had never tried American BBQ until visiting the Washington State Fair in 2009. Shortly after, Saffron bought a charcoal grill and was instantly hooked on grilling.
When it comes to competition barbecue, Saffron attends events based on which parts of America she wants to explore next. This will be her sixth season competing, and over the years she has learned from some amazing mentors and teams including Bird Dog BBQ, Ellas’s BBQ and Dances with Smoke. Currently, Saffron is working on a web page that focuses on outdoor cooking techniques, visit www.bushcooking.com to learn more!
Amanda Reed, Coastal Smoke
Wilmington, North Carolina
Inspired by an episode of BBQ Pitmasters and friends, Amanda and her husband decided to buy a Weber Smokey Mountain Grill after finding it on sale. Shortly after, the two began teaching themselves the art of grilling and entered their first KCBS competition in 2014.
Although Amanda says they did “horrible”, her and her husband were motivated to practice and compete. Both naturally competitive, Amanda signed up for a KCBS certified judging course to learn the tricks and the trade of the barbecue world. Since then, competition barbecue has become a passion for both Amanda and her husband, and one day they hope to launch their own barbecue sauces.
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