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Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories

Aug 18, 2017

Arlie Bragg: The Don King of BBQ (@ArlieBragg) of Arlieque Events






Ole Hickory Pits:

Grill Grates:

Weber Grills:

Del Mar BBQ Championship:

Del Mar BBQ Championship Facebook Event:

Upcoming BBQ Events and Competitions:

Arlieque Catering:

BBQ Masters:


It's finally BBQ week!!

Frickin Laser Beams (FLB Laser): |

George Ricoy:

Arlie introduced as self-proclaimed 'Don King of BBQ' (and it's fucking true)

The Del Mar Grillfest 2013 birth of this event

We started this podcast to talk about business and marketing

Arlie became interested in bbq 8-9 years old from grandfather who would bbq in his barn

Arlie remembers bbq-ing hogs for the holidays with the family, his dad never shared his recipes with kids, died with recipes

A few years ago, Arlie found his old property his family used to live on and the bbq pit is still there from the early 60s

Arlie was born in Nashville, Tennessee

Arlie married his wife who worked for Jack Daniels, and they put on an event together (the rest is history)

Arlie learned from Mike Mills and John Willingham - learned how to bbq from spending time with them

Arlie's neighbors bought a (BBQ) pit with him and they started doing some Bluegrass showcases and music events (late 80s)

Downtown Nashville has become commercialized

After Arlie started his catering business, he started to do some bbq cookouts

KCBS events, Arlie-Q:

Chris Lily gave Arlie his 'Don King of BBQ' name

Arlie proudly has 160 BBQ contests under his belt that he has put on

Arlie's first contest was in 1989 at the Nashville Shores

Arlie plans on doing 16 events just this year (2017)

bbq and testicle festival Rim County BBQ Classic in Arizona attending end of this year

KCBS 50 contests in Europe, including Croatia etc. went to Rome Italy cooked brisket in the Alps

Shout out to people all around the world tuning in to this podcast

22,000 members in KCBS $50 a year to join

17,000 certified judges who have taken a class on appearance, taste, and tenderness

California big on tri-tip, cannot find it easily in Tennessee

KCBS strong leadership, high standards for judging process

Arlie on board of directors with 12 other members for 5 years, nominating committee

Arlie met Gene Goycochea 1998

Out of 160 events Arlie only had to send one team home, one team member drinking

KCBS teams spending about $800-$1,000 just on meat not counting food, gas, travel, per weekend

KCBS allows people to give back (Organizations in Training)


Smithfield sponsored many events in Nashville and here (Del Mar)

John Doherty, communicated through social media now giving Smithfield Ribs in Cali Comfort

Tracey Lawrence deep fries 400 turkeys for charity each year in Nashville

US foods, we love appreciate their transparency:

Mighty 1090 Scott and BR:

Everything you do as a bbq team helps to brand and show people who you are and what you represent

It is important to ensure brand consistency, and be transparent through social media

Arlie and Team both agree that PC events are the future of BBQ

Ole Hickory Pits doesn’t dry out meats, Ole Hickory brings consistency:


Dana point cut many events, Arlie maybe will have something next March in Dana Point for catering, bbq cookoff events

Visit to buy tickets for Sunday #BETonBBQ

del mar bbq comp. 12am cooking demos, KCBS, great american BBQ cookout, BBQ education

BBQWarStories Twitter:

Sunday will be Ferns bbq’s first event:

Scott Kaplan will be at Del Mar Vlogging it up

Sam the Cooking Guy doing a demo:

KCBS website:

Dessert vendors: Hammonds Inc. Cheesecake company, SD finest Donuts

Follow @BETonBBQ Instagram:

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