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Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast

Dec 20, 2022

We wrap a bow on Season 4 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast with a bonus edition, featuring Rod Gray, CEO of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Rod is one of the all-time great competition cooks with his Pellet Envy team, winning more than 50 KCBS Grand Championships and he was KCBS Team of the Year in 2009. Rod became known to BBQ enthusiasts worldwide in 2013 when he was crowned Season 4 champion of the groundbreaking television show BBQ Pitmasters.

On Episode 194 of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast, Rod discusses his first four months on the job as CEO of the KCBS, assesses the biggest challenges ahead in 2023 and answers some listener-submitted questions. We also touch on his great cooking career and what he misses - or doesn’t miss - about the competition circuit. A big thanks to Rod for making time to come on the show for an extended conversation.

This wraps up 2022 for the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast. A big thanks to our listeners - and to our great sponsor/marketing partners who made Season 4 possible: Blues Hog BBQ Sauce, Royal Oak Charcoal, The Butcher Shoppe, Iowa BBQ Store, Fergolicious BBQ, Affordable Financial Services, Arkassippi Smoke Live and The Arkassippi Combo, Pro Technology Solutions, Vietti Marketing, In the Garden of Eden and Marty “Sign Man” Prather.

We’ll return Jan. 24 to kick off Season 5 and our eighth season overall of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Show. If you’re interested in joining us as a show sponsor/marketing partner in 2023, shoot me an email at

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Have a great BBQ holiday season and thanks for listening! #SmokeEmIfYouGotEm