Sterling Smith, US Navy Veteran, barbecue teacher, cookbook author, and owner/Pitmaster of Loot N’ Booty BBQ, has been competing on the professional barbeque circuit since 2009.
In that time, Sterling and his family have traveled nationally and internationally to compete in major competitions including the Jack Daniel’s World BBQ Invitational, where they won the title of World Pork Champion, the American Royal World Series of BBQ, where they won Reserve Grand Champion out of more than 500 professional BBQ teams and won the title of Chicken World Champion and The Kingsford Australian World BBQ Invitational where they won the title of Brisket World Champion.
Sterling has won 40 Grand and Reserve Grand Championship Awards, more than 800 top ten awards and is the two-time Australian Invitational Lamb Champion. Loot N’ Booty BBQ is a 4-time Arizona BBQ Team of the Year and was featured on an episode of Destination America Channel’s Smoked, where Sterling and his wife Molly won the title of “Smoked BBQ Boss.” Loot N’ Booty BBQ Rubs and Sauces are sold nationally and internationally at hundreds of retailers world-wide, and Sterling teaches competition and backyard style BBQ classes at locations across the world. For more information visit: www.lootnbootybbq.com
Richard Fergola, Pitmaster, Richards journey into the world of BBQ began in the kitchen learning how to prepare family favorites with his Mom and Grandmother. Today he still carries on the family secrets and has found a way to stay true to his roots. His love of Italian food opened the door and lead him to his current obsession with smoke and fire. Richard’s passion, preparation, organization, determination and planning made him a successful wrestler and coach, and now he applies those same attributes and more into the competition cooking arena. His commitment and desire to be the greatest at everything he does has helped make Fergolicious BBQ what it is today.