Sterling Smith, 2022 World Barbecue Champion, 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 in 2014 and 2022 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 44 Grand and Reserve Grand Championship Awards, more than 850 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:

Richard Fergola, otherwise known as “Fergie” hailing from Gardner, KS a suburb of Kansas City, has been in the BBQ game since 2012 when he started his brand Fergolicious BBQ. 11 years later, his brand is known world-wide, with 6 of his own seasonings sold around the world, 35 Grand & Reserve Grand Championships including a World Championship in 2021, Fergolicious has become a house-hold name. You can see Fergie on Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, Food Network’s Chopped and BBQ USA, Barbecue Country on The Country Network as well as many other TV shows. As a high school teacher and college wrestling coach for 21 years, Richard teaches many levels of BBQ classes world-wide.

Since 2012

  • Competed in 175+ BBQ Contests
  • 20 Grand Championships
  • 15 Reserve Grand Championships
  • 48 First place category wins
  • 110 Overall Top ten finishes
  • 88 Top Ten finishes in ribs
  • 106 Top Ten Finishes in brisket
  • 79 Top Ten finishes in pork
  • 69 Top ten finishes in Chicken
  • 24 Perfect 180 scores
  • 13 700+ overall scores
  • 2017 #9 Team in the World Overall
  • 2017 #15 Team in the World in Chicken
  • 2017 #18 Team in the World in Ribs
  • 2017 #8 Team in the World in Pork
  • 2017 #23 Team in the World in Brisket
  • 2019 #3 Team in the World in Brisket
  • 2019 #20 Team in the World Overall
  • 2022 #10 Team in the World Overall
  • 2022 #17 Team in the World in Rib
  • 2022 #5 Team in the World in Brisket
  • 2019 Blues, Brews & BBQ National BBQ League Grand Champion (against 9 of the best teams in the world)
  • 2021 KCBS World Champion
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