Barbecue Teams Competing on Pellet Smokers Dominate Pig'n in the Grove

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Teams cooking on Fast Eddy's by Cookshack smokers swept the KCBS-sanctioned Pig'n in the Grove contest with 8 of the top 12 places, including the top four rankings.

Teams using wood pellet-fired smokers are developing a high profile on the barbecue competition circuit. Competitors cooking on Fast Eddy's by Cookshack (FEC) smokers swept away the top four awards at KCBS-sanctioned Pig'n in the Grove barbecue contest, College Grove, TN, on September 5, 2009. In all, eight teams using FECs placed in the top 12.

Barbecue competition teams take their smoking equipment seriously. The cook-off circuit has seen a significant rise in the use of pellet-fired smokers in the past 5 years, according to Stuart Powell, CEO, Cookshack, Inc., a leader in pellet cooking technology.

While most teams compete simply because they love doing it, the cash awards help pay the bills. Carolyn Wells, Executive Director of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, major contest sanctioning organization, estimates that cash prizes will total about $2.2 million in 2009.

Winning teams at Pig'n in the Grove were Grand Champion, Smoky Mountain Smokers; Reserve Grand Champ Allgood BBQ Pit Crew, number three slot High on the Hawg, and number four Long Dawgs/Harvest Moon. Coming in at 8th place was Que We Do, followed by Big River in 10th place. Delta Smoke and Pit Crew came in 11th and 12th.

All eight teams prepared their winning 'que on Fast Eddy's by Cookshack FEC100 smokers, called simply FEC's by their loyal users. The 100% wood pellet-fired smokers were developed by barbecue champion Ed "Fast Eddy" Maurin who has cooked professionally for over 20 years. Teams cooking on FEC smokers are routinely found claiming top trophies and prize money on the barbecue competition circuit.

Cookshack Barbecue Equipment

Cookshack manufactures smoker ovens for commercial, home, and competition use under the brand names of Cookshack and Fast Eddy's by Cookshack. Cookshack has an industry-wide reputation for its high quality products and exceptional customer service. The company has been in business for over 40 years and ships its products worldwide. Cookshack is privately held and is located in Oklahoma. Commercial equipment is NSF approved and UL listed; most stainless steel models are USDA approved. Residential equipment is UL listed. Made in the USA.

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