We sent Chad Griffin – the winner of our Meet the Master competition – off to Richmond, Virginia, to spend time with his hero Tuffy Stone, and a host of other BBQ legends.
We’ve cherry-picked some choice words of inspirational wisdom about the serious business of BBQ, straight out the mouths of those featured in our Meet the Master episodes.
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Tuffy ‘The Professor’ Stone
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Five-time Jack Daniels Invitational World Champion. Classically-trained chef, television personality and accomplished pitmaster. One of the kings of the American BBQ scene. Chad Griffin’s hero.
“Your time is more valuable than anything, so you don’t want to waste your time.”
“Have a business plan. It’s too much time and too much money for you to go into it without having a true idea of what you want to do. What I realised going into this? Your time is more valuable than anything. So with that being said, you don’t want to waste your time. So, have a business plan.”
Poetical pitmaster. Former horse racing journalist. Son of the founder of Ronnie’s BBQ in Henrico, Virginia. A man who’ll serve you lunch then sit down for a chat.
“It’s pretty tough trying to juggle the business, and the kids, and family, and work and the other challenges that arise in life. But if we want to get to where we want to be, we just need to make the time – and that’s that.”
BBQ diehard and Meet The Master inaugural winner.
“I would love a legacy to leave, so this has really kicked me in the butt and made me go ‘You can get excited for something, Bec. Something good can come from this.’”
Chad’s wife, business partner and ‘rock’. Mother to two young children. Takes care of the quotes, emails and admin. On site every time Chad cooks. Sous chef who makes the sides.
“I wish I’d known the amount of work. I wish I’d known I wouldn’t be able to rely on too many people to do what I do. And, I wish I’d known just how long it was going to take.”
“People who get in this business for the money and the glory – and you’re not necessarily going to find either – are in for a big surprise.”
Founder of Buz and Ned’s. Stalwart of the Richmond, Virginia BBQ scene. A ‘stubborn dumb guy who didn’t give it up when he probably should have’.
“You have to compromise with a family business. Sometimes everybody has different visions. To go in the right direction, we all have to be seeing the same vision. When we’re all seeing the same vision we can go for it and move forward, make our changes in our business, and be productive. If we don’t see that, we hold off.”
“Longevity is just sticking to your guns, and doing everything the way you know how – the way you got there today.”
Owner of Extra Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery. Fifth generation of a foodie family. The man who brought craft beer to the Richmond, Virginia BBQ scene.