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Barbecue World Champion Travis Clark named Wildwood BBQ Bash VIP Ambassador

Pitmaster Travis Clark

Strike a match and light a fire. That’s all you’ll need to do to attract the attention of Travis Clark, the 2017 World Champion of the American Royal, considered the World Series of barbecue. Clark, an Oklahoma native, is relatively new to the barbecue competition circuit. Clark and his team, Clark Crew BBQ, have only competed for the past five years. His inspiration to compete was sparked by the decision to attend the 2012 American Royal in Kansas City as a spectator. A fun weekend, Clark says, became a life-changing experience. The sweet smoke, ‘que and the excitement had him ...

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Barbecue Battle: Low and slow versus hot and fast

Barbecuing versus grilling. It’s a discussion that sparks controversy – one that begins with the very definition of the word barbecue. Cooking over a live fire historically has been defined as “barbecue” – a cooking technique practiced around the world that has evolved and been revered as an American classic. But that classic is defined by region and subtle nuances such as the use of wood types, spices and sauces. When I was a kid, my dad “barbecued” on a brick backyard pit. Back then, it was all barbecue. But it wasn’t. Most of the time, we actually were grilling. ...

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