Jason Ganahl has his cooking fires on. His meats are cut, rubbed and ready for heat. And his sauces have been painstakingly tinkered with to achieve that perfect, tangy-sweet flavor profile.
The Superior stay-at-home dad — perhaps known better as the “Sultan of Swine” — may just be the best barbecue cook in the nation.
And that’s not a lot of hot talk if things go Ganahl’s way at the prestigious 2013 Sam’s Club National BBQ Championship in Bentonville, Ark., which wraps up Saturday afternoon.
Ganahl and his BBQ outfit, GQue, are crossing grill forks with the best of the best this weekend — 50 teams out of nearly 2,000 that entered the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour at the beginning of the year — in the hopes of landing the top honor and the $50,000 purse that goes with it.
“It is a who’s who of competitive barbecue,” Ganahl said Friday, as he began unloading his cooking equipment from his trailer in the parking lot of the Sam’s Club corporate headquarters. “There are guys here that when you first start out you look up to them — you’d never think you’d be competing against them.”
That includes Tuffy Stone, who has appeared on the TV show “BBQ Pitmasters” and is competing with his team Cool Smoke, and Tim Grant of TRUEBUD BBQ, considered one of the top meat masters in the country.
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