In 2009 I was trying to find a new hobby because drag racing was getting too expensive. So I told my wife one day I would love to have a smoker. So we started with a little smoke box that you put your wood chips in and set it in the grill. We liked it so well that we ended up buying a cheap offset smoker from our local department store. I smoked my first brisket on that smoker. With the smell of the wood burning and the different spices in the air, that was the most relaxing time I think I have had in a long time at that point. At 4:00 in the morning the local paperboy thought it even smelt good.
In 2011 I wanted to try our local competition. So the Pokes BBQ team was formed. Being our first ever competition, we learned some things, actually a lot of things. So we went back to the drawing board. We started doing some cooking for other people which was a building block for us. We got the feedback we were looking for. So in late 2011, we decided to purchase a pellet grill. We made some good food with this unit. We also decided to change our name to Travelin’ Smoke BBQ which we thought was more fitting for our team name.
In 2012 we were invited to a cook-off in Oxford, Kansas. This was our first all night cook. It was a blast (even though we were the only ones with a pellet grill) and we just knew this is what we wanted to do. I really want to thank my buddy Bob Whitlock for giving us that opportunity. We then competed back in Wellington again that same year. We did ok this time, but even though we didn’t win any hardware or money, we felt like we were champions after feeding the group of Army soldiers that were there. AWESOME!!
Since that time we have done numerous fundraisers and built a new smoker that we call Pot Belly. I owe many, many thanks to Steve Collingsworth, Kent Collingsworth, and Arthur (all from Oxford, KS) for helping me built Pot Belly.
Pot Belly Kyle, Me, & Traci at Ponca City
In 2013 my wife and I decided to go to the next level. This was a huge step. The Cherokee Strip Cook-off in Ponca City, Oklahoma (my old home town) on September 13th and 14th, 2013 was our first KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) event. The KCBS is such an awesome well organized organization. We competed against some nationally and internationally recognized teams and personalities such as Danielle Dimovski of Diva Q from Ontario Canada, Butcher BBQ from Chandler, Oklahoma, and Head Country from Ponca City, Oklahoma just to say a few. It was awesome to be competing against teams that have been on the Kingsford BBQ Pit Masters series on the Destination Channel. We placed 8th in ribs and 4th in beans. Although we placed 30th overall out of 33 teams, we had a great time. While we were there we were also interviewed for a television show that will be aired on the Travel Channel called “BBQ Crawl”.
The results of the Cherokee Strip Cook-off can be seen on the KCBS website using the following link http://www.kcbs.us/events.php?year=&month=&id=3862.
Our team page can be seen on the KCBS website using the following link http://www.kcbs.us/teams.php?page=11&alph=T&id=72928.
We have such a strong passion for what we do and we would really enjoy having your support in attendance wherever we compete.