Pit master Heath Riles has been competing in BBQ cook-offs for nearly 20 years. This was something he would do on weekends when he had time off from work. As time went by and his BBQ chops improved, he decided to ditch his day job as a beer rep and go all in on his hobby and passion. In 2013 he made the leap to professional pit master and BBQ guru.
He has honed his skills by cooking in more than 30 competitions a year. Nearly every contest he enters, he walks away with at least one trophy. It's not uncommon that he claims the Grand Champion tag, racking up more than 40 for his career. That's top honors for the weekend, requiring high scores in multiple categories. With such a busy schedule, he gives big props to his wife Candace for being super supportive.
Pork, beef, or chicken, no sweat. When Heath spices things up with his sauces, seasonings, and rubs that he has spent years developing, things always turn out amazing. He says that shoulders are his specialty, especially when he breaks out his Sweet Rub and Sweet Sauce. He has dialed in more than 20 custom blends of BBQ products. Heath also has many recipes in the works that aren't quite where he thinks they should be, including an all purpose rub and a new glaze. There is plenty more BBQ knowledge to come from this guy for sure.
Victory Lane was named 2015 Team of the year by the Memphis BBQ Network at their annual 'Que Ball. Check them out in the shoulder division this week in the Memphis in May International BBQ Competition.
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