Smoke Masters


SmokeMasters Championship BBQ Team is based in Memphis, TN. Led by Pitmaster Will “Uncle Woo” Hair. We are a professional competition BBQ team that specializes in Whole Hog. Though, we have been known to smoke other delicious meats!

In 2007, a group of friends were sitting around one night and came up with the idea to start a competition BBQ Team. Since then, they have gone on to compete in and win some of the largest competitions in the Memphis region.

The Orion sponsored MIM SmokeMasters Tent


Led by Pitmasters Tal Goldsby and Daniel Hair, the team, cooked for Gnarly Head Wines and won Third Place Ribs at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in 2012. At the 2019 Memphis in May contest, SmokeMasters competed in Whole Hog for the first time at this event. Led by Pitmaster Will “Uncle Woo” Hair, SmokeMasters did not disappoint. At the end of the weekend, we were honored to finish in Second Place Whole Hog! In 2021 and 2022, SmokeMasters finished Fourth Place in Whole Hog at Memphis in May!

The SmokeMasters BBQ team consists of about 15 core members. During the BBQ contest season, not all members can attend every contest. Our favorite time of year is Memphis in May. No matter what, the entire team gets together to enjoy the beautiful views of the Mighty Mississippi and compete with the best of the best!

Even when the entire SmokeMasters BBQ team can’t be at a contest, our Pitmaster Woo and his wife Katie are there to keep the smokers going in pursuit of Grand Championships!  

SmokeMasters BBQ Team and Tyler Florence

SmokeMasters Championship BBQ Team competes in the Memphis Barbecue Network circuit of contests and was the 2018 and 2019 Team of the Year.


Noted Awards:

2023 Bartlett BBQ Contest, Bartlett, TN – Grand Champion

2023 Praise the Lard, Murphysboro, IL – 1st Place Pulled Pork

2023 Memphis in May – 2nd Place Turkey Smoke

2023 Memphis in May – 4th Place Seafood

2023 Atoka BBQ Fest, Atoka, TN – Grand Champion

2022 Memphis BBQ Network Pulled Pork Team of the Year

2022 Arlington BBQ Burnout, Arlington, TN – Grand Champion

2022 Smoke on the Rails, Newbern, TN – Grand Champion and Tripe finals!

2022 Que on the Yazoo, Greenwood MS – Grand Champion

2021 Biloxi Bay BBQ Festival, Biloxi, MS – 1st Place Ribs

2021 Water Valley Train Tracks Pork Attack, Water Valley, MS – 1st Place Pulled Pork

2019 Memphis BBQ Network Team of the Year

2019 Memphis BBQ Network Whole Hog Team of the Year

2019 Esperanza Bonanza, Marion, AR – Grand Champion

2018 Memphis BBQ Network Team of the Year

2018 Memphis BBQ Network Whole Hog Team of the Year

2018 Esperanza Bonanza, Marion, AR – Grand Champion

2018 World’s Oldest BBQ Festival, Covington, TN – Grand Champion

2018 Smoke on the Mountain, Galax, VA – 1st Place Whole Hog

2018 Water Valley Train Tracks Pork Atack, Water Valley, MS – 1st Place Whole Hog

2018 Delta State Pig Pickin', Cleveland, MS – Grand Champion

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