The American Royal Association has announced the 2013 class of inductees to the Barbecue Hall of Fame: Adam Perry Lang, George Stephen Sr., and Myron Mixon. The formal induction ceremony will take place on the main stage of the World Series of Barbecue Championship event at the American Royal Complex on Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 pm.
Each year, three individuals are awarded the prestigious honor and are recognized by the Barbecue Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to the barbecue community and demonstration of achievement in barbecue excellence in one of three categories: Pitmaster, Business/Industry, and Celebrity/Humanitarian.
This year, the Barbecue Hall of Fame will welcome the following inductees:
Pitmaster Category: Myron Mixon
Myron Mixon, Chief cook of the Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team, won first place in his first barbecue contest and has been taking home the top trophies ever since. From the beginning of his barbecue career in 1996, Myron has won over 200 grand championships resulting in over 1900 total trophies, over 40 state championships, and 11 national championships.
Myron’s unmatched winning pitmaster record has earned him the nickname of the “winningest man in barbecue” and his competition accolades include three Grand Champion titles at the World Championship in Memphis three times, three first place wins for Whole Hog category at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbeque Competition, and Myron’s team is the only team to earn Grand Championships in the Memphis in May, Kansas City Barbeque Society, and Florida BBQ Association in the same year. He is well-known among pitmasters on the competition barbecue circuit and to other barbecuers who tune-in to watch him as judge pitmasters on Destination America’s hit TV show “BBQ Pitmasters”.
Business/Industry Category: George Stephen, Sr.
Several decades before there was a George Foreman grill, there was another innovative barbecuing enthusiast named George Stephen Sr. who made grills for the everyday household. In the late 1800’s, a metal works factory worker named George Stephen Sr. used two sheet metal half-spheres originally designed as parts for buoys to make his homemade grill, which George referred to as “George’s Barbecue Kettle”.
George began selling his invention in 1952 and then formed the barbecue division of the Weber Brothers Metal Works factory, which he ultimately bought out, became sole owner of, and devoted his career to manufacturing and selling what we know today as the Weber Kettle.