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Smoke of the Shoals

 Wesley Burden, assistant pitmaster Wade Defoor Hammer Patterson from Leighton, AL

Smoke of The Shoals started competing competitively in 2008. Ken and Wesley are original team members and have been friends since childhood. Ken began competing as an assistant on another BBQ team that competed primarily on the Memphis in May BBQ circuit. The team Ken started with actually used Primo's and that is how he began cooking with them. While using Primo Ceramic Grills since Smoke of The Shoals began competing, we have won countless awards, including many first place awards in categories over the years. We have placed as Reserve Grand Champion but we are still chasing our first Grand Championship. We have acquired three 180 pins over the past few years. Our first came in pork in 2010 in Athens, AL. Our next two came at the same contest in Nashville, TN in 2013 where we had first place perfect 180's in both pork and brisket at the same competition. We believe that Primo is the premier ceramic cooker and smoker on the market today. We know they give us a competitive advantage due to their ability to maintain consistent temperatures, retain moisture in the cooking product, and due to their amazing versatility.

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