Beer Pressure

Rob Nelson & Stanley

Rob Nelson created Beer Pressure BBQ about 5 years ago in Huntsville, AL with a trip to a local warehouse and a purchase of a pellet smoker.  Fast forward to today and Beer Pressure BBQ is one of the premiere Backyard BBQ teams in the state. Beer Pressure BBQ has won numerous top 10 finishes and multiple Grand and Reserve Grand Championships including The World Championship BBQ Contest in Lynchburg, TN in 2014.

After retiring from a 30-year career in law enforcement, Rob and his loyal companion Stanley (Great Dane) continue to turn heads at BBQ competitions. Rob is also a DJ and can be seen on most Friday nights at BBQ competitions hosting Karaoke for the cook teams, friends and family members on scene.

Beer Pressure BBQ is privileged and honored to be a part of the Bama-Q TV series and to be part of such a great BBQ family. Rob welcomes everyone who attends a contest where they are competing to drop by and say hello. “Let’s be friends…not strangers!!”

Sweet Cheek’s Pit BBQ

Vannah & Morgan Cheek

We’re Sweet Cheek’s Pit BBQ, a husband and wife team from Muscle Shoals, AL. We started competing in Backyard BBQ in 2016 with only a couple of contests close to home. We really got fired up in 2017…cooking as many competitions as possible. In the past two years we’ve averaged 15-20 comps per year. We’ve earned 2 Grand Champions, 4 Reserve Grand Champions and a 180 in Ribs. We were blessed to be Fourth in the ABA standings for 2018.

Dessert is another category we enjoy competing in, scoring 7 “perfect” 180’s to date. It’s always a sweet way to finish up a competition, especially when there are leftovers.

Our most memorable cook, so far, was Smokin for a Reason in Fort Payne, AL in 2018. Morgan received his first 180 in Ribs there.

Our favorite thing about competition BBQ is the friends we have acquired along the way. They have become our BBQ family.

Redbones

Russ Allen & Amy Beck

I’m Russ Allen, my teammate is Amy Beck and together we are Redbones Competition BBQ. We’re from Florence, Alabama. We’ve been competing since 2018. Amy’s 3 kids and my 3 kids were all into sports. At one time, we traveled all over the South attending football, baseball, softball, and basketball games. When most of the kids moved on…we found we had a void in our lives. We decided “hey let’s try this competition BBQ thing.”  I’ve been cooking, grilling and smoking for as long as I can remember. In 2015 I started practicing (competition style), sampling and trying just about every rub and sauce on the market. We joined KCBS and the ABA. On April 28, 2018, we competed in our first competition in Florence at the “Smoke on the Water” festival. We finished with 3 respectable places in each meat category and 12th overall out of 52 of the best backyard teams around. To say we were “hooked” would be an understatement. We loaded up an old smoker and a pop-up tent and hit the road the next weekend. We absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and most of all the people.

We went on to compete in 15 straight competitions without missing one. We were also fortunate enough to finish 5th in the state in the run for the “Team of the Year” for 2018.  Some of our highlights from 2018 out of 16 competitions are:

4-Reserve Grands
12- top 10 overall finishes
9- top 5 overall finishes

We want to encourage anyone out there, if you’ve ever thought about competing, load up that cooker or whatever you’ve got, find the next competition in your area and go!! We’ll see you there. You won’t regret it!!