Colin Barker -- @barkerbbq
Colin Barker is a BBQ enthusiast who is passionate about backyard cooking and helping others make the best BBQ they possibly can. Colin enjoys bringing people together around the BBQ to share life and friendship in the ways that only food can do. As an owner of more bbq’s than fit on the patio he is always itching to get his hands on a new smoker to learn and try new techniques.
Colin lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughter and loves bringing different BBQ traditions from all around the country home to his backyard to feed his friends and family. He is most at home cooking bbq and eating off paper plates in his backyard.
You connect with Colin on Instagram, Facebook and on his website.
Matt Crawford -- @sasquatch_BBQ
Matt Crawford "Squatch" is the owner and sole operator of Sasquatch BBQ from Kelso, Washington. Matt has been cooking camp meats and fire meals since the age of nine years old and believes that nothing brings folks together more than fire, food and nature. Working with amazing, well respected companies such as Traeger Grills, Goal Zero, Allen Brothers Steaks and Spiceology, Matt seems to always find himself surrounded by greatness. Now the only trick is to find him! "Being the hide n seek offgrid grilling champion of the world is hard work" says Matt, but with a unique twist he invites and challenges his Social Media following to actively seek and search for the elusive beast in the pristine and wild locations of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Catch Matt on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube @sasquatch_bbq for your opprotunity to follow along and track him down for a fiery feast of outdoor foods. Keep "Squatching" for him, he's out there.
Connect with Matt on Facebook and Instagram.
Dan Phelps - @learningtosmoke
Salt Lake City, Utah
A barbecue enthusiast on a journey to becoming a well-versed Pitmaster, Dan is documenting his progress on social media for all to see, both the good and the bad. He likes to impart wisdom on the things he feels he does well and is not afraid to ask advice from others, thus creating a BBQ community for all to learn and grow from (as well as create friendships in the process). Dan also likes to show and explain his processes, as well as do product reviews.
When he's not BBQing, Dan likes to hike, run, snowshoe, and spend time with his wife and three kids.
Connect with Dan on Facebook, Instagram and his website.
Christie Vanover - @girlscangrill
Las Vegas, NV
Christie Vanover is an award-winning pitmaster, recipe developer, food photographer, writer and graphic designer, and the founder of Girls Can Grill. Her motto is: “If it can be cooked in the kitchen, it can be cooked outdoors.” She has over 20 outdoor cooking devices, including fire pits, gas grills, ugly drums, pellet smokers and ceramic cookers.
She has been competing in the sport of food since 2012, with three bouts at the World Food Championships. In 2016, she became a Kansas City Barbeque Society certified barbecue judge and started competing on the barbecue circuit, earning her first grand championship in just two years.
Through Team Girls Can Grill and her website, she teaches women and guys how to manage fire to turn out mouthwatering barbecue. She grills a few cupcakes every now and then, too. Christie has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Hearth & Home, Tailgater Magazine and USA Today. She has worked with many of the brand leaders in the meat and grilling industry, including Certified Angus Beef® brand, Smithfield, the National Pork Board, the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Weber, Char-Broil, Lodge Cast Iron, Camp Chef, Rockwood Charcoal and many more.
She’s lived all over the world, but currently calls Las Vegas home. She’s a park ranger by day and loves to glamp in her RV at America’s national parks.
Connect with Christie on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Derek Wolf - @overthefirecooking
Derek Wolf is an outdoor fire cooking enthusiast. His mission is to bring fire, food, and people together and answer the question: "How can we make simple and delicious food over an open fire?"
Connect with Derek on Facebook, Instagram and his website.
The Grill Dads - @thegrilldads
THE GRILL DADS are Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey, also known as Mark and Fey. Best friends for more than 20 years they started cooking together for dinner parties and casual barbecues. As the hungry crowds grew, Mark and Fey were able to turn their passion for making crave-worthy weekend eats into appearances as guest executive chefs planning sold-out pop-up menus at Los Angeles restaurants.
Mark and Fey were asked to compete on Food Network’s Guys Big Project,and their quirky and lovable charm and intrinsic food knowledge, Mark and Fey were named one of two winners to launch their own Food Network series. Leaning into their roles as fathers to young children (Zoe and Arthur), Mark and Fey became known as the Grill Dads. And the Grill Dads Outrageous, Super Awesome, Totally Tasty Food Extravaganza Show was born.
They've had several seasons of their own shows as well as judging on Guy's Grocery Games and becoming grilling contributors with six appearances on the Today Show.
Connect with Mark and Fey via Facebook, Instagram and their website.