In the episode we chat with Ira Pupko from Hog Heaven BBQ in Temecula California. Ira started out in 1991 with this own barbeque sauce and sat on it for 20 years.   In 2012 he went to a National Barbecue Convention walking around shouting try Hog Heaven Barbecue Sauce trying to introduce his spectacular sauce. When he started BBQing he didn’t start out with a Brinkman Smoker this guy bought his own BBQ trailer.

One of his first competitions he lost to a 16 year old in cook off. After that he went crazy on them and started winning many trophies. With his table of BBQ trophies people started to take notice. From there he opened a catering company. I really liked talking with Ira and felt totally inspired  when the call was over. I consider him a Bar-Be-Que Brother.

Quotes :

1. Foil is your friend

2. Less is more

3. Become brilliant at being average

Wood Of Choice  

70% Hickory

20% Apple

5% Cherry for color

Ira’s BBQ School

www. Hog Heaven Bbq Co 


Maverick 733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe


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