Pitmaster, Owner – Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ
A hobby started in 2000 has transformed into to a full time career and the most successful competition track record in the country. Rob Reinhardt lives, breathes, and endlessly displays his passion for the world of Barbecue. “There is no greater feeling than watching someone bite into a piece of championship barbecue for the first time. Most people don’t realize just how good this food can be,” says Rob.
Rob and his wife Jacy run Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ, a business and competition barbecue team started in 2007. Rob’s obsession with cooking perfect barbecue has resulted in more Grand Championships than any other Canadian team, including the Canadian National BBQ Championships, and a recent repeat World Championship category win at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN. Prairie Smoke & Spice are also the 2015 Canadian National BBQ Champions, finishing at the top of the rankings compiled by the Canadian BBQ Society. With over 175 awards won in competition, Rob has blazed a trail across the country.
Rob also runs Canada’s largest BBQ School, with over 1400 students trained in the art of Low ‘n Slow cooking so far, and classes running across Canada every Spring. He also makes appearances at home shows, as well as regular appearances on Global, CTV, and City’s Breakfast Television in Vancouver.
In addition to their success in the competition world, Prairie Smoke & Spice is a successful catering and concession company, operating at the biggest festivals across Western Canada, and keeping their crew working at Ribfests for 12 weeks during summer. Prairie Smoke & Spice caters to parties from 50 to 5000 across Saskatchewan, though their reputation has brought them into special parties in three other provinces as well.
Rob is Vice President of the Canadian Barbecue Society, and is a former board member of the PNWBA. He is a certified BBQ Judge (PNWBA). Rob was the guest international chef at the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest.
Pitmaster, Rocky Mountain Smokers
Kris Valckx is the head cook & pitmaster of the Calgary-based BBQ team, Rocky Mountain Smokers. Kris has been competing competitively for the last 5 years winning awards and accolades everywhere he competes! He is one of the most successful and well-respected BBQ cooks in Canada. He is the 2016 KCBS International Team of the Year for Pork and has competed in every province from BC to Quebec.
Kris is also the Alberta Chapter Lead for the Canadian BBQ Society, and a member of the BBQ on the Bow Society, actively promoting BBQ in Calgary and the nation!
Kris brings experience and knowledge to class, following a similar class structure but with his own unique twist on all things BBQ. This will be a great opportunity to learn from one of the best, and remember…
“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!”
Kris’s classes can be found HERE.