Recently, our BBQ Heroes project took on a new form as a TV pilot.  It’s formatted as a competition-style show that combines that art of BBQ and raising money for non-profit organizations.

To kick it off, we pitted Patrick with Eagle Mount against Chloe of Heroes and Horses in a battle of the BBQ.  Rick teamed up with Chloe and Ty with Patrick; each pitmaster taught their respective contestant how to make a competition-style rack of ribs.  Then, they were tasked with putting the lessons they learned to the test by making a rack of ribs on their own.

Once the judges determed the BEST rack of ribs, based on tenderness, taste and presentation; Chloe (Heroes & Horses) was named the winner.  Heroes & Horses received a donation of $5000, and Chloe got to participate in the Montana Pitmaster Classic KCBS competition along side Ty and Rick.

Thank you to our sponsors that supplied the products needed to make the ribs: Compart Family Farms provided their quality pork ribs, Royal Oak Charcoal provided the pellets and Traeger donated 2 grills and accessories.

We were lucky enough to have talented actress and singer, Lauren Mayhew as our show host.  She set the stage for a great competition with her skillful narration.  We received incredible support from the Element Hotel, who provided a shooting location, as well as rooms for our cast and crew.  Kenyon Noble was instrumental as our main shoot location and provided unparalleled support and promotion for our pilot.  Lastly, thank you to the Montana Film Office for awarding us the Big Sky Film Grant that allowed us to bring this pilot to fruition.

With Chloe’s help, Montana Outlaw BBQ took home the title of Reserve Champion with a score of 705 at the Montana Pitmaster Classic, 2022. As usual, we were proud to use our Outlaw BBQ Smoker coupled with Royal Oak Charcoal during our competition cook.  We also used Compart Family Farm pork for our rib and pork belly turn-ins.  Congratulations to our friends at Beer Belly BBQ on their Grand Championship, and the Piggin’ Whiskey BBQ Team on their 3rd place title.

About Heroes and Horses
The mission at Heroes and Horses is to un-program the programmed. To offer combat veterans an alternative solution for defining and approaching their physical and mental scars—a solution that does not include prescription medications, or traditional psychotherapy, but rather the opportunity to use tools to redefine their purpose, rediscover their inner strength, and maximize their potential by taking ownership of their lives for the first time since leaving service.

About Eagle Mount
Eagle Mount Bozeman is committed to provide quality adaptive recreation and sport opportunities for people with disabilities and young people impacted by cancer, and to provide support for families of participants, so that “they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”

About BBQ Heroes
BBQ Heroes is Montana Outlaw BBQ’s  passion project. We believe in giving back and paying it forward; we happen to also love barbecue and cooking. Our fond memories of gathering with friends and family around good food are something we strive to share with others. Our idea is to find the amazing people in this world who selflessly give back to their communities and award them with a BBQ experience unlike any other.