With twenty plus years of cooking competition BBQ, much of it as part of the famed Ubons BBQ family enterprise, Craig Verhage knows a thing or two about a thing or two. This conversation was a real pleasure for me, and I hope you enjoy listening to Craig’s stories and life lessons shared here.
Doin’ it for Poppie
Right off the bat, we get into a discussion about the friendship and family bonds developed between Craig, Pitmaster Garry Roark, affectionately known as Poppie. Craig makes no bones about it. Poppie was as much as, or more, a father figure and role model as he was a BBQ mentor.
Homage to Gary Roark – Friend, Role Model, and BBQ Mentor
Ubons BBQ on BBQ Crawl with DivaQ
Click the video still below to watch a nice video short of Leslie and her Dad, Gary Roark being featured and interviewed on the Travel Channel’s BBQ Crawl with Danielle Bennett (AKA DivaQ).
Awesome Opportunities for Cultural Sharing at the James Beard House
As the conversation moves on, we discuss the many opportunities and friendships that have come Craig’s way via his involvement with Ubons, including his many trips to some of the marquee BBQ events over the years as well the chance for he, Leslie Roark Scott (The BBQ Princess) her awesome son, Jacob, and the rest of the Ubons crew had cooking at the Beard House.
The BBQ Ninja Origin Story
We round out the interview with a discussion of how the BBQ Ninja persona and brand came about. Though not quite sure about it at first, Craig embraced it fully once he realized how much people began to embrace it.
Contact Craig Verhage
As always, I urge you to reach out and contact my guests. Craig is a super open guy who will no doubt respond to your comments and messages with the same easy going manner that you hear in this interview.
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About the Show
The BBQ Beat Podcast, with BBQ Podcast host Kevin Sandridge, shares all that’s good in competition and backyard BBQ and grilling. Guests include competition BBQ pitmasters, food industry insiders, BBQ and grilling product manufacturers, and event promoters from the US as well as abroad. If you love BBQ and have an appreciation for southern culture and live-fire cooking – this is the Barbecue podcast for you.