Startin the Fire is a first. It is a complete ‘how to’ book covering starting your own competition BBQ team, primarily in the KCBS series, although the process and principles explained can be applied to any competition cooking team in any series. It includes details for everything from your initial idea and preliminary considerations to what equipment you’ll need, setting- up your site and even selecting your team name. George also touches on what tunes to put on your I- pod, practice cooks, site safety, turn in box preparation, right through cooking your first event. Everything is included except for recipes and cooking methods. We are assuming you already know how to cook some good tasting BBQ. Included however, are ideas and tips to improve your overall contest results. There is even a glossary included so that you too can learn to “talk que”. The book also contains humorous stories and anecdotes covering the trials and tribulations of forming a new team and cooking as a rookie squad on the KCBS BBQ circuit.

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Everything you need to know about starting a competition bbq team

(except for the recipes)

Written by George Hensler (head cook of the WATG? BBQ Team)

(forward by Dave ‘The Pope of the Peppers” DeWitt)

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Central Meats

1120 Kempsville Road

Chesapeake VA 23320

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New Holland, PA 17557

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Whiteford, MD 21160

Latest STF News

August 3, 2014- Startin’ The Fire George Hensler was interviewed recently by  the website Grilling with Rich.  You can find the article here.

August 3, 2014-  Startin’ The Fire  George Hensler recently appeared as a special guest judge on the Travel Channel show American Grilled!  The video is posted here.

July 27, 2014 - WATG Pitmaster George Hensler was on the July 18th Midday with Dan Rodricks Show on 88.1 WYPR Radio out of  Baltimore, MD.  George stopped by to talk about all things BBQ.  You can find a link to the interview on the Audio page on the WATG Website.

July 9, 2014- Startin’ the Fire author George Hensler will be a guest judge on Travel Channel’s show, American Grilled, tonight at 9pm on the Travel Channel.  Check your local listings for more details.  For more information on Amreican Grilled, click here.

July 23, 2012- Link for interview with Grilliant Ideas posted on the Reviews page.

September 16, 2011- Startin’ the Fire was reviewed by Views, News, and BBQ.  Check out the review here.

August 15, 2011- Startin’ the Fire was reviewed by Maryland Life back in June.  Check out the review here.

July 13, 2011- WATG? Head Cook George Hensler will be interviewed on Write On Four Corners on KSJE FM, Farmington, NM on Wed Aug 24, 2011 at 10:30pm MST (12:30am EST). You can listen live at 90.9 FM if you are in the Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield area. Elsewhere you can go to to listen. A day or two after the show airs, you will be able to go to and go to podcasts write on Four Corners.

May 2, 2011- Interview with posted to the Video page.

April 10, 2011- New review posted on the Celebrity Grill Show website.

April 5, 2011- New review posted on the BBQ Smoker Site and LawDawg BBQ.

March 30, 2011- New review, from Grilling with Rich, posted to the Reviews page

March 27, 2011- Startin the Fire was given a 3rd place Award of Excellence medallion at the recent National BBQ Convention held in Greenville SC. Thanks to the NBBQA. If you are not already a member and are passionate about BBQ, you need to join this organization, these folks are all about the que!

March 27, 2011- Startin’ the Fire author George Hensler attended the NBBQA Conference in Greenville, SC this past weekend.  He was interviewed by  The interview and video can be seen here:  Interview   Video

February 17, 2011-  Startin’ the Fire was LPD Press and Rio Grande Books best selling book from January 2010 to June 2010.  Thank you to everyone who helped put us there.

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