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Key Note Speaker - Monday, 4/4/22

Randy Sutton | Main Ballroom

Randy Sutton is a 34 year Law Enforcement veteran and nationally known media commentator on Law Enforcement issues. Randy is the Founder of ‘THE WOUNDED BLUE” The National Assistance and Support Organization for Injured and Disabled Law Enforcement Officers.   He served ten years in the Princeton New Jersey Police Department and 24 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. 

He is recognized as one of the most highly decorated officers in the LVMPD history, having awards for Valor, Community Service, Exemplary Service and multiple Lifesaving awards. He has trained thousands of Law Enforcement Officers in the United States on the subject of “POLICING WITH HONOR”   He is the author of “TRUE BLUE Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them”, ‘A COP’S LIFE”, “TRUE BLUE TO PROTECT AND SERVE”, and has been recognized by the President of the United States while receiving the “POINTS OF LIGHT“ Award and is also the author of the Amazon #1 Bestselling book,  “THE POWER OF LEGACY, Personal Heroes of America’s Most Inspiring People” He is the host of the popular Podcast and LiveTalk Radio show BLUE LIVES RADIO, THE VOICE OF AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT. He can be contacted at randy@thewoundedblue.org


SunnyMoodyKey Note Speaker - Tuesday, 4/5/22

Sunny Moody | Main Ballroom

Sunny is the 2021 World Food Steak Champion and has received numerous awards, Grand Champion, and Reserve Grand, and multiple 1st place and top 5 finishes in multiple categories in BBQ and Grilling.  After a life-altering diagnosis of a brain and spinal malformation along with MS, Sunny went through a major lifestyle transformation losing 80 pounds which ignited a fire inside her to become a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer. She now develops recipes with her extensive background in nutrition and nothing gives her more satisfaction than teaching others how to create mouthwatering food through BBQ and Grilling.

Moodswing BBQ was founded by Sunny and Jeff Moody as a professional competition BBQ team. What started as a passion for backyard BBQ and live-fire cooking with family and friends has evolved into a full-fledged, high-profile professional competition BBQ team. Sunny, Jeff, and their four daughters (ages 5 to 14) travel across the country competing in Kansas City Barbecue Society (“KCBS”) and Steak Cookoff Association (“SCA”), Georgia Barbecue (GBA) events and are now branching into other areas of bbq competitions. Despite the accomplishments as a family and numerous awards won on the competition circuit, their true passion is sharing the joy of BBQ, grilling, and live-fire cooking with others. Through partnerships with some of the most respected brands in BBQ such as Kosmos Q, B&B Charcoal, and others, they are able to share their knowledge of BBQ and grilling through social media as well as live classes and demonstrations. It is their hope and mission to inspire BBQ and grilling enthusiasts everywhere, from backyard BBQ novices to seasoned pitmasters, to find the same passion in live-fire cooking that has brought so much joy and fulfillment to their own family.


Meet the Masters 

 | Main Events Room

Join us for this amazing time with legends, new combers, and all those in between. This panel is an eclectic group of backgrounds and expertise you won't want to miss.  Hear from people like:

  • Mark Lambert - Sweet Swine O Mine Distributer and World Champion
  • Sunny Moody -  Moody BBQ, SCA World Champion
  • Lee Ann Whippen - Celebrity Pitmaster and judge, Competitor/Restraunteur/Radio Host/Brand Ambassador
  • Shannon Snell - Sonny's BBQ Pitmaster past All American and NFL Football Player
  • Brad Orrison - The Shed and Champion competitor
  • Junior Urias – TV Celebrity, Texas BBQ Pitmasters Champ & ‘Up in Smoke’ Restaurant Owner
  • Moe Cason - TV Personality, Celebrity Pitmaster & Judge, & Sauce & Rub Manufacturer
  • Bob Trudnak - Celebrity Grillmaster and Iconic BBQ Instructor

The panel is growing every day, so check back to see the rest of the names as we get closer to the conference. 


Lamb BoardAMERICAN LAMB BAAA-UTCHERY

Mary Humann and Mohamed Htoutou | Presentation | Outside Stage

Learn about the U.S. sheep industry and whole animal American Lamb butchery from “lambassadors” Mary Humann of the American Lamb Board and Mohamed Htoutou of Capra Foods, a Texas-based group of ranchers who raise Dorper sheep. The presentation will cover whole lamb anatomy, breaking down a split lamb carcass into primals and cuts as well as ideas for using economical cuts of lamb on your bbq menus. Join us to learn about the growing popularity of lamb. Baaa appetit!



GenericMarketing Matters: Live Q&A with Industry Experts

Brook Orrison-Lewis - The Shed,  Monique Waldrop - 4Rivers BBQ,  and Katie Trahanas and Montana Coleman - Sonny's BBQ | Presentation | Trophy Room

Talk about experts in their field.  Join this amazing panel of "Women in BBQ" that have a success record in marketing their companies through strategic and multichannel platforms that have driven guests to each of their brands.  Listen as they discuss what they've learned and how they have adapted their strategies over the past couple of years. Listen and use real take-ways you can apply to your business and social media strategy


Amy JungkTrends In The Rub and Sauce Industry. How To Make Your Brand Stand Out In A Crowded Market 

Amy Jungk | Presentation | Trophy Room

Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Old World Spices, Amy will guide you through the trends she is seeing today that will influence your future choices for your sauces and rubs.  What will make your rub or sauce stand out in today's market?


Mark Lambert

Ole Hickory Troubleshooting and Repair!

Mark Lambert | Presentation | River Ranch Kitchen

Mark Lambert, world champion competitor, mentor, and Ole Hickory dealer at Sweet Swine O Mine, will help you troubleshoot your Ole Hickory smoker.  

Nothing beats knowing what to fix, and how to fix it when that repairman is too far away, and too expensive.  Learn the ins and outs, and tricks of the trade that have helped Mark along the way.  

Mark will use a real, working smoker in the River Ranch Kitchen


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Influencer Panel

Brad Orrison and Brooke Orrison-Lewis | Presentation | Trophy Room

Brad and Brooke will facilitate this interactive panel on what it takes to be an influencer.  Key tips of the trade, how to get started, what to avoid, how to keep it going, be creative and other ideas that you may not have thought about.  You may be a beginner, average, or...maybe you've done this a while and can add to the experience.  All levels are welcome as we learn and grow our personal brands.

  • Bob Trudnak - Celebrity Grillmaster and Iconic BBQ Instructor
  • Junior Urias - TV Personality, BBQ Pitmasters Texas Champion & Restaurateur
  • Moe Cason -  TV Personality, Celebrity Pitmaster & Judge, & Sauce & Rub Manufacturer

Check back soon for additional panel members


blackflameProducts to Market Panel

Mike Radosevich and Chris Bohnemeier | Trophy Room

Join this amazing panel of experts, Amy Jungk - Old World Spice, Brook Orrison-Lewis - The Shed , and Mike and Chris from BBQ Brands. Mike and Chris will lead this open Q and A panel where they will discuss questions covering things like: how do I get my product on the shelves, what logistics and details do I need to know, what are supply-chain challenges I need to be aware of, and so much more.  

If you are beginning your business, have started and need a nudge to the next level, or have a successful product already, this panel is for you. As we learn and share ideas from each other, you will take with you real life experiences that will save you time and money.


blackflameCharcoal 101

Joey Machado | Trophy Room

You may think you know everything there is to know about charcoal, but do you? Test your knowledge, or come learn something new as Joey discusses 'what charcoal is and where does it come from.' Plus, he will talk about production, quality, and availability in the US and all over the world.   What makes charcoal special? Well, the only way to find out is to hear it first hand.  

Come to learn, take away some tips, or add your own expertise for those around you.  This will be a great, informative class.


PCBPanther City BBQ - How We Made The Top 10

| Trophy Room

Panther City BBQ started serving barbecue out of their food truck in January 2021. They quickly became a sensation here in Ft. Worth, eventually moving to a permanent location. Founders, Magallances and Morales had been successful on the competition circuit as well as part-time barbecue vendors. But this was an opportunity they had to jump on.  Hear how they got started, shot up to the Top 10 BBQ joint in Texas for 2021, and their journey along the way.  “There’s a lot to like about the Fort Worth newcomer, and the pork belly burnt ends are just the start.”


blackflameSDG Food Truck/Trailer Panel

Nick Boyce, Ozzie Valentin | Business | Outside Class

This class is the first of its kind. With the popularity of food trucks on the rise, many have questions. SDG Trailers will be hosting this deep dive into what is needed and required to start and maintain a food truck/trailer business.  Not only will they discuss tips and tricks from those who operate their own food trucks, but also from the manufacturing side. Like: What is a must-have? What size do I need?   What areas do I need to park in? Do I need permits? And so much more.  

Before the class, for Monday's lunch, we will support some local food trucks as we invite them to come to serve NBBQA attendees.  This will give you a chance to look at different trucks; see types of menus, window set-ups, decor and so much more. Write questions ahead of time and bring them to the class.

Lunch is on your own, but we encourage all attendees to visit the food trucks for some Texas, BBQ.  We will post more details as they unfold.  


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How Did I Survive?

Bryan McLarty | Business | Trophy Room

Bryan McLarty of 407 BBQ gives us his story and key points you can take with you. Discover how Bryan managed the ups and downs over the last 2 years and things he's applied that'll set him up for future success.  Come, listen, learn, and maybe share your experience.


Whole Hog Cooking Class

Danny Montgomery | Demonstration | Outside Stage

Danny “Big D” Montgomery has been competitively cooking BBQ for more than 30 years. He has won on some of the biggest stages, from Memphis in May to the Jack Daniels Invitational. He has traveled the world teaching other international BBQ competition teams and has trained some of the greatest chefs at their luxury resorts. Now, you can see him in action as he teaches this amazing Whole Hog Class. Learn how to trim, prepare, smoke, and decorate your whole hog for catering, events, or just a family gathering.


CraigCatering Class

Craig Carter | Business | Trophy Room and Kitchen

This is no ordinary breakout. During this interactive, hands-on class, Craig is going to take you through the entire process of planning a customized catering; from beginning to end. Literally.   Craig will teach and demo his process, plus use Tuesday's lunch, for all attendees, to show how to set up, plan and execute an event of that size. He shows how he would run lines, display, decorate, etc. It's the first class of its kind.