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Sterling “Big Poppa” Ball, World Champion Pitmaster

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Big Poppa is a culinary artist with more than 30 years of cooking experience and more than 140 first place finishes in different categories and scores of overall Grand Championships including the big one, the American Royal World Series of Barbecue.

He is the owner of one of the largest BBQ supply stores on the internet, Big Poppa Smokers, he has done culinary development for some large restaurant chains, and he produces a line of products for pitmasters, restaurants, and home cooks.

His creativity and passion extend into the realm of music as the owner of Ernie Ball, a major supplier of guitar strings and more to such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, and many more. And yes, he plays guitar and has a band.

Be sure to check out the Big Poppa Smokers’ website for even more great recipes, plus a variety of BBQ and grilling products, including the Big Poppa Smoker line of sauces and rubs, smokers, grills, knives, and more.

Published On: 9/14/2023 Last Modified: 2/13/2024

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