Smokin’ the competition

May 28, 2013

Competitive barbecuer Tom Wallin is fired up to win grilling’s top prizes

In the world of competitive cooking, entrants look for any advantage they can get to get a leg up on their competition.

The edge for local resident Tom Wallin, the road to championship barbecuing, including his latest win in April at the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, came from the year he spent as a certified judge before joining the ranks of competitors.

In 2004, Wallin, a lifelong backyard barbecuer, was intrigued by the growing number of grilling competitions on the Food Network, when an opportunity presented itself that Memorial Day weekend.

By David Hayes Tom Wallin describes how the flames travel throughout his competition smoker he hauls to contests throughout the United States.

By David Hayes
Tom Wallin describes how the flames travel throughout his competition smoker he hauls to contests throughout the United States.

“My wife Kay and I thought, ‘Certified judging. What a great gig that would be,’” Wallin said.

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