The American Royal Association has revealed the 2015 class of inductees to the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Every year, three individuals are honored in one of three categories: pitmaster, business/industry and celebrity/humanitarian.
Paul Kirk (Pitmaster category), known as the “Kansas City Baron of Barbecue,” has earned hundreds of cooking and barbecue awards and has seven World Championships under his belt. He has written seven barbecue books and writes monthly columns for Kansas City Bullsheet, the Goat Gap Gazette and the National Barbecue News. For 12 years, he directed the Baron’s School of Pitmasters. He’s also a founding member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
Steven Raichlen (Celebrity/Humanitarian category) has written 30 books, five of which have won James Beard Awards. His articles have been featured in Esquire, GQ and The New York Times, among other publications. He hosts several public television shows, including “Primal Grill,” “Barbecue University” and “Project Smoke.” He’s lectured on the history of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University.
The three inductees will be honored during a ceremony at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue on Oct. 3 at Arrowhead Stadium.