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Chad Ward

COMPETITION PITMASTER, CO-FOUNDER OF WHISKEY BENT BBQ

Hometown LAKELAND, FL
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Grill PRO 34
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Favorite Hardwood CHERRY

Biography

Chad’s passion for BBQ comes from his belief that it’s more than just food—it’s a language that everyone can understand. He’s co-founder of Whiskey Bent BBQ, a competitive BBQ team that is quickly running out of space in their trophy case. They’ve collected 7 state championship titles, 5 reserve state championship titles and over 200 top 10 overall and category finishes. Most recently, he took home 1st place, and received a perfect score, for chicken at the World Food Championships that he cooked on his trusty Pro 34. The Whiskey Bent team has two of them and takes them to every competition.

BBQ is a great way to bring people from all walks of life together.

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Chad's Favorite Recipes

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Smoked Tri-Tip

Reverse seared like a boss, this juicy tri-tip is everything a steak should be: juicy, flavorful, and addicting.

95 mins 3 Ingredients

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Smoked Shrimp and Grits

Create this classic Southern dishes using your Traeger. The sweet, smoky shrimp combined with creamy, savory grits, are a lowcountry match made in heaven.

30 mins 12 Ingredients

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Reverse Sear Rib Eye Steak with Lobster

A hunk of buttery lobster is the perfect topping for a thick cut rib eye steak that’s smoked & seared on the Traeger. This reverse seared steak recipe will impress any refined surf n’ turf connoisseur.

10 mins 9 Ingredients

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Asparagus and Spinach Salad

This roasted holiday salad consists of bright greens, candied pecans, & tangy spices. If you’re ‘going green’ this delicious salad is a step in the right direction.

10 mins 8 Ingredients

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Interview

Traeger

Tell us about your most memorable BBQ moment.

Chad Ward

Winning the 2016 Old Florida Outdoor Festival Grand Championship is the most memorable to date. We beat 70 of the best teams in the Southeast US, it was our first five-figure payback for a contest and we set the record for highest overall score in the 15-year history of the Florida BBQ Association.

Traeger

Who do you credit with helping you most in your career, any mentors or people you look up to?

Chad Ward

Rob “Rub” Bagby from Swamp Boys BBQ has always been a great mentor and friend. He helped me early on in my BBQ career and even to this day. If I am struggling in a category, we will discuss it and he always has a tip or two to point me in the right direction!

Traeger

For beginner pitmasters, what’s the one bit of advice you would give?

Chad Ward

Don’t use time as your cooking guideline and let the internal temperature of the meat dictate the next step in your process or when it is done and ready to serve.

Traeger

What’s your favorite thing to eat when no one’s watching?

Chad Ward

Snicker’s….in a unique way. I like to nibble all the chocolate off the outside and then enjoy the nougat caramel center last.