*Norco, CA   —   In a California first, Myron Mixon, Moe Cason, Harry Soo, Neil Strawder and just added Sterling Ball, five of  America’s top celebrity chefs featured on the television show, BBQ Pitmasters, will appear at the Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival, May 29-31, 2015 in Norco.

This marks the first appearance at a California barbeque competition for Mixon and Cason. Cason, Soo and Strawder are amongst 80 teams from California, Arizona and Nevada vying for over $10,000 in cash and prizes and most importantly, bragging rights.

The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) and the California Barbeque Association (CBBQA). Mixon will kick off the three day event at a VIP reception where he will offer his experiences, insight and Georgia quips.

The festival hosts craft beer tastings from the area’s most prized brewers, live entertainment, classes, demonstrations and special activities.  Both beer and barbeque will be available to sample and attendees may cast a vote for their favorite craft beer or barbecue to determine the people’s choice awards. A rare California Certified BBQ Judging (CBJ) class and an onsite Brew 101 class are also scheduled.

Myron Mixon has not attended a California barbeque cook-off and looks forward to the event.

“I’ve never done a contest in California,” Mixon explains. “I’ve always wanted to, but I’ve had schedule issues…”

This marks Mixon first appearance and competition in California! Mixon is widely recognized as the sport’s most successful and charismatic man and is known as the winningest man in barbeque.

Moe Cason, a multiple grand and reserve barbecue champion, has competed and won in 35 states. He has appeared as a judge and contestant on BBQ Pitmasters, and has been featured in the hit television series BBQ Pit Wars. His infectious smile and skill on the grill make him popular throughout the barbeque and food communities.

“I am really looking forward to this. I used to live out there years ago but I have never competed in a KCBS event in California,” notes Cason.

Neil Strawder is a season 2 BBQ Pitmasters alumni. His restaurant, Bigmista’s Barbeque & Sammich Shop, is a popular Southern California eatery and Neil is featured in a national Arby’s television commercial campaign. Strawder is happy to be part of the BBQ Pitmasters experience and welcomes the challenge of the match ups.

“I am ready and looking forward to coming to Norco,” he nods. “Pitmasters is an exclusive club. It is fun to talk a little trash and beat down on them.”

Harry Soo, became a barbeque legend after appearing on season one of BBQ Pitmasters. In the season finale, Soo stunned the nation by defeating all the teams including two BBQ World Champions. Soo’s Barbeque Cooking school is one of the most respected and recognized in the industry. His blogs are followed by thousands and he is an accessible resource for all things barbeque.

“It will be nice to see old friends,” said Soo . “I love to cook against the top talent in America.”

Sterling Ball is considered one of the most influential people in competitive BBQ.  His team, Big Poppa’s Smokers has won the prestigious American Royal Invitational along with scores of other awards and accolades. In 2012, Ball launched the King of the Smoker, one of barbeque’s most innovative and influential contests. His product line of rubs, sauces and smokers are considered some of the best in the industry.

“We are very excited to welcome this elite group of competitors”, notes Derrick Turner, an event coordinator. “They bring a lot of energy to the event and a camaraderie and competitive spirit that make barbeque competition exciting,” Turner adds.

California’s Twisted Brisket, Burnin’ and Lootin’, Simply Marvelous and Arizona’s Loot n’ Booty are among a field of 80 teams who will converge on the small equestrian community located in Riverside County, wedged between Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Blues stylist, the 60 Grit Blues Band; toe stomping Blue Henrys; country artists Tessie and the Calico Cats; brass band, Tuba Force and crowd favorites, the Muddy Hooker Kings add to the festival flavor. Special guest Redbone, best known for their hit, “Come and Get your Love,” will join the Blue Henry’s on stage.


Festival Hours: Friday, May 29, 6:30 pm “Meat and Greet” Reception with Myron Mixon; Saturday, May 30, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm: BBQ Competition, Sunday. May 31, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Certified Table Captains and BBQ Judging Class and Brew 101 Class.

Tickets are now on sale and priced as follows: Pre sale tickets- General admission tickets, $10.00. Sampler  tickets, $25.00 per day (includes 10 beer or BBQ taste tickets). A limited number of VIP Kick off reception seats are available. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit or call (951) 444-1280.

About The Organizer: The DEC Group and Service Through Action are organizations that have been at the forefront of social change. They courageously take an innovative stance on issues such as education, leadership development  and healthy environments. Through creative arts, community service, education and advocacy, they improve the quality of life for youth, their families and the community.

WHAT:   Horse Town Brew N’ Que Festival
WHERE: George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center
3737 Crestview Dr, Norco, CA 92860
WHEN:  Fri/Sat/Sun May 29-31, 2015

Click here for complete schedule:

Meat and Greet w Myron Mixon/Big Moe Cason VIP Kick-off Reception $50
Beer Sampler Package incl Gen Adm – $25 (Incl 10 sample beer tickets, Must be 21 to purchase)
BBQ Sampler Package incl Gen Adm – $25 (includes 20 BBQ scripts)
Gen Adm – $10 / Premier Parking – $10
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