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The Barbecue Tours Crew | "Show us your pits"

You can put all of the sauce on it you want, but you still have to master the art of cooking barbecue.

— Mike Mills

Peace, Love, and Barbecue

The Barbecue Tours Crew

Name Bio

Smoke Daddy

(aka Steven Sweeney)

Westfield Alum, Longhorn Band Alum, UT MIS Alum, C&L Alum, Arapaho UMC Member. Currently residing in the Dallas area with his wife and two kids.

Cut his professional teeth on business & technology consulting in a Big 4 firm... but an underlying love of barbecue, blues, and beer fueled what has become Barbecue Tours.  He is the Event Founder, and has served in every available role: Strategist; Event Planner; Marketing Director; Public Relations Director; Music Director; Webmaster; Driver; Navigator; Participant

Smoke Daddy has visited 230 barbecue joints. He has earned the Ironman award on each of his 12 tours.


Double-Boner

(aka Doug Barrow)

Westfield HS Alum, UT Alum, College Roomate of Smoke Daddy, Resides with his wife and two dogs in the Washington DC area.

Double Boner has been on the Barbecue Tour from the very beginning. He has helped plan numerous tours; helped with music; driven, navigated, and even hosted the BBQ Crew at his house.

Doug has visited 165 barbecue joints.  He has earned the Ironman award on each of the 10 tours he has attended.


Ass Man

(aka Craig Rosen)

Klein Oak Alum, Longhorn Band Alum, UT Alum, College Roomate of Smoke Daddy, Resides in Austin with his wife and two daughters.

AM has been participating in the Tour since its inception in 1999. He has contributed with music, planning, driving and navigating.

Craig has visited 135 barbecue joints over 9 tours, and earned the Ironman award 7 times.


XO

(aka Bill Karau)

Westfield HS Alum, UT Alum, College Roomate of Smoke Daddy, US Navy Submariner, Motorola Alum, McKinsey Alum, Paving stone operations guru, Inventor of the Karubecue, Resides in DFW area with his wife, kids, and two dogs.

XO has participated in the Barbecue Tour since 2001. He has served in a number of roles including Mass Transport Director (responsible for getting the van involved), and Chief Organizer in 2004. The tour got some wheels turning, and several years of R&D later, has turned those into a venture called "Karubecue Barbecue Technology" (www.karubecue.com).

He has visited 131 barbecue joints over 8 tours, and has earned 6 Ironman awards.


K-Dawg

(aka Kevin McReynolds)

Westfield HS Alum, A&M Alum, An engineer out of college, he now works for a global business consulting firm, Resides in Houston area with his wife and son.

K-Dawg has been participating in the Tour since 2001. He has contributed with music coordination and production, planning, driving and navigating.

Kevin has visited 117 barbecue joints over 8 tours, and earned the Ironman award 6 times.


Wildman

(aka Darin Barrow)

Westfield Alum, SWT Alum, Brother of Double-Boner, Currently residing outside of Houston Wildman joined the Barbecue Crew in 2001, with the trip through Northeast Texas to Shreveport. Without exception, when Darin participates, he serves as our Public Relations Ambassador and Color Commentator. He has served as driver and/or navigator on nearly every tour he has attended. Wildman has visited 102 barbecue joints over 7 tours, and has earned 2 Ironman awards.


FU (aka Flynn)

(aka Chris Flynn)

Westfield HS Alum, UT Alum, College Roomate of Smoke Daddy, Lean manufacturing guru, Currently resides in Austin area.

Flynn has participated in Barbecue Tours since 2000. He has visited 73 barbecue joints over 7 tours, and earned the Ironman award 3 times.


Salamander

(aka John Landwermeyer)

Westfield HS Alum, UT Alum, College Roommate of Smoke Daddy, Currently resides in the Austin area with his wife and four kids.

Salamander has participated in Barbecue Tours since 2001. He has visited 65 barbecue joints over 6 tours, and earned the Ironman award 3 times.


Wooster

(aka Doug Hyde)

Iowa State Alum (both student & employee); TI Employee; Member of Arapaho UMC; Resides in DFW area with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Wooster has participated in Barbecue Tours since 2004. He has visited 61 barbecue joints over 4 tours, and earned the Ironman award 3 times.


T-Bone

(aka Trent Patterson)

Grew up in Arlington, UT MIS Alum, C&L Alum, Still works in business & technology consulting, Resides in the Austin area with his wife and daughter.

T-Bone has been participating in the Tour since 2001. He has contributed with planning, public relations, music, driving,and has even hosted the BBQ Crew at his house.

Trent has visited 52 barbecue joints over 7 tours, and earned 1 Ironman award.