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#072: The Self-Taught One Man Barbecue Team – Moe Cason BBQ

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Moe Cason – Moe Cason BBQ – @Moecasonbbq – Des Moines, IA

Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.

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  • Born and raised in Des Moines, Moe Cason is a U.S. Navy veteran who turned his passion for BBQ into a way of life.
  • Being self-taught, Moe’s love for BBQ began at an early age developing on the skills and authentic ingredients passed down from his grandmother Margaret Cason.
  • To raise money to buy his first smoker, Moe worked for a full year and paid out of pocket to renovate and sell his house.
  • Honing his skills as a pitmaster gave Moe the opportunity to be a contestant, judge, and star on Destination America’s Pitmaster’s and BBQ Pit Wars.
  • Moe discusses barbecue family and how a generous $20,000 check helped him bottle his first barbecue sauce.

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Shareable Quotes:

  • “I’m gonna cook what I like and then you can judge it for what it is. If it ends up 25th place brisket so be it, but when I get in the top 10 it’s me! {22:32} – Moe Cason
  • “When I fire up my stick burner, I am there from the beginning until the very end. But doing that has taught me how to manage. I can cook in subzero weather and know how to make adjustments.” {24:30} – Moe Cason
  • “Business always starts off with friendship. When someone wants to get into business with you it’s because you’re friends with them.” {35:55} – Moe Cason
  • “What else brings people from every race and religion together more than BBQ?” {43:17} – Derek Marso
  • “If you the smartest person in the room. Get out of there and go to the next room. {55:45} – Moe Cason

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