2nd Place Finish

Tina Cannon

The Pit Crew
Tina Cannon
Final Score
90.869784
KCBS Score
679.36
WFC Score
87.4444

I think Cowboy Charcoal giving a platform for lady pitmasters is great. Young teams learn by examples, so seeing us out there will hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Tina Cannon is one pitmaster who is determined to be a spokesperson and represent the ladies of barbeque. Whether she is traveling and leading her team, The Pit Crew, or posting about new recipes or online contests, she makes it a point to show everyone who's in charge of her smoker.

"I still have people come up to me at competitions who are surprised I'm the pitmaster," explained Cannon. "After years of competing, I now get several emails a week from competitors asking my advice on recipes, and cooking techniques."

As one can imagine, when Cannon found out about the female-only Cowboy Charcoal's Fire & Ice Barbeque Series, she couldn't wait to take part.

"When I heard about this opportunity I wanted to jump on the bandwagon immediately, hopefully encouraging other ladies to do the same," shared Cannon. "I think Cowboy Charcoal giving a platform for lady pitmasters is great. Young teams learn by examples, so seeing us out there will hopefully inspire others to do the same."

Like a lot of her fellow competitors, Cannon was excited about the "No Boys Allowed" rule that was put in place for this year's second championship.

"I think it was so much better having [the competition] be females-only," said Cannon. "It really took showcasing the women's talent to the next level."

In her second year competing, pitmaster Cannon earned the runner-up position and took home prize earnings worth $4,000. For her "ice," Cannon selected a pearl pendant and a necklace and earring set provided by Manning Jewelry.

Even though she is thrilled with her performance and prizes at the Second Annual Cowboy Charcoal's Fire & Ice Series, Cannon is determined to eventually claim the title. In fact, she has already begun preparing for next year's competition.

"I think this event just keeps getting bigger and better and next year I plan on winning," said Cannon. "I've already been taking advantage of a captive audience by practicing my potential competition dishes on my family during this holiday season."

The eager runner-up's husband has even put in his time-off request at work for next year's World Food Championships so The Pit Crew can see if Cannon's third time competing will be the charm. I think it's safe to say this lady pitmaster means business.

Although, don't be completely fooled by Cannon's intense competitiveness. She definitely wants to win, but one of the most valuable prizes she took home from this year's challenge was her newfound relationships with fellow lady pitmasters.

"I knew of some of the cooks prior, but this competition gave us the chance to really get to know one another," shared Cannon. "We now all talk online frequently and share recipes. So apart from my winnings? It's absolutely the fact that I've come away with some great new friends."