Today’s “Teams that Do Know Jack” feature keeps us in the US Midwest. About 360 miles from Springfield, MO (home of our last feature team Here Piggy Piggy BBQ) lies Omaha, NE. It is here that four guys compete together under a team name that Robyn Medlin Lindars has dubbed one of the best BBQ team names ever. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Hot Grill on Grill Action.
Hot Grill on Grill Action is made up of four guys — Ryan Amys, Matt Frampton, Logan Hendrickson, and Chris Yelick. It started in 2006 with Ryan and Matt competing in a local BBQ competition using a Weber bullet smoker and taking 1st place in chicken. Since then, they have added the lil’ chub (custom built smoker), two team members (Logan and Chris), and revolutionized competition BBQ with their “party hard, cook hard” mentality.
The team is unique in that there is not a single person in charge. Rather, each team member is responsible for a single category. This approach allows each guy to concentrate on his area of expertise. Divide and conquer. It’s been working well. Hot Grill on Grill Action has received the following accolades:
- 2011 Nebraska state champions
- Grand Champion at Riverfest: Red, White, and Q
- Received an invitation to the American Royal Invitational
- Appeared on Season 2 of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters
You can always count on three things whenever this team is at a competition. First, you can always count on them being in the hunt for the top spot in the competition rankings. Second, you can always count on there being one hell of a party. And finally, you can count on the presence of flabongos. Yes, flabongos.
What’s a flabongo, you ask? Well… it’s a flamingo lawn ornament with a hole drilled in the bottom and the end of the beak cut off so that it can serve as a drinking apparatus. I had never even heard of flabongos until I started researching this team. It’s a brilliant idea!
This year at the Jack, you can definitely count on a good time wherever this team is set up! Sleep? Eh, who needs sleep… Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog wishes Hot Grill on Grill Action the best of luck this year at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue!!
Want to see your team here? Send me an email at [email protected]! In the meantime, check out the previously featured teams below: