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We're excited to see the field of competitors who have already won their golden ticket and registered to compete at the 2021 World Food Championships. And we are always proud to announce our special guests and celebrity judges participating in our judging events across the nation - we're sure the championship food certainly helps! Best of luck to our 2021 competitors!


Redneck Scientific

HEAD COOK: Jerry Stephenson Jr

COMPETITION: World Barbecue Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Open Registration

Head Pitmaster, Jerry Stephenson, Jr., grew up in eastern North Carolina, and, rumor has it, was born next to a pig cooker. He learned to cook whole hog at an early age and came to appreciate not only the fine taste of eastern N.C. pulled pork, but the camaraderie and fellowship that come with standing around a pit. Back then they cooked hogs old-school - reading the pit temperature by the touch of a hand, and how to tell when a pig was done by pulling on the legs. He founded Redneck Scientific in 2010 and quickly became engaged in the KCBS world of pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. Family members, sister Nancy Manley, brother-in-law Sean Manley, wife Liz Stephenson and two young ‘uns, Elle and Fiona, round out the Redneck Scientific team. The science and history of food fascinate Jerry. A perfectionist by nature, he will spend weeks honing a sauce or rub or trying new recipes.