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A taste of “Kansas City” from Moody County

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 2nd, 2013

Lee Johanson (left) and Chad Gundvaldson (right) pose with their first prize trophy at their latest BBQ cook off event. The two men have won two championships in their short time together as Grill Masters. (Submitted Photo)

Chad Gundvaldson and Lee Johanson have turned a hobby into a "smoking sensation." These two Egan graduates grew up together and have remained friends ever since High School.

About a year ago, Chad called Lee and asked if he would be interested in joining him in a BBQ competition only a couple weeks away. Lee emphatically agreed and their journey began.

Now that the two had teamed up, the next step was creating a name for their team. After many long nights they came up with the winner, “Too Smoked To Pork”.

At their first competition they walked away with the Grand Championship for the most total points from the chicken, ribs, and pork loin categories. The Team also competed in Vermillion at a Kansas City Barbeque Sanctioned event that summer and placed in the rib category.

Chad and Lee continued to perfect their techniques throughout the summer and a month ago, they won their second Grand Championship title. Lee says that “love” is the secret to their success.

The team will be bringing their cooking talents to The Flandreau Santee Sioux Wacipi the third weekend in July. They will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, chopped beef sandwiches, and pulled pork nachos, all served up with their Kansas City Style BBQ sauce that they make from scratch.

The two men plan to continue the BBQ competition circuit this summer, while also catering a few weddings and celebrations.

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