- Phil and Linda Hopkins have been competing in world-class barbecue contests as Smokin' Guns BBQ since 1997. They have competed in nearly 200 contests across 12 states. As members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) they are also certified barbecue judges.
In 1999, Smokin' Guns took the Grand Champion title at the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue contest. Competing against 41 other championship teams, they took 1st in brisket, 2nd in pork, and 5th in ribs. Linda also earned 4th place in the dessert category.
In 2000, Phil and Linda launched a line of BBQ rubs. Their Smokin' Guns BBQ rubs are available across the country in specialty stores and through their Web site, www.smokingunsbbq.com.
In 2003, after leaving a 14-year career as a supervisor in a metal fabrication plant, Phil opened Smokin' Guns BBQ & Catering, a 50-seat restaurant in North Kansas City, Missouri, bringing to the public his world championship barbecue. The restaurant serves more than 150 people a day and caters to local businesses. In 2006, Linda left the corporate world after 25 years as a technical writer and joined Phil full time at the restaurant. Phil and Linda continue to hit the competition barbecue circuit on weekends, frequently earning even more awards along the way.
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