World food championship winner brings BBQ secrets to Wichita

Written by Joe Stumpe

A Canadian who's taken the all-American sport of barbecue cookoffs by storm plans to share recipes, techniques and mouth-watering meals during appearances at All Things BBQ this month.

Brian Misko, winner of the best ribs category in last November's World Food Championship in Las Vegas, will teach three classes and serve up a gourmet dinner here Sept. 25-27.

A resident of Vancouver, Misko says he got a taste for barbecue competitions while traveling to Texas, Atlanta and other U.S. cue strongholds as a software salesman.

It was just like setting the hook on a fish, he said. I was in. I had to do it.

Do it he did, putting together the House of Q team and competing in his first event in 2005. Five years and numerous wins later, he was invited to help feed the international media assembled for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with other top chefs from that cosmopolitan city.

It was a wake-up call for me, Misko said, and one that led him to pursue his passion full-time. Today the House of Q, run by Brian and his wife, Corrine, produces a line of four BBQ sauces (ranging in heat from Apple Butter up to Sugar and Spice) and a spice blend called House Rub. Misko also released his first cookbook earlier this year, Grilling with House of Q, which contains recipes he's used in competitions over the past decade, anecdotes from the road and more.

Brian's schedule at all things BBQ includes:

Dinner on the Grill, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25: Steak Bites and Planked Brie with Cranberry Chutney; Maple and Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Peach Salad; Grilled Cinnamon Toast with Pan Fruit Sauce.

Sunday Dinner with a Barbecue Champion, 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27: Bacon Bites and Smoked Butternut Squash Spread on Baguette Toasts; Reverse Seared, Char Crusted Tri-Tip, Smoked Onion and Garlic Creamed Orzo and Mixed Vegetables; Bacon Baklava.

Tickets are available to both of these events, but Misko's class on competition style ribs and chicken is sold out. He will be doing a book signing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, accompanied by hors d oeuvres from his cookbook.

All events will be held at All Things BBQ located at 818 W. Douglas Ave., in the historic Delano district.

In a telephone interview, BBQ Brian lived up to the reputation Canadians have for affability, laughing and answering nope, not at all when asked if he foresaw his profile in the field taking off the way it has. All Things BBQ owner Don Cary said Misko's communications skills set him apart as a teacher.

Misko is also a big fan of Yoder Smokers, one of All Things BBQ's top lines of heavy-duty cookers.

I first met with Yoder at the American Royal [World Barbecue Invitational in Kansas City], he said. The machines that they had were not only eye catching, but I could see a lot of teams were using them. They had great credentials and credibility behind them.

Today he uses the YS1500 pellet smoker as his primary cooker and recently added the small YS640 to his outdoor kitchen set-up as well.

Our awards and winnings increased when we started using the Yoders, Misko said. I'm not looking back.

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