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VIDEO- Ardie "Remus Powers" Davis, PhB: "America's Best BBQ" (65 mins)

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    VIDEO- Ardie "Remus Powers" Davis, PhB: "America's Best BBQ" (65 mins)

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    Ardie Davis is perhaps the best known face and name on the barbecue circuit where, under the handle Remus Powers, he can often be found issuing the oath to judges. He is also beloved for his humorous monthly column in the Kansas City Barbeque Society Bull Sheet. He was named a Kansas City Barbecue Legend by the Kansas City Star with Calvin Trillin, Paul Kirk, Carolyn Wells, Ollie Gates, Rich Davis, Arthur Bryant, Anthony Rieke, Amazing Grace Harris, and Henry Perry. He also writes a weekly column Kansas City Star Chow Town blog on barbecue-related topics.

    Lately, Davis has been eating his way across the nation with Chef Paul Kirk working on the second edition of "America's Best BBQ, 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses, and restaurants", released in March 2015. Click image for larger version

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    His other books are 25 Essentials: Smoking; 25 Essentials: Grilling; the 25th Anniversary Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook with Paul Kirk and Carolyn Wells; America's Best Ribs, with Paul Kirk; America's Best BBQ – Homestyle – What the Champs Cook in Their Backyards, with Paul Kirk; and The Great Barbecue Sauce Book; Kansas City BBQ Pocket Guide.

    Davis is a certified Memphis Barbecue Network Judge and a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Certified Master Judge. A charter lifetime member of KCBS, he has served three terms on the Board of Directors. While on the board he proposed the development of a KCBS Certified Barbecue Judge (CBJ) program. Davis and Ed Roith wrote the original judge certification curriculum and conducted the first classes. The CBJ program has become a successful sanctioned contest network resource of more than 17,000 certified barbecue judges in the US and other countries. Davis penned the official judges' oath administered at all KCBS-sanctioned contests, and to Meathead in this video. He is now a Board Member Emeritus and inductee in the KCBS Hall of Flame.

    Davis also founded the Diddy-Wa-Diddy National Barbecue Sauce Contest in his backyard patio in 1984. Three years later the contest became the American Royal International Barbecue Sauce, Rub & Baste Contest.

    Davis has appeared on various TV and radio shows, including three History Channel programs: "Modern Marvels, America Eats: Barbecue", and "How the States Got Their Shapes – State of Rebellion". A thoughtful philosophy major in college, Davis' interests are wide-ranging.

    For our Seminar we'll get him to tell us about some of his favorite barbecue joints across the nation, his favorite dishes, and his philosophy of barbecue. Among his gems from this interview: "Barbecuers were the original philosophers. They used to sit around the campfire eating barbecue, talking about the meaning of life. That's where we get the expression 'I Have a bone to pick with you.'" Here are his and Paul's Top 10 lists: Click image for larger version

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    He also tells a bit about his hobby of collecting BBQ postcards, so if you find some, send them to

    Ardie Davis
    5206 West 58th Street
    Shawnee Mission, KS 66205-2850

    Photos by Meathead
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    Hmmm, couple video edits on that oath.


    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      He made a stumble. Nerves. We fixed. Shhhhhhh.

    • Jerod Broussard
      Jerod Broussard commented
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      Don't worry, I laid ALL the blame on you. Meathead

    • bradjo222
      bradjo222 commented
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      I didn't listen to the whole thing but what I did listen to there was very little of America's Best BBQ

    Could you cut down the volume on the intro song, please? It's quite loud and very distorted. I back the Vimeo volume all the way down and have to cut the volume on the computer as well just to avoid getting deafened.

    Otherwise, no complaints. Love the interviews, keep up the good work!



    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      I am a real rookie when it comes to video editing... It is harder than brisket.

    Thank you so very much -- wonderful. More please.



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